The Indian government’s Department of Energy and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recently released cybersecurity guidelines to improve cybersecurity preparedness in the electricity sector. This is the first time that cybersecurity guidelines have been created for the industry.
The CEA, within the framework of the “Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019”, defined the guidelines. In addition, all utilities in the electricity sector must comply with the new regulations.
The guideline defines a framework for cyber insurance. It also strengthens the regulatory framework and implements various mechanisms for early warning of security threats, vulnerability management and response to security threats. In addition, it helps secure remote operations and services.
Affected entities, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and service providers must follow the new cybersecurity guidelines. Hardware and software OEMs must also comply.
OpenGov Asia has indicated that the implementation of the program will be based on an action plan created for each Indian state. Funds are also available for projects identified under the Indian Integrated Energy Development Program (IPDS) and on-going projects approved under the Development Program (PMDP) for Union Territories in Jammu, Kashmir. and Ladakh until March 2023.
These guidelines aim to improve the overall efficiency and financial viability of the country’s distribution companies. The program also aims to reduce India’s overall technical and commercial losses by up to 15% over the next four years.
As more countries have started to replace outdated technologies with more advanced options to improve their systems and infrastructure, the need for an optimized and robust cybersecurity solution has grown.
In addition to mitigating cyberthreats that could wreak havoc on operations, a cybersecurity framework can help improve a system’s performance and efficiency. It also helps to create a safe infrastructure that benefits the community,
One of the ways to further improve the functioning and cybersecurity of an infrastructure or business is to identify security threats to watch out for.
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