Europe’s energy companies have made real progress on cyber security in many ways. But actions speak louder than words, and cyber security needs to be a core component of any utility’s strategy, argues Michael John.
Michael John is Director of operations at the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS), an organisation supporting the deployment of secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure.
We are familiar with capacity gaps in the energy sector. Here is a statement that I’m sure most of our industry leaders would agree with: Society needs energy, and demand will only grow. We need more power and to be smarter about how we use it to maintain security of supply.
Now replace the word ‘power’ with ‘cyber security resource’. Would as many people agree? They should, because it’s true.
This resource gap is very real, and it’s crucial we get to grips with it as our infrastructure becomes smarter and