The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) will today sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop state of the art cybersecurity regulation, practices and standards for the electricity transmission system.
This tighter collaboration between ENCS and ENTSO-E is an important step towards increasing the resilience of Europe’s power system against cyber-attacks.
Under the MoU, the organisations will share expertise, information and resources: ENCS providing ENTSO-E with technical information and support on cybersecurity issues while ENTSO-E will give insights into the European transmission system and the particular challenges faced by its operators.
Jointly addressing cybersecurity challenges
“As a membership organisation, our strength is in the huge collective experience and knowledge spread across our member base,” explains Anjos Nijk, managing director, ENCS.
“That’s what we bring to bear on solving Europe’s smart grid cyber security challenges. By collaborating with ENTSO-E, we gain visibility and insight from a wider and deeper pool of experts, and they can begin to benefit from the expertise we’ve developed,” added Nijk.
“The energy landscape is in a period of rapid transition,” says Laurent Schmitt, secretary general, ENTSO-E. “One of the biggest changes is the ever-mounting cybersecurity challenge. We’re delighted to work with ENCS, as well as with the European agency ENISA, to help our members increase their resilience while bringing their own very valuable contribution to the wider security conversation.”
This closer collaboration agreement results from a series of hacking and security training programmes organised by ENCS in which ENTSO-E and its members participated.