EVN joins the European Network for Cyber Security to improve smart grid security
ENCS’ information and knowledge sharing services will be essential in protecting EVN’s critical infrastructures
The Hague, Netherlands and Maria Enzersdorf, Austria, March, 10, 2015 – EVN, the largest multi-energy provider in Austria, today announced that it is joining the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) as a member the companies will work together to establish a new set of smart meter security requirements. This membership will strengthen EVN’s security strategy and pave the way for its future deployments.
This announcement commits the two organizations to share knowledge and expertise in cyber security for smart meter systems and critical infrastructures. The collaboration focuses on research, testing, knowledge sharing and training activities for the development of smart metering infrastructure and the smart grid.
ENCS and its member DSOs specialize in the development of security requirements for smart metering which are aligned with European Commission positioning and other European smart grid projects. These security requirements address specific security threats and risks identified during EVN’s risk assessment phase, meeting the company’s smart grid architecture, technology choices and security goals.
“For EVN, we have been looking for a pan European partner who can combine expertise in cyber security on a technical level as well as one who is actively conducting research into new techniques and cryptology that we can call upon to protect our networks. That partner for us is the European Network for Cyber Security. Security and safety of the energy supply is a focus point for EVN. By working together with other DSOs, we can build a more resilient network not only for EVN, but for everyone,” says Robert Redl, CIO, EVN.
“We are honored to welcome EVN as a Member of ENCS. Together with our other members including Alliander, E.ON and Enexis we are working together to set the standard in cyber security for smart grid and smart meter deployments across Europe. ENCS’ mission is to bring critical infrastructure stake holders and security experts together in order to deploy secure European critical energy grids that meet today’s challenges, but to also be future proofed for the challenges of tomorrow. The addition of EVN to our community is valuable to this goal,” states Jouke Eikelboom, Managing Director, at ENCS.
EVN provides its home market in Lower Austria with electricity, natural gas, heat, drinking water and wastewater treatment, waste incineration and related services from a single supplier. Furthermore, the company operates cable TV and telecommunications networks and offers various energy services for private and business customers as well as municipalities as part of its portfolio.
The energy business abroad includes retailing both electricity and natural gas in Germany, electricity in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and natural gas in Croatia. Additionally energy business includes electricity production in Macedonia. Further business activities are the production and retail of heat in Bulgaria, the procurement of electricity, natural gas and other primary energy sources, and the trade of electricity and gas on wholesale markets.
About European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS)
The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is a non-profit member organization that brings together critical infrastructure stake owners and security experts to deploy secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure. Founded in 2012, ENCS has dedicated researchers and test specialists who work with members and partners on applied research, defining technical security requirements, component and end-to-end testing, as well as education & training. ENCS uses its network in academia, government and business to provide cyber security solutions and counsel dedicated to the needs of national Distribution System Operators (DSO) and regulators. ENCS’s core focus is around educating and solving cyber security challenges in the development and operation of energy grids and other critical infrastructure grids across Europe.
For more information about ENCS, please visit www.encs.eu