Attacks on the Energy Grid and the Future of Democracy
AICGS’ Senior Cyber Fellow Sarah Lohmann spoke on “Attacks on the Energy Grid and the Future of Democracy” and “Confidence Building Measures for Transatlantic Cooperation” at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on March 7 and 8. The conference was jointly supported and contributed to by AICGS at Johns Hopkins University, the Naval Postgraduate School’s Energy Academic Group, Virginia Tech, the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, among others. Academic and military participants from across NATO and Partnership for Peace countries gathered at NATO to discuss how to best protect the energy sector from hybrid threats.
Dr. Lohmann noted that the energy sector has the infrastructure that has been the most frequently targeted by cyberattacks. She talked about how new risks to the sector increase as it becomes increasingly reliant on IoT, smart grids, and smart devices. As Europe and the United States face similar challenges, Dr. Lohmann discussed options for burden sharing and a long-term innovation strategy. The group aims to work jointly on a “Research Roadmap” to prevent hybrid threats to the energy sector.