Security operations program 2020

Since 2018, ENCS organises its knowledge development in 3 programs: policy, architecture, and operations. Below, you can explore what we worked on in these areas during 2020.

Since 2018, ENCS organises its knowledge development in 3 programs: policy, architecture, and operations. Below, you can explore what we worked on these areas in 2020.

The security programs of 2020 focused on the following activities:

  • In the policy program, the focus in 2020 was on European regulation. ENCS anticipated that grid operators would be affected more and more by European laws and directives on security, such as the NIS directive, the Cybersecurity Act and the network code on cybersecurity. By being actively involved in EU groups, ENCS aimed to inform its members on these developments and, where possible, influence regulation so that it addresses topics important to grid operators in the right way.
  • In the architecture program, we expanded the work on security requirements. New requirement sets were developed to cover distributed energy resources and central systems.
  • In the operations program, we planned to create an active community of security operations analysts at ENCS members that can share operational information about vulnerabilities, threats, and recommendations on how to address them.

In the 2020 security programs, ENCS produced 31 new documents on its portal and organized 19 community events. Below, you can read more about what we achieved on our security operations program for 2020.

Security operations program 2020

In the operations program, ENCS completed a member project for the evaluation of OT sensors placed directly in substations. An initial market survey revealed that the core functions of the majority of the sensors are the same as they were in the 2017 project. Also, on paper, all sensors could detect all vulnerabilities and all incidents. To evaluate them in practice, five sensors underwent extensive testing in the ENCS lab.  The sensors were trained on substation traffic collected from members and different test cases were injected in the traffic to see if the sensors detect them. The test results can be found here.

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