A recent smart grid report commissioned by the UK-based Energy Networks Association (ENA) found that cyber security plans for the UK need a more coherent approach to meet security concerns.

The report, ‘UK Smart Grid Cyber Security’, was prepared by KEMA for ENA. The report contains a number of recommendations to improve cyber security for the UK smart grid.

The report makes recommendations for national and organizational level actions.

At the national level, it says: cyber security should be collaborated globally; a risk assessment process for the smart grid should be set up; smart grid cyber security should be part of the evaluation procedure for low-carbon network funding projects; and smart grid security should be incorporated into the work of the Smart Grids Forum.

At the organizational level, cyber security should be under the explicit control of management, who should set up a detailed audit to identify and deal with gaps in current practices.

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