German energy giant innogy has joined the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS).
Specializing in renewables, grid and infrastructure as well as retail operations, innogy has adopted many digital and smart grid technologies. However, the company recognizes that with a more connected energy system comes an added need for cyber security.
Dr Andreas Breuer, Head of New Technology, Grid & Infrastructure Segment at innogy said: “Energy infrastructure is critical and faces a rising number of cyberattacks, while the complexity of the threats is also increasing. This is why we seek the exchange of knowledge within the ENCS about possible counter-strategies, with the network having a clear focus on infrastructure-related business.”
ENCS already works with many utilities across Europe, sharing knowledge and expertise, collaborating on research projects and conducting training. Over the course of this year, particular areas of focus will be on security policy, architecture and operations.
“innogy is a unique company that can draw on the long-experience and heritage of its parent company while also being a new entity that is completely focused on our new energy world,” said ENCS managing director Anjos Nijk.
“As you’d expect from such a company, cyber security is at the forefront of its thinking. We’re confident innogy will both get and add huge value to the network.”
Catch up with our in-depth feature on ENCS, in which we visited the organization in The Netherlands where it led a cybersecurity training workshop for employees of Europe’s transmission system operators.