innogy, one of Europe’s leading energy companies, has joined the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS).

As one of Europe’s preeminent energy companies, specialising in renewable, grid and infrastructure as well as retail operations, innogy is at the forefront of trends such as digitalisation and a smarter grid. However, with a more connected energy system comes an added need for cyber security.

ENCS’ mission is to safeguard cyber security across the European energy sector through a collaborative, membership-based approach.

Dr Andreas Breuer, Head of New Technology, Grid & Infrastructure Segment, innogy SE comments: “Energy infrastructure is critical and faces a rising number of cyber-attacks, while the complexity of the threats is also increasing. This is why we seek the exchange of knowledge within the ENCS about possible counter-strategies, with the network having a clear focus on infrastructure-related business.”

ENCS already works with a wide variety of utilities across Europe, sharing knowledge and expertise, collaborating on research projects and conducting training. Over the course of 2018, particular areas of focus will be on security policy, architecture and operations.

“innogyis a unique company that can draw on the long-experience and heritage of its parent company while also being a new entity that is completely focused on our new energy world,” says Anjos Nijk, Managing Director, ENCS. “As you’d expect from such a company, cyber security is at the forefront of its thinking. We’re confident innogy will both get and add huge value to the network.”