Preliminary results of EnergyShield project were presented on 27 of April at the  2nd ECSCI Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection CIP.  The focus of the presentation  was on how could stakeholders shield the power grid from cyberattacks.  EnergyShield project the tools and pilots were introduced and policy contributiions were shared alongside  with some lessons learned and ways to reachout the project. 

The relevance of a toolkit for Critical Infrastructures (CI) / EPES – like the proposed by EnergyShield – was evaluated during project implementation. Supply chain for CI has gotten recently and software supply chain risks become additionally very visible (e.g Solar Winds incident). To this end the need for complex systems that are fully flexible and ensure different deployment possibilities and easy adoption of new technologies is highly relevant. Moreover, the current market shows the existence of many cross-sector tools and a limited offer for the energy sector. The latest incidents however provide good arguments for the exploitation of a toolkit like EnergyShield. 

Building an online identity as well as creatin flexible systems are essential. Starting from a plethora of technologies and use case functionalities the EnergyShield system needs to provide full flexibility. In adapting and integrating technologies the technology providers have improved and adapted the tools making them ready for integration through the overall EnergyShield system and interacted with Practitioners to collect feedback (testing and evaluation of tools. Also, a flexible integration concept was designed and is being implemented to ease the accommodation of tools and a Portal to securely access the toolkit. Technology providers have collaborated towards preparing and accommodating tools using different technologies in a common environment (EnergyShield toolkit) and using a data fusion mechanism combined with machine learning to create a global view.

About the event. This workshop presented the different approaches on integrated (i.e., cyber and physical) security in several different industrial sectors, such as finance, healthcare, energy, air transport, communications, industrial plants, gas, and water. The peculiarities of critical infrastructure protection in each one of these sectors have been discussed and addressed by the different projects of the ECSCI cluster that presented their outcomes, discussing the technical, ethical and societal aspects and the underlying technologies. The workshop included three opening remarks, three keynote speeches, 21 projects presentations, 2 roundtable and panel discussions,  21 thematic presentations, and closing remarks. The audience included scientists and experts in the field of critical infrastructure protection, CISOs, CIOs, CERTs, CSIRTs, CSOs, cyber and physical security experts representing different sectors and policy makers for critical infrastructure protection.