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.”
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.