Cyber Risk to Net Zero Technology
This project mapped the key technologies involved in the UK’s net zero transition and explored the main cyber risks.
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The UK’s essential shift to a low-carbon and renewable energy environment over the next decade will mean greater reliance on smart electricity systems, converging information and operational technology, and an expansion of the Internet of Things. As pieces of critical national infrastructure, energy systems are often the target of malicious cyber attacks. To secure a net zero future, there must be a strong understanding of the cyber security risks to these smart energy systems, to build effective risk management mechanisms.
RUSI’s Cyber team conducted research which outlined the key stakeholders involved in the UK’s net zero transition; highlighted core cyber security risks to renewable electricity production and distribution, storage, and energy management technology; and scoped some questions for future policy-focused research.