Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding between Japan, U.S. and European Energy - ISAC

Brussels, October 17, 2018 - European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EE-ISAC) is proud to announce the signing of a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Electricity - Information Sharing & Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and Japan Electricity - Information Sharing & Analysis Center (JE-ISAC) at the Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon) held in October 17, 2018, in Las Vegas, U.S.

The Grid Security Conference organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) gathered together more than 500 cyber security experts from industry and policy makers to discuss on infrastructure security threats, raise awareness on cyber threats and inform industry with security best-practices. Johan Rambi, Privacy and Cyber Security Advisor of EE-ISAC signed the trilateral MoU with Jim Robb, President and CEO of NERC, and Katsuyuki Abe, Secretary General of JE-ISAC. 

Cyber Security is a shared responsibility and thus cooperation is crucial to fight cyber security attacks, by sharing knowledge, education and good practices. The MoU establishes relations of trust with reliable partners of E-ISAC and JE-ISAC in order to manage cyber risks and ensure resilience across borders.

About EE-ISAC

European Energy - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EE-ISAC) is an industry-driven, information sharing network of trust. Both private utilities and solution providers and (semi)public institutions such as academia, governmental and non-profit organizations share valuable information on cyber security and cyber resilience. The EE-ISAC is the result of the European research project DENSEK, which was realized with the financial support of the Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security-related Risks Programme, European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs.

About JE-ISAC

Japan Electricity - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (JE-ISAC) gathers information related to cyber security, analyzes information considering the contents of information collected and shares the information and analysis results among the members with the aim of formulating rules and promoting mutual assistance activities that derive from the information sharing among members.

About E-ISAC

Electricity - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), under the ISAC framework of a U.S. government construct, extends across the bulk power system territory, which includes all of the U.S., Canada, and portions of Mexico. The E-ISAC handles physical or cyber issues impacting members to allow tactical response, sharing, and communication. Peer groups connect E-ISAC portal members with industry's sharpest experts to share best practices and lessons learned, and to serve as a forum for networking and engaged discussions. The physical security team provides expert advice and analysis to members to better understand both physical security needs as well as respond to and coordinate with law enforcement and intelligence partners at the local, state, and federal levels.

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EE-ISAC at European Utility Week 2018

The EE-ISAC took part during the European Utility Week 2018 in Vienna. This annual event hosts the environment for all key players in the smart energy ecosystem to come together and discuss European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply. The topic of Cyber Security was discussed during one of the Hub sessions looking particularly at "A Single Cyber Secure Market". The session was chaired by Paul Smith of Austrian Institute of Technology, member of EE-ISAC. The session included a presentation by Nuno Medeires of EDP Distribuição, member of EE-ISAC. This utility presentation touched upon the Cybersecurity Strategy for Mission Critical Substations. The Cyber Security session ended with a Q&A sitting between Paul, Nuno and the audience.

EE-ISAC at #CySecEn, Brussels

On October 11, 2018, EE-ISAC was invited by the European Commission (DG ENER), Austrian Federal Chancellery and the German Economic Institute to partake to the workshop of the High-level conference on “Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector” held at the European Commission in Brussels.

The conference, with a focus on rendering the European energy grid smarter to increase the share and use of intermittent renewable energies, dealt with the emergence of digital solutions to optimize the electrical, gas and oil systems and the cyberattacks risks that come along with digitalization. Insights into costs and benefits of addressing risks of cybersecurity in the sector were provided during the conference

Specifically, EE-ISAC was invited to join the workshop on “Best practice from a sector: European Energy - Information Sharing & Analysis Centre – EE-ISAC” to disseminate best practices for enhancing organizational resilience and preparedness in the security of the European energy infrastructure. This allows us to illustrate EE-ISAC’s key strengths in engaging a variety of sector Stakeholders, in accessing a broad network of organizations, and in building a proactive and trust-based sharing community.

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ICS Cyber Security Conference in Ankara

The EE-ISAC was invited to share best practices and learned lessons on Cybersecurity in the European Energy industry at the ICS Cyber Security Conference in Ankara. On November 1st 2018, Johan Rambi joined a panel discussion on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Applications Across the World, Energy Security, Energy Strategies and Turkey with 

  • Can Demirel from Biznet Bilişim
  • Faruk Özer from Genel Energy
  • Özkan Demiröz MSIT from Demiroz Consultancy

Ready for the European Resilient Cyber Security Single Market?

October 16, 2018 – The European Energy-Information Sharing & Analysis Center (EE-ISAC) has organized at the European Parliament its first conference titled “Ready for the European Resilient Cyber Security Single Market?” to debate with DG ENER, DG CNECT and EDSO for Smart Grids on the future of cybersecurity in the Energy sector. The conference has been conceived in the framework of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) to raise awareness on cyber threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organizations as well as resources to be protected online, through education and sharing of good practices.

During the conference the first EE-ISAC white paper on Cyber Security Risk has been presented as well as the multilateral agreement to be signed the day after with the US E-ISAC and Japanese E-ISAC in Las Vegas, and those recently signed with the Energy Analytic Security Exchange (EASE) and the Norwegian KraftCERT organization.

Massimo Rocca, the Chairman of the EE-ISAC, kicked off emphasizing how crucial it is to ensure that the sources we rely on are trustful and secure.

MEP Pilar de Castillo (EPP), the host of the event, has recommended that "digital and energy is a winning alliance. If we manage to guarantee the adequate level of security, we will, at the same time, give a necessary step to establishing a very powerful combination that will drive the competitiveness of the European economy to the next level in the context of the global market".

The message was further reinforced by all panelists. Jakub Boratyński from DG CNECT, noted that the EE-ISAC bottom-up approach which facilitates the monitoring on the lack of compliance is a terrific example of how ISACs should operate and reveals to be an important resource for the European Commission itself.

Michaela Kollau from DG ENER claimed “in cybersecurity fast cooperation is key, both among the relevant players and stakeholders and among all the European Union Member States by launching and promoting programs such as Horizon”.

In addition, Roberto Zangrandi from EDSO for Smart Grids, stresses the importance of digital safety for the citizens in the energy industry as well as in all digitalized sectors, as we are now moving from Corporate Social Responsibility to Digital Social Responsibility”. He urges a stronger cooperation between the main stakeholders and policy makers to formulate and conceive a “forward-looking regulation”.

About the EE-ISAC

It is an industry-driven, information sharing network of trust. Both private utilities and solution providers and (semi)public institutions such as academia, governmental and non-profit organizations share valuable information on cyber security and cyber resilience. The EE-ISAC is the result of the European research project DENSEK, which was realized with the financial support of the Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security-related Risks Programme, European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs.

For more information, please visit www.ee-isac.eu. For media inquiries, please contact pia@ianusgroup.com.  

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