EE-ISAC and European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) Establish Partnership

December 21, 2021

Brussels, Belgium – In efforts to continue protecting the utilities sector, the European Energy-Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (EE-ISAC) and European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to  strengthen cooperation in threat intelligence across Europe.

EE-ISAC and ENCS will share  information on vulnerabilities and threats against utilities and citizens across Europe . This intelligence will reinforce the resilience of the European grid system from cyberattacks.

EE-ISAC is the result of multidisciplinary cooperation reached in Europe by private operators, vendors, academia and (non-)governmental agencies, with the mission of contributing resilience through information sharing within a community of over 25 members. Activities include sharing information on the evolution of the threat to energy infrastructures and sharing of best practices and innovative initiatives in the context of the protection of networks, industrial systems and operational technology.

ENCS is a non-profit organisation owned by grid operators with dedicated researchers and technical specialists, on a mission to improve cyber security by sharing knowledge in its extensive network through events, portal documents, testing, training, and consulting.

This new agreement encompasses participation in regular meetings to exchange information about ongoing or upcoming activities and projects to facilitate the identification of opportunities for common projects regarding incident analysis, threat modelling, technical standard analysis, regulation and compliance analysis, technical equipment analysis.

Together, the two organisations enable the sharing of information between more than 50 stakeholder groups. Through collaboration, this partnership will shed more light on threats against the energy industry and improve security for members and European citizens.

”We are happy to reconnect with EE-ISAC after our early engagement as a founding member”, said Anjos Nijk, Managing Director of ENCS. “In the current flow of threat level development we require the involvement of all stakeholder parties in various settings to keep pace with the malicious actors”.

Massimo Rocca, EE-ISAC Board Member: “Cooperating with ENCS through this new partnership is an exciting opportunity to activate new initiatives within EE-ISAC’s thematic taskforces, synergising with ENCS’ leading capabilities. This gives the EE-ISAC a more mature and structured approach to threat analysis which will benefit the entire network of trust.”

European Energy Information Sharing & Analysis Centre is an industry-driven, information sharing network of trust. Private utilities, solution providers and (semi)public institutions such as academia, governmental and non-profit organizations share valuable information on cyber security and cyber resilience in the European Energy industry.
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About ENCS
The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together critical infrastructure stakeholders 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), Transport System Operators (TSOs) and regulators.

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