The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dutch grid operator platform ElaadNL to help protect the Netherlands’ electric vehicle (EV) smart charging infrastructure from cyber security threats.

The partnership seeks to develop effective security measures, regulation, cyber security practices, and common standards for EV charging by sharing expertise, information, and resources.

The collaboration will benefit from ENCS’ technical knowledge of cyber security in the energy industry, while ElaadNL will provide its expertise in the Netherlands’ smart charging sector.

ElaadNL will also be able to receive technical expertise and practical solutions to protect its distribution systems operator (DSO) members, while ENCS is expected to expand its resource pool and knowledge-sharing community.

“The partnership seeks to develop effective security measures, regulation, cyber security practices, and common standards for EV charging.”

ElaadNL director Onoph Caron said: “In the Netherlands, we have one of the biggest EV markets in the world, with more than 100,000 EVs and even more charge points.

“Now, if you imagine connecting all those charge points to the smart grid, you can start to appreciate how important proper cyber security is. Working with ENCS helps us to ensure that security.”

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This latest partnership follows a previous collaboration between ENCS and ElaadNL on EV charging cyber security and the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).

ENCS Consulting Services director Michael John said: “As EVs become a significant part of the smart grid in the Netherlands and Europe, the standards and expertise we develop together will be vital in keeping charging infrastructure safe.”

Established in 2012, ENCS brings together critical infrastructure stakeholders and security experts to deploy secure critical energy grids across Europe.