Large-scale grid blackouts, damage to infrastructure and loss of commercial data are just some of the threats to renewable energy projects highlighted by a new cyber-security report.

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) and cyber-security specialist Cylance highlighted the threat from ransomware, file-less attacks and Trojans.

The report outlined steps that need to be taken, including physical security, hardware and software, internet connectivity, remote management, and training personnel.

It added that new tools – including artificial intelligence and machine learning – could help to maintain strong security as cyberattacks and operating environments become more complex.

‘Prominence and growing importance’ of renewables

RCG said: “Renewable energy technologies have established a significant role in the energy industry.

“Because of their prominence and growing importance to power supplies, it is vital for the industry to develop appropriate security, and specifically cybersecurity, strategies.

“A successful cyber-attack has the potential, not just to cause the loss of personal and commercial information, or cause damage to electronic resources, but also to damage a project’s physical assets through the forced maloperation of components, impact its finances by disrupting generation, or create national, or regional, energy security risks in the event of a large-scale grid blackouts.”

> Read the report