Smart grid cybersecurity initiative launched in Netherlands


Bram Reinders,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — November 21, 2011 – The Cyber-TEC initiative has been launched in The Netherlands as a public-private partnership on cyber security for smart grids and other critical infrastructures.

The initiative aims to take a leading role in Europe on cybersecurity of critical (information) infrastructures by bundling knowledge and know-how through one facilitating organization.

Through a network of people and organizations, Cyber-TEC intends to offer research and development and test bed facilities, information and knowledge sharing, and education and training.

Initially the focus will be on smart grids and process control. In the future it will be extended to include water supply, chemicals and oil, food, telecom/ICT, transport, finance and defense, among others.

Cyber-TEC will strive for a coordinating and organizing role on European level, with the aim to develop into the European Cyber Security Research and Technology Center. It will build alliances both within Europe as well as with organizations elsewhere in the world.

“Cyber-TEC will link a unique set of actors in the cybersecurity field, and as a public-private partnership will create new dynamics,” according to Bram Reinders of the utility Alliander, one of the founding partners, who invites interested organizations to make contact.

Other founding partners include consultant Kema, telecoms company KPN, Radboud University Nijmegen, the research organization TNO, cybersecurity platform CPNI.NL, and the central government body Rijksoverheid.