FC Business Intelligence: Shell, E-ON and Elia Meet with ENISA and CPNI to Discuss European Cyber-security

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In the past few years there have been land mark changes to the Energy and Utility industries; from the increased connectivity for control systems, the roll out of ‘smart’ technology, to the game changing power of Stuxnet and Night Dragon. All this has led to increased attention at national and European levels to ensure the security of critical information infrastructure.

In November 2011 key cyber security representatives from ENISA, CPNI.NL, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice will be meeting with the lead partners of the WIB, Shell, E-ON, Elia, NEK and Alliander to discuss how cyber security for the European Energy and Utility industry should progress. The aim of this 2-day summit is to develop best practice guidelines to certify the security and reliability of your infrastructure and information assets.The efforts to secure Europe’s critical infrastructure is taking a very different route to that being taken in the USA.

There is movement on a national and international level for self-regulation being driven in many cases by the utility and energy companies themselves one leading example of this is the WIB (International Instrument Users Association) based in the Netherlands. On a government level attention to cyber security varies between nations with Scandinavia, the UK and the Netherlands leading the way. Elsewhere in Europe other countries are making efforts in this direction with Greece in the process of establishing a Computer Emergency Response Team with strong support from the Industrial Systems Institute.

On a Pan European level ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and starting to prioritize the energy industry and critical infrastructure on their agenda and it is certain more action will be taken on this line in the coming years. However it will take at least a year for a full European cyber security agency or CERT to be established and although some action is better than none will be this be too late?

As European drivers encourage the increased connectivity of energy networks across nations with the EU Supergrid the need for Pan-European standardization becomes increasingly vital. It is yet to be seen if this materializes from Pan-European agencies such as ENISA, national collaboration between CERT and CPNI organizations or from strengthening public private partnerships. What is certain is that information sharing between all parties is essential to ensure the on-going security of the European energy network.

The Summit is being held in Amsterdam, 8th – 9th November.

To find out more about the Energy and Utility Cyber Security industry and see the agenda and speaker line up for Novembers summit please visit: http://www.cybersummits.com/eu


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