ENGIE Laborelec, the utilities research division of ENGIE Group, is working with India’s Tata Consultancy Services to develop cybersecurity products and services for utilities.

The partnership is also intended to help prepare the energy industry for the European Union’s recently-implemented National Infrastructure Security Directive, the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity which has special provisions for organizations providing critical services such as energy.

Satish Thiagarajan, global head of the Cyber Security Practice at Tata Consultancy Services, said that “utilities looking to succeed in the Business 4.0 world are creatively using technology to leverage new ecosystems and create exponential value for customers. To succeed, they must build these on a robust foundation of digital security.”

He said the utilities sector “is currently on a digital transformation journey which promises immense value creation, but also raises new risks. OT systems, which traditionally operated in silos, are increasingly connected through shared infrastructure, the cloud and Internet of Things ecosystems. While this is helping utilities move beyond the limitations of their OT, improve operational efficiency and unlock new revenue streams, it also makes them vulnerable to security breaches by malicious actors.”

Olivier Vandelaer, Director of Cyber Security at ENGIE Laborelec, said collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services “will enhance global customer resilience and reduce the risk of emerging cyber threats against critical energy infrastructure”.

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