The energy infrastructure has been undergoing very rapid changes in recent years in order to increase the share of renewable energy sources such as wind and sun, which are by nature more distributed and variable. Managing the energy networks requires a continuously increasing degree of digitalisation. That is why, TCP/IP networks have become an very important component of today´s (digital) substations. Additionally, with an increasingly digitised energy system cybersecurity has become of paramount importance and a concern for all, with an increasing number of incidents in recent times. Aspecto offers several services in the area of networking and cyber security tailor made for the needs of the electrical energy sector. The combination of the knowhow of Senior IT Networking Engineers with our Senior Substation Engineers is unique in the market and is required to meet today’s challenges in our industry. We are providing the following networking services:

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    Network design incl. equipment definition, considering performance requirements

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    Installation and configuration of networking equipment like switches, routers, firewalls

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    Commissioning of networking equipment like switches, routers, firewalls

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    Network troubleshooting

We are offering the following cyber security services and are allowing our customers to bridge the gap between IT and electrical engineering.

Vulnerability assessment

Vulnerability assessment services help to define, identify, classify and address weaknesses across substations and network control centers. Integrating specialist scanning tools and experienced security professionals, it provides the advanced level of support needed to address core vulnerabilities. After the assessment is done, a detailed assessment report is drawn up.

Penetration testing

Penetration testing (pentesting) is the process of assessing computer systems, networks and applications to identify and address security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cybercriminals. The penetration testing can be done during the FAT and/or SAT stage.

Detect & Respond

We provide the essential support needed to overcome a cyber-breach. Our experienced experts are skilled at mitigating the damaging effects of attacks, investigating how they propagate and providing swift, clear remediation advice.

Cyber Security Solution Development & Implementation

We will develop solutions to ensure the system is more secure. Together with our client, we will develop solutions to ensure the system is more secure. We have partnered with leading OEMs and cyber security solution providers and as an independent provider, we are able to find the best solution for each client’s needs. Upon agreement we can implement the recommendations to the system. As we are substation automation field experts ourselves, we are happy and competent to implement the changes in the field.

Cyber Security in the Electrical Energy Sector Some of the goals of implementing cyber security measures in the electrical energy industry are:

Maintaining

Maintaining continuity of essential services and operations

Reducing

Reducing cyber risks across the energy supply chain

Building

Building cyber resilience into antiquated network infrastructure

Managing

Managing risks posed by Internet of Things devices like smart meters

Balancing

Balancing continuous digitisation and interconnectivity with security

Demonstrating

Demonstrating security commitments in line with new national and international regulations (see bellow some of the important standards)

Preventing

Preventing and eliminating ransomware attacks