The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday adopted a recommendation that provides guidance on how to address specific cybersecurity challenges in the energy sector.
The Commission said that to manage energy networks, a larger degree of digitalization is needed to ensure a permanent match between consumption and production.
"This increasing digitalization has made the energy system smarter and now enables consumers to benefit more from innovative energy services. However, with an increasingly digitized energy system, and more and more home appliances connected to the grid, cybersecurity has become of paramount importance and a concern for all, with an increasing number of incidents in recent times," the EC said.
The recommendation identifies the main actions required to preserve cybersecurity in preparation for possible cyberattacks in the energy sector.
The recommendation also takes into account the characteristics of the sector such as the real-time requirements, the risk of cascading effects, and the combination of legacy systems with new technologies, according to EC.
By Ebru Sengul