ENISA on Smart Grids: a Risk-Based Approach Is Key to Secure Implementation

The agency has released a new report regarding the rollout of smart grids

By Eduard Kovacs on December 19th, 2012 19:51 GMT

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has released a new report to help smart grid providers properly secure their infrastructures against cyberattacks.

The European Union hopes to achieve a 20% increase in renewable energy, a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. Smart grids can help a lot in achieving these goals, but they must be rolled out in a secure way.

That’s why ENISA proposes the adoption of a minimum set of security measures established by all the stakeholders.

Unlike the US, where regulations are stricter, the European approach offers a higher degree of freedom. The guidelines provided by the regulators can be tailored depending on the specific needs of various actors.

ENISA proposes a scalability of 39 security measures, classified into three different levels of sophistication that fall under ten domains, including security governance and risk management, third-parties management, personnel security training, incident response and information sharing, physical security, and network security.

The complete report is available on ENISA’s website.
ENISA issues new report on smart grids
   ENISA issues new report on smart grids