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European report reveals catastrophic electricity network security

Expert concerned as Energinet.dk comes third from bottom

November 6th, 2014 7:00 am| by admin
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According to a report by the European energy suppliers’ organisation ENTSO-E, Energinet.dk, the company responsible for Denmark’s network, is failing hugely when it comes to security.

Luke Herbert, a researcher in IT security at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), told DR Nyheder that this was serious cause for concern. “The most alarming part of the report is simply the lack of attention paid to IT security,” he said.

“There’s not an awareness that it should be taken seriously.”

Change on the way
Energinet.dk came in third-last position, 20th out of 22 companies. In 10 out of the 14 parameters, the company got bottom marks, including in the category ‘malware protection’ – a measure of preparedness to deal with a cyberattack.

Energinet.dk acknowledges that security isn’t as it should be. “The report shows that overall we’re at a level that we’re not happy with,” Torben Glar Nielsen, the technical head of the company, told DR.

Rasmus Helveg Petersen, the climate and energy minister, told DR that changes were already underway to improve the security issues at Energinet.dk. “They have asked for an investigation themselves,” he said.

“They have been presented with the conclusions and are in the process of doing something about it.”