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Cyber Security in the Energy Sector

The dependency of today’s digitised and interconnected global economies on the energy sector has made it an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Several recent high-profile cyber-attacks have been designed specifically to damage and disrupt critical infrastructure, so protecting providers of essential services is of paramount importance.

Common cyber security challenges in the energy sector include:

Maintaining continuity of essential services and operations
Reducing cyber risks across the energy supply chain
Building cyber resilience into antiquated network infrastructure
Managing risks posed by Internet of Things devices like smart meters
Balancing continuous digitisation and interconnectivity with security
Demonstrating security commitments in line with new NIS Regulations
Preventing and eliminating ransomware attacks
 

Key security questions for energy companies

Security questions organisations in the energy sector should be asking:

  • How often are Industrial Control Systems tested for vulnerabilities?
  • Are suitable controls in place to prevent sophisticated threats?
  • Are systems able to identify threats that bypass the perimeter?
  • Is there a plan in place to detect, remediate and report breaches?
  • What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
  • How are security risks in the supply chain managed?
  • Is card payment processing PCI DSS compliant?

Cyber security compliance in the Energy sector

The NIS Regulations are designed to raise the security and resilience of network and information systems across the EU. Operators of Essential Services (OESs) and Digital Service Providers (DSPs) are required to have appropriate security measures in place to manage cyber risk, protect critical systems, detect cyber events, minimise risk and maintain continuity. OESs will be regularly audited to ensure their compliance, with fines as high as £17 million for incidents resulting in significant economic disruption or threat to life.

Any organisation in the energy sector that processes personal data is also subject to the requirements of both the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). To achieve compliance, organisations must continually assess data security risk and ensure that any personal data processed is protected against unauthorised processing, accidental loss or destruction. Non-compliance and failure to report breaches within 72 hours could lead to a huge fine.

€20 million or 4% of global turnover (whichever is greater)
The maximum GDPR penalty for a cyber security breach.
 

About Redscan

 
Redscan has experience working with organisations in energy sectors including mining, oil & gas, and utilities, helping them to better understand their security risks, identify and eliminate vulnerabilities, proactively detect and respond to threats and achieve hassle-free regulatory compliance.

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