On 11-12 July, Ukrenergo Deputy CEO for Communications and International Cooperation Mykhailo Bno-Airiian and Director for IT Serhii Halahan visited Israel Electric Corporation, a major electricity producer in Israel, which also transmits, distributes and supplies electricity to almost 2.7 million consumers.
During the visit, the representatives of Ukrenergo studied the experience of Israeli power engineers in managing a power system under the conditions of cyberthreats. Familiarisation with such practices is relevant for Ukrenergo in light of the cyberattacks the company and the country in whole have recently faced. Moreover, there is a need to ensure the grid stability against the backdrop of hostilities in the eastern Ukraine.
“Israel is standing in a position of facing continuous threats from some unfriendly countries in the region. Definitely, such components of power infrastructure as power transmission lines and substations are considered to be the facilities of increased attention and threats to the country’s energy security. In this regard, Israel is paying a lot of attention to security issues in the power sector, and its experience is very valuable for us,” noted Mykhailo Bno-Airiian, Deputy CEO for Communications and International Cooperation.
In addition, during the visit to Israel, the delegation of Ukrenergo met with representatives of a number of Israeli companies specialising in cybersecurity products and services to expand partnerships in enhancing the stability and security of the Ukrainian power system. In particular, there were meetings with Cyberbit, Check Point Software Technologies, Claroty, MER Group and Scadefence.