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Data Protection and Cybersecurity Certification Activities and Schemes in the Energy Sector

Institute for Legal Informatics, Faculty of Law, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Konigsworther Platz 1, D-30167 Hannover, Germany
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, 50100 Kozani, Greece
Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Information Technologies Institute, 6th km Charilaou-Thermi Road, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Academic Editor: Paulo Ferreira
Electronics 2022, 11(6), 965;
Received: 12 February 2022 / Revised: 16 March 2022 / Accepted: 17 March 2022 / Published: 21 March 2022
Cybersecurity concerns have been at the forefront of regulatory reform in the European Union (EU) recently. One of the outcomes of these reforms is the introduction of certification schemes for information and communication technology (ICT) products, services and processes, as well as for data processing operations concerning personal data. These schemes aim to provide an avenue for consumers to assess the compliance posture of organisations concerning the privacy and security of ICT products, services and processes. They also present manufacturers, providers and data controllers with the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements through a verifiable third-party assessment. As these certification schemes are being developed, various sectors, including the electrical power and energy sector, will need to access the impact on their operations and plan towards successful implementation. Relying on a doctrinal method, this paper identifies relevant EU legal instruments on data protection and cybersecurity certification and their interpretation in order to examine their potential impact when applying certification schemes within the Electrical Power and Energy System (EPES) domain. The result suggests that the EPES domain employs different technologies and services from diverse areas, which can result in the application of several certification schemes within its environment, including horizontal, technological and sector-specific schemes. This has the potential for creating a complex constellation of implementation models and would require careful design to avoid proliferation and disincentivising of stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: certification; cybersecurity; data protection; energy certification; cybersecurity; data protection; energy
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Nwankwo, I.; Stauch, M.; Radoglou-Grammatikis, P.; Sarigiannidis, P.; Lazaridis, G.; Drosou, A.; Tzovaras, D. Data Protection and Cybersecurity Certification Activities and Schemes in the Energy Sector. Electronics 2022, 11, 965.

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Nwankwo I, Stauch M, Radoglou-Grammatikis P, Sarigiannidis P, Lazaridis G, Drosou A, Tzovaras D. Data Protection and Cybersecurity Certification Activities and Schemes in the Energy Sector. Electronics. 2022; 11(6):965.

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Nwankwo, Iheanyi, Marc Stauch, Panagiotis Radoglou-Grammatikis, Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, George Lazaridis, Anastasios Drosou, and Dimitrios Tzovaras. 2022. "Data Protection and Cybersecurity Certification Activities and Schemes in the Energy Sector" Electronics 11, no. 6: 965.

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