DSO Entity and the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) signed on 30 November 2023 in Paris a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the state of the art of the cyber security regulation, practices, and standards for the electricity distribution system.
This tighter collaboration is an important step towards increasing the resilience of Europe’s power system against cyber-attacks.
Under the MoU, ENCS and EU DSO Entity will share knowledge as well as best practices in the field of cybersecurity. Both organizations will combine strengths with the intention of supporting the deployment of secure European distribution grids”.
The cooperation will allow DSO Entity to utilise the expertise of ENCS and bind it with its workstreams to strengthen the development of good practices and security solutions for all European DSOs. The agreement will also enable ENCS to expand its expert knowledge pool and enlarge the community for trusted information and knowledge sharing.
Announcing the agreement, Peter Vermaat, Secretary General, DSO Entity said:
“As a very knowledgeable, independent, non-profit organisation, ENCS is a natural partner to us. Building on our existing relationships, we look forward to jointly work on good practices and pragmatic security solutions for all European DSOs”.
According to Anjos Nijk, Managing Director, ENCS: “From the very start in 2012 ENCS worked closely with the DSO domain due to the unprecedented cybersecurity challenges imposed by the roll-out of smart meters at a European scale. Now cybersecurity has developed into an integral challenge for the grid as a whole. In light of the energy transition and geo-political tensions, the need to cope with grid security at the European level working with the best grid security expertise available has become evident”.
Read the Memorandum of Understanding here.