Security policy 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 policy program for 2020.

Security policy program 2020

The focus in 2020 was on European regulation. ENCS continued to support its members in understanding the fast-changing European regulatory landscape as well as providing updates on trends and developments. Several relevant consultations were launched by the European Commission in which ENCS actively participated, for example on Network Codes and the revision of the NIS Directive.

A proposed NIS 2 Directive was adopted by the European Commission and ENCS summarized the changes relevant to its members in a report.

In line with the increasing certification of ICT products, services and processes mandated by the 2019 Cybersecurity Act and due to the published requirements for an Industrial Automation & Control Systems Components Cybersecurity Certification Scheme (ICCS) by the Joint Research Center (JRC), ENCS issued a recommendation that its members prepare for a certification meeting the requirements in the JRC ICCS.

Network code on cybersecurity

ENCS continued the support of expert groups at EU level. ENTSO-E and the four DSO associations were tasked with writing the draft Network Code on Cybersecurity. ENCS supported the informal drafting team through its expertise.

E.DSO, ENCS and ENTSO-E joint event

Together with E.DSO and ENTSO-E, ENCS organized a joint cybersecurity event on data sharing. Due to the COVID 19 travel restrictions, the event was held as two webinars. Each webinars was attended by over 150 participants, including many EU policy makers.

E.DSO task force on cybersecurity

ENCS continued its support of the E.DSO Task Force 4 on cybersecurity. The Task Force endorsed the security requirements for distribution automation RTUs.

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