TenneT; EDSO; security; critical infrastructure

EDSO and the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) have signed a MoU to work together in the fields of energy distribution and cybersecurity.The Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids (EDSO) will collaborate and exchange knowledge with the ENCS in the fields of security regulations, effective cyber security practices and standardisation for energy distribution companies. [Cybersecurity to dominate EU utilities’ IT spend, says report]

EDSO is the European association of electricity distribution system operators (DSOs) working to bring smart grids from vision to reality in Europe and is focused on guiding EU RD&I, policy and Member State regulation to support smart grid development.

[quote] The ENCS is a non-profit member organisation that brings together critical infrastructure stake owners and security experts to deploy secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure.

Grid security

According to a combined statement, the two associations agree to provide technical knowledge and expertise on policy level related to cybersecurity and mutual support in working groups and committees. [Establishing a cybersecurity roadmap in the digital age]

Through the MoU, EDSO and ENCS will also share information with their members about new developments, thereby creating stronger knowledge sharing activities within both networks.

Ana Aguado, Secretary-General, EDSO for Smart Grids, commented: "Safe and secure electricity networks are vital for Europe’s economy. As the development of distributed generation, smart metering and related distribution network digitalisation and connectivity continues to grow, so do the associated risks related to privacy.

"Cyber security is therefore becoming ever more important against these challenges. We strongly welcome our cooperation with ENCS in this field as a major step to ensuring the safety of our energy system infrastructure."

Anjos Nijk, ENCS managing director, said: "We are thrilled to have entered in a cooperation with EDSO. ENCS has been working hard on issues related to cyber security, distribution automation and smart metering."

Nijk added: "This cooperation will provide necessary tools to make significant steps forward in cyber security. We are looking forward to having EDSO work with us, to jointly share information and make cyber security even stronger."

 

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