Alliander, DNV KEMA, KPN set up cybersecurity institute

Arnhem, The Netherlands, October 10, 2012 — Alliander, DNV KEMA and KPN, together with TNO and Radboud University, are setting up a new European cybersecurity knowledge center, the European Network for Cybersecurity.

ENCS will engage in research, testing, knowledge sharing and training in the field of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure such as energy, water and telecom networks with the objective of helping infrastructure owners to improve their protection against cyber crime. In view of the cross-border nature of cyber crime, ENCS is seeking to involve as many parties as possible in this mission.

ENCS will make a contribution towards the optimal protection of European critical infrastructure against cyber crime. Critical infrastructure is becoming steadily more reliant on ICT and is thus increasingly vulnerable to cyber crime such as hacking.

There is a growing need for new cybersecurity solutions and methods to protect these networks against such threats. ENCS is responding to this need by creating knowledge and resources as well as facilitating cooperation between — as yet mainly — European players in energy distribution, telecom, consultancy and public services with a view to the realization of user-oriented solutions.

ENCS provides four integrated services: research and development, cyber testing, training and information, and knowledge sharing. In carrying out its activities, ENCS will also make use of the knowledge and expertise of affiliated organizations such as other specialized knowledge institutes, universities and industrial parties. The primary focus of ENCS will be on a research and development program aimed at the needs of critical infrastructure managers and security officials who are responsible for protecting critical infrastructure.

In addition, ENCS will also seek to promote knowledge sharing between the affiliated members. ENCS offers a test facility for the extensive testing of systems designed to protect infrastructure and systems against cyber crime. Finally, ENCS will organize training program to enhance cybersecurity awareness among critical infrastructure owners and policymakers, as well as to provide more insight into realistic scenarios and develop new cybersecurity concepts.

All critical infrastructure owners, suppliers of ICT and smart grid applications, private and public knowledge institutes and public sector parties in Europe can become members of ENCS — because the challenges posed by cybersecurity are both national and cross-border in scope. The avoidance of cybersecurity incidents through research, testing, education and cooperation requires, first and foremost, targeted cooperation and an international approach.

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