EirGrid develops and operates the national electricity grid, so that everyone has power when and where they need it. The grid takes electricity from where it is generated and delivers it to the distribution network, operated by ESB, which powers every home, business, school, hospital, factory and farm on the island. EirGrid also supplies power directly to some of Ireland’s largest energy users. EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity: now, and in the future.
This is a significant step for ENCS, as with EirGrid another important part of Europe’s critical grid infrastructure is added to the scope of the ENCS cyber security expert community, advancing structural capacity building and information and knowledge sharing.
With EirGrid joining the ENCS community, the collaboration of real experts covering the TSO and DSO domains holistically further expands and intensifies.
Gary Allen, Interim Head of Enterprise Security at EirGrid, said: “We have robust cybersecurity measures in place across all our operational infrastructure and IT to protect against cyber threats. ENCS has developed solid expertise in the field of cybersecurity for TSOs, and our partnership will help us to further strengthen our practices.”
“With the increasing threat levels due to the Ukraine situation, as well as the rapidly changing energy system due to renewables, the need for collaboration and information sharing becomes more and more critical,” stated Anjos Nijk, Managing Director at ENCS. “We are excited that EirGrid is strengthening our community, enabling further harmonisation and faster capacity building to enhance Europe’s energy grid resilience”.
The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is an independent, non-profit organization owned by grid operators that helps its members cost-effectively reduce cyber-security risks.
Founded in 2012, ENCS has dedicated researchers and test specialists who work with members and partners on applied research, defining technical security requirements, component and end-to-end testing, as well as education & training. ENCS uses its network in academia,