The event, which took place on October 17-18, 2023, at the heart of the Brussels EU quarter, shed light on the critical need for secure data exchange and robust defense mechanisms against cyber threats.
Topics such as the threats by hacktivist organisations or incidents like the interconnector between Finland and Estonia were explored with a particular focus on the technical dimensions and discussion of the solutions for prevention. The workshop underlined the increasing importance of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity. Participants also discussed how AI technologies are becoming a game-changer in cybersecurity, both as defenders and attackers.
Hendrik Pollex, ENTSOG Director of System Operation, stated that “These valuable stakeholder exchanges, with insights from relevant experts, present an opportunity to bolster our resilience and energy security and strengthen the synergies between the gas and electricity sectors. In essence, the workshop demonstrated that the path to digitalisation and integration goes hand in hand with cybersecurity and seamless data exchange, facilitated in the gas sector by the application of ENTSOG’s operation tools.”
According to Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, “In these tumultuous times, with geopolitical tensions and the ever-evolving nature of cyber threats, vigilance is paramount. It is imperative for the gas and electricity sectors, in collaboration with the European Commission, to work closely to achieve optimal results. Gas infrastructure will keep facilitating the cooperation among gas, electricity, industry stakeholders, and policymakers in order to fortify Europe’s resilience.”
Event speakers, including representatives from various organizations such as the European Commission, Equinor, Ukraine TSO and ENISA, shared their insights and perspectives on the evolving challenges and solutions in the energy cybersecurity domain.