German energy company innogy has joined the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS), a non-profit member organisation dedicated to the cyber security of Europe’s energy grids.
Using a collaborative, membership-based approach, ENCS aims to safeguard cyber security across the European energy sector.
innogy New Technology Grid & Infrastructure Segment head Dr Andreas Breuer said: “Energy infrastructure is critical and faces a rising number of cyber-attacks, while the complexity of the threats is also increasing.
“This is why we seek the exchange of knowledge within the ENCS about possible counter-strategies, with the network having a clear focus on infrastructure-related business.”
Established in 2012, ENCS has a team of researchers and test specialists who work with members and partners on applied research, defining technical security requirements, component and end-to-end testing, as well as education and training.
ENCS managing director Anjos Nijk said: “innogy is a unique company that can draw on the long experience and heritage of its parent company while also being a new entity that is completely focused on our new energy world.
“As you’d expect from such a company, cybersecurity is at the forefront of its thinking. We’re confident innogy will both get and add huge value to the network.”
Currently, ENCS is working with various utilities across Europe and is engaged in sharing its knowledge and expertise.
Over the course of this year, ENCS will focus on security policy, architecture and operations.