ENA’s response to concerns regarding cyber-security attacks on GB energy networks

ENA’s response to concerns regarding cyber-security attacks on GB energy networks

Energy Networks Association has responded to claims that there has been a spike in the number of power cuts over the weekend of the recent airstrikes in Syria (14/15 April) as a result of cyber-attacks.

Electricity network operators have not experienced unusual levels of power cuts over that period.

An ENA spokesperson comments:

“Network companies are aware of the increased threat level relating to cyber-security and work closely with Government and across industry to prepare for any attack. They regularly review their cyber-security policies to ensure that the right measures are in place to counter any potential threat, both now and in the future.

“Through Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and industry working groups, network companies have established ways of identifying, assessing and responding to long-term cyber-security threats in a co-ordinated way. This includes benchmarking cyber-security standards, developing of common standards and ensuring that those people working for network companies and their supporting supply-chain understand the role they play in managing threats.”

Notes to editors

  • ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
  • Examples of working groups include the BEIS Energy Emergency Executive Committee task groups and ENA’s Cyber Security Working Group.
  • These groups meet regularly and have been recognised by cyber-security experts as an exemplar for cross-industry collaboration.
  • A power cut can be reported at any time by dialling 105 from any phone. 105 is available to people in England, Scotland and Wales, regardless of who they buy electricity from, and is the easy way for people to get through to their local electricity network operator to report or get information about a power cut in their area.
  • Further information about 105 and electricity network operators can be found at www.powercut105.com.

 

For further information please contact:

Ed Gill

UK & European Head of Press and Public Affairs

Energy Networks Association

Direct Email: [email protected]

Press Team: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)207 706 5157

W: www.energynetworks.org

 

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