In 2010, the European Commission formed the Expert Group on Security and Resilience of Communications Networks and Information Systems for Smart Grids to discuss and work on relevant matters regarding the security and resilience of communication networks and information systems for Smart Grids. The Group had two main objectives:
- Identify European priority areas for which action should be undertaken to address the security and resilience of communication networks and information systems for Smart Grids. The Expert Group was also expected to define recommendations on how to progress on each priority area at European level.
- Identify which elements of the smart grid should be addressed by the Expert Group (e.g. smart appliances, smart metering, smart distribution, smart (local) generation, smart transmission) and to what level. The use of an existing common concept model should be considered. The Expert Group will:
- Identify key strategic and high level requirements to ensure the security and resilience of communication networks and information systems for Smart Grids.
- Identify a good practices guideline based on lessons learned and that develops how to secure and increase the resilience of the ICT lay down infrastructure of Smart Grids. Moreover, the guideline will provide proposals on the way forward to ensure that cyber security challenges of smart grids are approached from a multidisciplinary perspective encompassing a dialogue and synergies between ICT security experts and energy/smart grids experts.
- Propose mechanisms/messages to raise awareness of decision makers related to the security risk of ICT for Smart Grids, as well as possible measures to manage such risk.