Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector: a Comparative Analysis between Europe and the United States

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Publication Date February 2018
ISBN 978-2-36567-830-8
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The acceleration of the digitization of energy infrastructure has brought many economic benefits, including greater efficiency in the rationalization of energy consumption. However, this has also increased the risk of cyberattacks, where malicious software is able to take advantage of the increasing digitization of energy equipment.

The recent cyberattacks that have targeted critical infrastructure in Ukraine highlight that the threat is real and growing. Vulnerability is not restricted to infrastructure located within the European Union (EU) or the United States (US): the cyberattacks that recently hit Ukraine spread to many Western firms through their subsidiaries, underlining the danger of contagion.

As a result, over the last few years, the EU and the US have gradually sought to put in place a series of policies and rules to protect energy infrastructure from cyber threats.

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