Throughout the world, countries are increasingly facing cybersecurity threats and challenges. The introduction of advanced technology and modernisation to power systems introduces a whole new set of vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber-attacks. In addition, new technologies provide big data to Transmission System Operators (TSOs)/Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and suppliers. Big data often contain personal information which is distributed amongst different companies. A cybersecurity breach concerning energy data may lead to data disclosure, integrity violation or data unavailability.

Regulators must prepare for this new reality by understanding their roles and responsibilities and by taking the necessary steps to improve cyber preparedness of utilities and ensure data protection and privacy. As regulators are tasked with evaluating the investments of utilities, approving tariffs and ensuring the resiliency and reliability of the grid, it is critical for regulators to understand not only all the dimensions of cybersecurity, but also the best methods to tackle this issue from a regulatory perspective. It is within the bailiwick of regulators to decide upon acceptable costs of regulated monopoly grid operators. 

Designed for:

Technical experts from National Regulatory Authorities and National Competent Authorities who want to get an overview of the latest policy developments in cybersecurity, the practical experiences on cybersecurity risk management and preparedness in Europe and the links between cybersecurity and data management and privacy. Experts from other sectors in regulatory authorities (telecommunication, railway, financial regulation and others) and from European Institutions (ACER, European Commission) are welcome to attend this course to learn and share experience with the energy sector.   

Programme overview: 

  • Learning from technical guidelines on cybersecurity  
  • Risk preparedness in cybersecurity and practical exercise to practise your skills
  • The economics of cybersecurity and how regulators evaluate investments of utilities and approve tariffs, taking into account the costs of cybersecurity     
  • The links between cybersecurity and data management and privacy and how cybersecurity could be enhanced to ensure data protection and privacy
  • Connecting the dots and the future of cybersecurity 
Participants who register for this training will benefit from a pre-training session which contains useful background documents to equip them with the necessary knowledge before attending the on-site training on 19-20 June 2019.

Course Director: Mr Roman Picard, CRE, Co-Chair CEER Cyber Security Work Stream.
Course Advisor: Ms Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Senior Vice President of Fingrid, Chair of CEER Training Academy Advisory Board

What did participants say about the previous CEER's courses on Cyber Security?

- "The novelty of the course was the interactive simulation group work".

- "I left with a better understanding of the topic. It was a very good introduction to the topic and content".

Draft programme CEER Training on Cyber Security and Data Management 2019