DCSP #11

Smart Meters – managing critical infrastructure cyber risks requires diligence, focus and deep expertise!

By Krzysztof Swaczyński   It’s time to act for Power and Utilities across the EU!   According to Annex 1 of the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC (currently replaced by Directive (EU) 2019/944 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on common rules for the internal electricity market), 80% of the electricity meters rolled out to consumers by 2024 are required to be meters of a new generation, commonly named ‘smart meters’ (subject to a cost benefits analysis), as a part of the ‘smart grid’ concept. While the deployment of the electrical ‘smart grid’ infrastructure increases its functionality, the risk associated with its operation increases. Complex solutions which are implemented to run it require an advanced approach to the identification and management of cybersecurity risks. The power grid, which is one of the most crucial pieces of critical infrastructure, tops the list of interest of various APTs (an APT is an...

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The most huggable Dutch hacker

By Roel van Rijsewijk   Inspiring conversations with Rickey Gevers   This time at my kitchen table a conversation with Rickey Gevers, perhaps Holland’s best-known hacker amongst the general public. Nowadays he helps organizations to respond to cyber-attacks, what we call ‘incident response’. Not a very predictable job, so the conversation was a bit hard to schedule. A conversation about ‘hacking’: the use of systems for which they are not intended. And then the tricky boundaries of what is and what isn’t allowed with or without the best of intentions. A difficult issue that has dominated the discussion since the emergence of this phenomenon. Especially now that all kinds of critical infrastructure such as trains, locks, traffic lights and chemical factories can also be hacked.   He owes his fame to the fact that young Rickey had the dubious honor of being the first Dutchman ever to be arrested for a hack. Of course I want to...

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Is Freedom of expression better off with Elon Musk controlling Twitter?

By Rob van den Hoven van Genderen   On April 25th, Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s offer of $54.20 per share, or $44 billion, for total control of the company. Although there are some hurdles to pass in legal administration there is a big chance that Elon Musk is directing the course of Twitter for the future. He advocates absolute freedom of expression, while Twitter currently still closely monitors the statements of its users. What will be best for the freedom of expression? Do we want the village square back where everyone can say what is on his /her/gender-free mind?   I commented the issue on BNR and will give this personal view also in this column. In a coming article of “HP de Tijd” I also gave this opinion in a pro/contra discussion where the statement was “Moderation on Twitter is necessary”. The pro person was Paul Tang, MEP on behalf of...

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