Picture: former Interim Chair Johan Rambi (left) handing over chairman's gavel to Aurélio Blanquet (right).
Vienna, 3 December 2015 – The members of the European Energy - Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (EE-ISAC) welcome the election of mister Aurélio Blanquet (Director - Division of Automation and Telecommunications, EDP Distribuição) as chair and Johan Rambi (Alliander), Robert Redl (EVN Group), Volker Distelrath (Siemens AG) and Chris McIntosh (ViaSat UK) as Members of the Board.
EE-ISAC is the first European ISAC for the smart energy sector. ISACs are networks of trust in which both private and public parties share security information either on a Human-to-Human basis via Member Meetings, digitally via an Information Sharing Platform or on a Machine-to-Machine level via Situational Awareness Networks.
EE-ISAC is answering a need for international collaboration at European level in order to protect the energy sector from cyber-attacks. “If we want to tackle future issues more effectively, we have to start taking an open approach towards cyber security. The only way forward is to share experiences with security incidents, whether they are success stories or not. EE-ISAC offers a platform to share this sensitive information in a secure way” says mister Blanquet.
This non-profit, industry-driven network is a joint initiative of 4 major European utilities together with technical universities, security technology providers and governmental & non-profit organizations.
Alliander, EDP Distribuição, EVN, TU Delft, SecurityMatters, Siemens, ViaSat, ENCS and the NCSC-NL are the founding members of EE-ISAC. Enel, ENISA, KU Leuven and Accenture are finalising their founding membership procedure. New members are Applied Risk, Webster University and T-Systems Austria GesmbH.
Cyber security information sharing on a European level
EE-ISAC enables top utility security experts to learn from their peer's experiences with security incidents, compare and evaluate security solutions (both from a technical and operational viewpoint) and discuss future challenges. Members benefit from an open dialogue with industry partners and suppliers. The trust-based environment in which members share information is legally defined by the Terms of Reference, to be signed by every individual member.
The strength and unique characteristics of EE-ISAC lie within the private/public composition of the partnership - bridging the gaps between the different disciplines, the lasting nature of the relationship between the participants – strengthening the already legally defined relationship of trust, and the low-profile, industry driven organisation of the network.
Requests for membership, interviews, logos and additional pictures can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.