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Critical Energy Infrastructure Security Stakeholders Group (CEIS-SG)

The Critical Energy Infrastructure Security Stakeholders Group (CEIS-SG) has been established by the H2020 DEFENDER project consortium as a think tank and information exchange ecosystem to guide and coordinate the Energy Infrastructure Stakeholders’ continuous effort on improving the security and resiliency of Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI).  In particular, CEIS-SG aims to initiate a process of learning and information exchange  towards a culture of CEI security via wide audience communication channels, targeted industrial or scientific events and specialized training activities.

Moreover, CEIS-SG ecosystem aims to define a roadmap for next generation CEI security by design and by default and to promote best practices at pan-European level. The effort may finally lead towards CEI security certifications, in the form of CEI Secure Tiers and Dynamic Secure -Service Level Agreements (DS-SLA) specifications and certifications.

Scope

The CEIS-SG ecosystem scope is defined at the CEIS-SG Manifest. In summary CEIS-SG aims to:

  • Share information at pan-European level on threats, incidents, countermeasures and best practices.
  • Support of risk-informed decision-making and the tools and mechanisms to facilitate it.
  •  Facilitate adaptive learning, in which experiences serve as opportunities to inform and adjust future actions.
  • Coordinate CEI security preparedness planning and roadmap towards securing Critical Energy Infrastructures.
  •  Establish the basis for a minimum set of auditable controls for CEI Tiers across Europe
    The CEIS-SG periodically reviews CEI threats and countermeasures and challenge risk management practices to confirm that established security controls remain in place

Download CEIS-SG Manifest

CEISSG_Manifest

CEIS-SG Security Roadmap

The CEIS-SG Security Roadmap aims to define a widely agreed path towards defending cyber-physical Critical Infrastructures in general, putting emphasis on CEI. The members of the DEFENDER consortium, with the collaboration and support from the CEIS-SG working group, contributed their expertise, ideas, and energy into this guiding framework. However, they strongly encourage every utility stakeholder owner, operator, researcher, vendor and policy maker to join forces and underpin the vision of a safer world. A common vision and a framework for achieving that vision are needed to guide the public-private partnerships that will secure energy delivery systems.

Membership in the pan-European Critical Energy Infrastructure Security Stakeholder Group is granted under permission of the European Commission and the CEIS-SG founding members. Each member may have a veto in the inclusion of an additional member under a justified reasoning.

Download CEIS-SG Security Roadmap V1

CEISSG_Roadmap

About CEIS-SG

The CEIS-SG ecosystem targets mass energy producers, asset owners, Energy Utilities and operators, Law Enforcement Agencies representatives, industrial and research partners, as well as the European Commission and Governmental officials and policy makers, who already place significant effort into fostering and maintaining trusted CEI. Voluntary participation and partnerships at local and European level will help facilitate the useful exchange of security-related information and maximize the effectiveness of infrastructure protection and resilience efforts. They will also promote the cooperation necessary to speed restoration and recovery with activities such as equipment and personnel sharing.

Membership in the pan-European Critical Energy Infrastructure Security Stakeholder Group is granted under permission of the European Commission and the CEIS-SG founding members. Each member may have a veto in the inclusion of an additional member under a justified reasoning.

Membership Benefits

Stakeholder CategoryMembership Benefits
CEI Owners / Utilities– Achieve a consensus on security issues, functionalities, operations and tools that need to be addressed to protect current and future CEI.

– Share information at pan-European level on threats, incidents, countermeasures and best practices.

– Contribute towards the establishment of the basis for a minimum set of auditable controls for CEI Tiers across Europe.

– Stay up to date on new developments, tools and commercial offerings along with funding opportunities in CEI protection

TSOs, DSOs, Energy companies– Increase awareness of lurking CEI threats of assets and infrastructure.

– Share information at pan-European level on threats, incidents, countermeasures and best practices.

– Contribute towards the establishment of the basis for a minimum set of auditable controls for CEI Tiers across Europe.

– Discuss emerging opportunities and shape new business models

– Stay up to date on new developments, tools and commercial offerings along with funding opportunities in CEI protection.

ICT & Security technology providers– Increase awareness and feedback on opportunities regarding the joint configuration of ICT, Energy and Smart Grid technologies for critical infrastructures.

– Contribute towards the establishment of the basis for a minimum set of auditable controls for CEI Tiers across Europe.

– Share information at pan-European level on CEI investment roadmap and stay up to date on new funding opportunities in CEI protection.

Governmental, European Officials and Policy makers – Increase awareness on CEI owners, TSOs, DSOs and Energy companies concerns, threats and standardization efforts.

– Contribute towards the establishment of the basis for a minimum set of auditable controls for CEI Tiers across Europe.

– Stay up to date on new developments, tools, research effort and commercial offerings.

Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)· Create awareness on potential innovative technologies able to support the territory control.

– Prepare the ground for shared think-tanks and/or operational units which include both CEI and LEA stakeholders.

– Design novel “business” or service delivery models in which LEA and CEI operators may cooperate at different levels to provide protection and mitigation of risk to energy critical infrastructures (for example LEAs may operate physical and/or cyber threats mitigation services on behalf of CEI operators or CEI operators and LEAs may cooperate for achieving the overarching objective of CEI protection.

Scientific community and industrial research in the Energy sector.– Create awareness of the CEI current and future cyber/physical threats, research concepts and the vision for the future secure by design CEI.

– Stay up to date on new research and developments along with funding opportunities in CEI protection.

Founding members of the CEIS-SG

NamePositionAffiliation
Dr. Massimo BERTONCINIH2020 DEFENDER Project CoordinatorEngineering-Ingegneria Informatica SPA
Dr. Gabriele GIUNTAH2020 DEFENDER Project CoordinatorEngineering-Ingegneria Informatica SPA
Prof. Theodore ZAHARIADISH2020 DEFENDER Project Technical ManagerUniversity of Athens
Dr. Paraskevi KASSEOfficer in Network and Information Security (NIS) Secure Infrastructures & Services UnitEuropean Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Dr. Mihai PAUNVice-President BruxellesCentrul Român al Energiei (CRE)
Rui PESTANASystem Operator Management AdvisorRede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A. Portugal
Dr. Darko LUBIHead of Government coordination group for CIPMinistry of Defence Republic of Slovenia
Dr. Milan TARMANSpecial advisor to Director of National Security Authority (NSA) Republic of SloveniaNational Security Authority Republic of Slovenia
Ms. Simona CAVALLINIHead of Research and Innovation AreaFondazione FORMIT
Dr. Sofia TSEKERIDOU Head of Security & Safety LabIntrasoft International S.A.
Dr. Wafa BEN JABALLAHCyber Security R&D DeptTHALES SIX GTS France
Dr. Ernst RAPHAELCyber Analysis & Defense Dept.Fraunhofer FKIE (Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics)
Prof. Antonello MONTIHead of Automation of Complex Power Systems Dept. RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY
Peter van BLYENBURGHUVS International
Jean-Philippe BONHOMMECluster Drones Paris Region
Eric HOFFMANEurocontrol Brétigny
Dr. Denis CALETAHead of ICSInstitute for Corporate Security Studies
Dr. Luigi ROMANOConsorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica (CINI)