EU EnergyShield Consortium Launches Innovative Project as part of Cybersecurity Solutions for Electrical Power and Energy Systems

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EU EnergyShield Consortium Launches Innovative Project

EnergyShield is an EC funded (GA 832907) project that captures the needs of Electrical Power and Energy System operators and combines the latest technologies for vulnerability assessment, supervision and protection to build a defensive toolkit.

SIVECO leads an interdisciplinary Consortium (18 partners from 10 European & Associates) that was awarded 7.4 million Euros to implement an Integrated Cybersecurity Solution for the Vulnerability Assessment, Monitoring and Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructures. The EnergyShield Consortium consists of 2 large industrial partners (SIVECO and PSI), supported by 6 innovative SMEs, 3 academic research organizations and 7 end-users representing various parts of the EPES value chain. Partners complement each other in terms of competences, expertise and technical capabilities and market strategy.

The project promotes an integrative approach based on the information exchanged by the various tools to predict future attacks and deploy intelligent algorithms. EnergyShield toolkit will combine the latest technologies for vulnerability assessment (automated threat modeling), monitoring & protection (anomaly detection and DDoS mitigation) and learning & sharing (security information and event management).

The toolkit will be implemented with the support of end-users representing all parts of the EPES value chain (generator, TSO, DSO, aggregator, consumer) who will contribute to the specification, prototyping and demonstration phases of the project.

The project results will be tested in two pilot sites. Bulgaria proposes a city-level online demonstrator that will study the cascading effects of cyber attacks throughout the electric grid value chain, and analyze cyber security risks related to the cyber supply chain. Similarly, Italy promotes a small scale offline demonstrator focusing on DSO infrastructures that builds a dedicated, offline testing area on one of the network control sub-systems where a cyber-attack will be simulated.

Energy Shield project successfully kicked-off in mid-July, 2019 in Bucharest. All partners attended a two-day meeting and drafted the roadmap implemented the roadmap implementation for the following 6 months.

Project information:

EnergyShield project spans three years and started in the 1st of July 2019. The partners the implementing the project are SIVECO Romania (Romania), PSI Software (Germany), SI-GA Data Security/SIGA OT Solutions (IL/USA), Foreseeti (Sweden), L7 Defense (Luxembourg) Tech Inspire (United Kingdom), Konnekt Able Technologies Limited (Ireland), City University Of London (United Kingdom), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Software Company Eood (Bulgarian), Kogen Zagore (Bulgaria), Mvets Lenishta (Bulgaria), Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator (Bulgaria), CEZ Distribution (Bulgaria), MIG 23 (Bulgaria), DIL DIEL (Bulgaria) and IREN (Italy).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No. 832907.