Talk community interview: Trusted Labs
See what Brigitte D’HEYGERE, Trusted Labs President, has to say about the opportunities and threats she sees for the industry.
- What is for your company the biggest opportunity for the smart energy industry?
The energy field is facing those days some interesting challenges and is strongly impacted by the IoT wave. Increased energy demand, unpredictable generation from renewable sources, volatile energy costs, distributed energy generation, electric vehicles and environmental concerns are coming together to change the nature of the energy grid. The introduction of the internet of things is having an impact on how energy companies wish to monitor and also manage energy demand and supply.
The energy industry has taken this opportunity to upgrade their ideal infrastructure and is getting connected. In addition to smart meters, there are a number of additional applications that do enable monitoring, billing and delivery of energy towards plants, public infrastructure and citizen house. That transformation is changing the value chain, integrating new actors, new technology and obviously a lot of innovation. There is a strong expectation from the citizen and customers for better services, keeping trust in the infrastructure and grid.
The safety of this infrastructure is required for a stable economy.
- What is for your company the biggest threat to the smart energy industry?
The new energy grid challenge is about transforming an old industry, that used to develop in closed loop. It is now open to new actors, new services, being dynamic.
Question is: how to move towards this ideal grid while maintaining safety?
Attacks themselves can be of various forms depending on the capabilities and objectives of the entity attacker ; there could be exploitation of design and implementation flaws with impacts such as denial of services or remote code execution ; there could be physical attacks on the meter or advanced side channel techniques aiming to retrieve security material or unlock restricted access ; there could be attacks exploiting citizen privacy and many more…
These threats can cause some national scale disaster
- What are the key topics your company will highlight at this year’s EUW?
To address those challengess, utilities and device manufacturers need to work together and build Security By Design at the very start of every connected solution project. In order to mitigate these risks, it is important to integrate security from the beginning of a development or project and integrate security functionalities that counter software or hardware attacks. The system should be secure by design, rather than added as an afterthought.
Trusted Labs’ goal is to offer a turnkey solution for its customers to help them manage the security of their smart energy products from the design phase to the implementation with an appropriate methodology.
Trusted Labs already provided support to different customer profiles such as Transmission System operators (TSO), Distribution System operators (DSO), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or meter manufacturer
It is also critical to monitor on a regular basis security risks and new vulnerabilities that systems over time become exposed to and adapt security accordingly.
If a solution is already implemented, a security lab can evaluate the security risk that the solution or architecture is exposed to. Accredited by COFRAC according to the ISO/IEC17025 standard, Trusted Labs ITSEF is now approved by the French certification body ANSSI to perform security evaluations following Common Criteria ISO/CEI 15408 standard and of course CSPN evaluations.
Interested in hearing more about this? Come by the free-to-attend Digitalisation Hub Session on the 7-November at 9:40hrs and listen to Thanh-Ha Le, Senior Security Consulting in Trusted Labs speaking about Security by design: 3 main steps for securing smart metering and IoT devices in Hub Theatre 2.
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