Digital attacks: network operators to receive training for emergencies

Signing in Essen: Florian Haacke, Head of Group Security innogy SE, Hildegard Müller, Chief Operating Officer Grid & Infrastructure at innogy SE, Petr Valis, Member of the Board CyberGym Europe, and Gilad Yoshi, Sales & Business Development CyberGym Europe.

  • innogy and CyberGym to jointly deliver cyber security trainings in innogy’s training centre in Frankfurt am Main

  • Training courses for energy companies, municipalities and security authorities

innogy SE and CyberGym Europe came to an agreement today in Essen, Germany to jointly deliver cyber security trainings in innogy’s training centre which will be set up in Frankfurt am Main. The facility is scheduled to be launched during the course of the year. At the training centre, employees of energy supply companies will learn how to identify and defend against attacks on the sensitive energy infrastructure. In addition to training employees of the innogy Group, the centre will also be open to other network operators, municipalities and security authorities. For the first time, innogy and CyberGym offer unique trainings, fully customized in accordance to each organization’s specific needs and threats.

Cyber-attacks are probably the fastest-growing threat faced by companies today. According to the Cyber Security Strategy of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, the level of risk is characterised by increasing complexity of technology and ever-changing threats. As operators of critical infrastructure, energy suppliers face particular challenges in this regard. Should attacks on power plants or electricity grids actually succeed, this could lead to serious consequences for both. Cyber-attacks on energy supply networks could thus bring many areas of public and private life to a standstill. For this reason, cyber security has become an important item on the agenda of energy suppliers worldwide.

CyberGym is one of the leading Israeli suppliers of Cyber Security training courses for critical infrastructure; innogy is the largest operator of energy networks in Germany. Hildegard Müller, Chief Operating Officer Grid & Infrastructure at innogy SE is happy about the collaboration of the two companies: “With Cyber Range-E, innogy will be offering a state-of-the-art training academy to identify threats in a timely manner, test the appropriate protective and defence measures and practise how to react in the case of a serious cyber-attack. We are thus making an important contribution towards the security of critical energy infrastructure.”

For Florian Haacke, Head of Group Security at innogy SE, the training centre is important in order to be able to efficiently defend against digital attacks on energy networks “The number of attacks is growing all the time. And the complexity of the incidents is increasing. The active training environment will enable us to emulate complex cyber-attacks and thus train employees of energy companies and security authorities by using real-life scenarios.”

Martin Uher, CEO of CyberGym Europe: “The human factor is still the weakest link in defense. Organizations must realize that not only IT professionals are responsible for the security of a company's data, and prepare themselves by intensive trainings. we have unique expertise that we can pass on to company technologists worldwide. This collaboration with innogy is another step in fulfilling CyberGym’s vision in establishing a global network for cyber-defense trainings that will serve critical infrastructures globally“.

The training curriculum is in line with the recommendations of the EU Commission’s Network and Information Security Directive (NIS). Once they have completed the course curriculum, participants will meet the requirements of the IT security catalogue of the German Federal Network Agency in accordance with §11 (1a) of the Energy Industry Act.