Metering & Smart Energy International - A Week in Smart Metering

European energy suppliers continue to wrestle with cyber attacks, writes Rose Bundock, digital editor of Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Thu 05 Nov 2015

Europe is the focus of our thoughts this week as energy companies gather in Austria for European Utility Week, writes Rose Bundock, digital editor of Metering & Smart Energy International.

At an industry level, European energy suppliers are fighting fires on many fronts, not least the battle to manage a rising tide of cyberattacks on data and infrastructure.

Enel told Metering & Smart Energy International that the multinational gas and electricity supplier experiences 100,000 incidents a day. That’s 4,166 per hour. Admittedly this is spread across 30 countries and can include anything from a phishing scam to full-scale cyber warfare, but the underlying threat is “concrete”.

In an interview, head of information security at Enel Italy Massimo Rocca said that utilities can’t possibly expect to handle the increasing volume and intensity of threats on their own - they have to seek safety in numbers with their peers, associations and government agencies.

And that’s bring us back to European Utility Week where a new cybersecurity initiative - the EE-ISAC - will host its first Member Open House meeting in a bid to engage key players in the European utility sector to coordinate defences against cyberthreats.

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