Energy data has a key role in securing and protecting our energy future. As the global shift to decentralized energy networks keeps growing, together with the rising adoption rates of electric vehicles (EVs), cyber adversaries are finding an expanding array of opportunities to attack and exploit the dynamic energy sector.cyberattacks responded to by X-Force in 2022, positioning energy as the fourth-most targeted industry (Figure 1). In North America, energy firms experienced 20% of cyberattacks, making the energy sector the most frequently targeted industry. Moreover, the Russian invasion of Ukraine further increased concerns over cyberattacks on energy networks.

1. The chart shows the industries that have sustained the most cyberattacks over the period from 2018-2022, with the energy sector highlighted. Source: SaiFlowcontrol over energy production, distribution, and consumption.
2. Example of the attack surface analysis of a complex EV charging hub. Source: SaiFlow
3. Energy symptoms of a cyberattack. This image shows load altering in a charging session. Source: SaiFlowwith their counter operational teams in an effective manner.
4. Details into how to fuse energy telemetry with cybersecurity. Source: SaiFlowbenefits emerge:early, allowing proactive mitigations as soon as possible, by integrating all energy data
points with DR and management protocols in the right context.operations, with their unique architecture and protocols, a contextualized cybersecurity
system will not trigger alerts on known but rarely seen operations, and reduce the
probability of alert fatigue.and standards. Contextualized cybersecurity solutions can help meet compliance
requirements efficiently and effectively and enable the needed synergies between
operational and security teams.prioritizing cybersecurity investments based on the unique risks they face. Contextualized cybersecurity measures bolster the resilience of energy infrastructure against targeted attacks, reducing downtime and ensuring a continuous energy supply.

The fusion of energy telemetry with cybersecurity heralds a new era of contextualized security in the energy sector. To protect against emerging threats and ensure the continuity, availability, and secure operations of the distributed energy networks and EV charging infrastructure, tailored contextualized cybersecurity solutions are no longer a luxury but a necessity. As the energy sector embraces this approach, it could harness the benefits of data-driven efficiency without compromising on security, ushering in a brighter, safer future for the energy landscape.

Or Shwartz and Ron Tiberg-Shachar are co-founders and CPO and CEO, respectively, at SaiFlow, which provides a tailored cybersecurity solution for CP, EVSE, DER, and distributed energy networks, focusing on securing their standard protocols, such as OCPP, OCPI, IEEE 2030.5, DNP3, IEC 61850, and more. SaiFlow’s platform provides posture management, cyber monitoring, detection, and prevention abilities, all incorporating smart-grid and sensor data in establishing the baselines, correlations, and anomalies of these types of networks.