cyber security

Cyber security: defending the grid

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Cyber security: defending the grid

The recent stand-off between the US and Iran raised fears that the UK grid could be targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Network asked Professor Roger Kemp and Ahmed Kotb at the Institution of Engineering and Technology about the risks.

“Winning means you have impressed your colleagues”

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“Winning means you have impressed your colleagues”

As the deadline for entering the Network Awards 2020 approaches, Network is asking the judging panel for their tips on writing an impactful entry that stands out from the crowd. John Parsons, director of digital at the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association, hopes to find a sector clued up on cyber security and digitalisation.

Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

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Delivering the smart grid with bandwith for the future

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is undertaking a project to address the bandwidth and security requirements for the smart grid. Kinan Ghanem, communications and systems integration lead, discusses how the project is progressing.

Keeping assets safe

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Keeping assets safe

Security of critical infrastructure has hit the headlines recently, with increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks targeting the drive to digitalise our systems. Jeopardising the functionality of these assets can materially impact economic security, public health and safety. Cara MacGregor, head of strategy at Lagoni Engineering, discusses the work it's doing in this area.

Protecting physical assets

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Protecting physical assets

Cyber security may be high on the agendas of energy network companies. But they also need to remember that physical risks to their infrastructure are also a very real threat. What can they do to prevent uncontrolled access, and protect their physical assets? Risk professionals from network companies met at a roundtable event hosted by Network, in association with Abloy, to find out. Lois Vallely reports. 

Staying safe and smart

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Staying safe and smart

Siemens energy management division head of cyber security Volker Distelrath talks to Greg Pitcher about digital networks, data analytics and the importance of simulating cyber-attacks to stay safe.

The increasing threat of cyber-attacks

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The increasing threat of cyber-attacks

There is no doubt that cyber-attacks on energy companies and infrastructure have increased in scope and severity over the past decade. Ben Hargreaves provides an overview of this important subject area and looks at what can be done to keep energy networks secure.

Embracing change

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Embracing change

Akshay Kaul, director of network price controls at Ofgem, speaks exclusively to Network editor Alec Peachey about the regulator's stakeholder engagement incentive and a range of other subjects including RIIO2, innovation and the future energy system.

Protection, monitoring and control

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Protection, monitoring and control

National Grid is rising to new challenges in the vital areas of protection, monitoring and control with one eye on its back and the other very much on the future. Ben Graff, head of T2 stakeholder engagement at National Grid, highlights the work being done by the system operator.

Cyber threat to energy infrastructure, Kapersky Lab research finds

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Cyber threat to energy infrastructure, Kapersky Lab research finds

Research carried out by Kapersky Lab has found that the number of attacks on energy organisations noticeably exceeded those faced by other industries in the second half of 2017.

Cyber safety warning over UK’s energy infrastructure

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Cyber safety warning over UK’s energy infrastructure

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned that the UK must make sure it's adequately and properly defended against cyber-attacks amidst warnings about the safety of the country's key energy infrastructure and supply.

IME wants networks to improve digital infrastructure

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IME wants networks to improve digital infrastructure

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called for new levels of digital resilience and reliability to be built into electricity networks, including protection against hackers.

Energy firms told to boost cyber security

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Energy firms told to boost cyber security

Energy firms could be fined up to £17 million if they fail to have robust safeguards in place against cyber attacks.

Keeping networks safe

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Keeping networks safe

The changing face of networks could allow hackers more opportunities to target the UK's major power companies. Greg Pitcher explores the issues.

Responding to network threats

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Responding to network threats

The recent increase in sophisticated, targeted security threats by both external and inside attackers has increased the awareness and urgency of communication service providers, mission-critical network operators and utility network operators for implementing comprehensive security strategies. Nokia's Mauricio Subieta - cyber security for utilities program lead - speaks to Network.

Executives worried cyber-attacks could bring down grids

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Executives worried cyber-attacks could bring down grids

Almost two thirds of utility executives believe their country faces a "moderate risk" of electricity supply interruption from a cyber-attack over the next five years, according to new research.

Britain’s energy sector targeted by ‘state-sponsored’ hackers

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Britain’s energy sector targeted by ‘state-sponsored’ hackers

The energy sector in the UK has likely been targeted by "state-sponsored" hackers, a leaked report issued by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned.

Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

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Why the NIS Directive is making utility security a priority

Utilities must act now and prioritise action to prevent potential security breaches and ensure security of supply, writes Jon Longstaff, head of Cyber Security (EMEA) at OMNETRIC Group.