Smart Grid Cyber Security report urges government to secure future of electricity infrastructure

Energy networks urged to develop cyber security strategy

Energy networks and the government must develop a strategy to secure the future of electricity infrastructure.

Although the report found future plans for energy distribution network operators and government to be rigorous, it urged for a clearer and joined-up approach to meet security concerns of the future.

“The UK is taking action now, investing in smart grid development and planning for the future,” said Energy Minister Charles Hendry.

“We will study the report's recommendations carefully and the government will shortly publish a high level strategy for the development of the smart grid as part of the forthcoming White Paper on electricity market reform.”

The report into Smart Grid Cyber Security was commissioned by Energy Network Association for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) 

Its findings come just weeks before a newly formed taskforce will bring together the energy networks' and government's security advisers to discuss how the future influx of IT and communications on the grid will be protected.

“In the future our energy networks will be 'smarter' and more complex to ensure we provide for the diverse nature of our energy generation and consumption,” said Energy Networks Association chief executive David Smith.

“Through a coordinated approach to cyber security we can ensure the lower carbon future of our energy networks with their greater communication is secure and robust.

“We are keen to work with government so that cyber security is not a sub-project but reflects the risks posed to critical infrastructure we depend upon so much.”

Further reading:

See the full Energy Networks Association report on energy cyber security

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