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

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.

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