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The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and EDSO have extended their partnership to enhance cybersecurity frameworks in Europe.

The extended partnership opens a large potential for collaboration in areas such as security requirements, training, regulatory recommendations and validation and testing of cybersecurity solutions.

The two will deliver a large array of contributions to cybersecurity in EU power grids, such security requirements jointly endorsed by EDSO and ENCS, high-level events, position papers, and technical insights.

Building on two years of successful collaboration, this new step will boost technical excellence in the power distribution industry, promote efficient regulatory frameworks and provisions, and identify solid requirements for secure grids.

On 9 June 2016, EDSO and ENCS had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the view of working together on knowledge exchange for security regulations, effective cybersecurity practices and standardisation for energy distribution companies.

This cooperation was a success and, in addition to its initial objective, led to the development of a solid trust relationship, a convergence in the membership base of the two organisations and a stronger global expertise of cybersecurity issues in the European distribution industry.

Anjos Nijk, Managing Director of ENCS, said: "Our collaboration with EDSO so far has been a great success. Protecting energy grids from cyber threats requires a trusted and collaborative community. That is what we aim to provide at ENCS and our work with EDSO on security regulations, standardisation and best practice for DSOs have benefited from our close collaboration. We are both network organisations, with the goal of helping our existing and new members across Europe keep their grids secure. This strengthened partnership will help us do exactly that.

“Throughout the EU, smart and digital electricity networks have become fundamental drivers towards decarbonised societies and economies. However, while digital components and systems represent key enablers, they also open the door for emerging cyber threats. DSOs have taken this risk very seriously and this renewed partnership is another evidence of our commitment to tackle this threat as our duty to the European citizens”, added EDSO’s Secretary General, Roberto Zangrandi.