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.