Protecting Europe against cyber-attacks: ENCS & ENTSO-E join forces

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) today sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop state of the art cyber security regulation, practices & standards for the electricity transmission system.

This tighter collaboration between ENCS & ENTSO-E is an important step towards increasing the resilience of Europe’s power system against cyber-attacks.

Under the MoU, ENCS and ENTSO-E will share expertise, information and resources: ENCS providing ENTSO-E with technical information and support on cyber security issues while ENTSO-E will give ENCS insights into the European transmission system and the particular challenges faced by its operators.

“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.”

“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 cyber security 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.

About the European Network for Transmission System Operators for Electricity
ENTSO-E is the European network gathering 43 electricity transmission system operators of 36 countries. Created by EU legislation, ENTSO-E is tasked with important mandates such as pan-European market data platforms, grid modelling & development plans, grid security analysis and technical & market rules and also policy proposals. In all it does ENTSO-E strives to serve Europe and its citizens, to be market-oriented, environmentally and socially responsible, transparent, collaborative and visionary.

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