The energy system is one of the most complex and largest infrastructures in Europe as well as one of the most critical assets for a modern society and its economic activities, welfare and stability. Today, the energy sector is undergoing a very rapid change to increase the share of renewable energy sources which are at the same time more intermittent and distributed. The energy system is subject to a continuously increasing degree of digitisation, moving towards smarter grids and connecting to the Internet of Things through smart devices.
This digitisation brings new challenges for the sector, in particular with respect to cyber security. In cyber security, one size does not fit all. Security paradigms from the internet will not necessarily apply in the energy sector.
The Commission Recommendation on Cybersecurity in the energy sector adopted on 3 April 2019 is a major step to address energy-specific cybersecurity needs, by identifying the key actions required to preserve or strengthen cybersecurity while addressing the characteristics of the sector, notably real-time requirements, cascading effects and the mix of legacy and state-of-the-art technology.
The aim of this session is to discuss the uptake and implementation of the Commission Recommendation, as well as future work in the field of cybersecurity in the energy sector such as a network code on cybersecurity for electricity and certification in the energy sector.