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On December 23, 2015, some 200,000 people in the Ukraine experienced a power outage which lasted several hours. No storm or faulty equipment caused this electricity cut; it was, in fact, the result of a cyberattack. Gabrielle Desarnaud of the French Institute of International Relations explains the energy sector’s increasing vulnerability to cyberattacks, examines how cyberattacks on energy infrastructure could negatively impact the economy and looks at how Europe is working to overcome obstacles to the creation of “common cybersecurity culture.” getAbstract recommends this report to European Union policy makers and leaders within the European energy sector.

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Gabrielle Desarnaud is a researcher at the French Institute of International Relations’ Center of Energy.



If nothing else, the December 2015 cyberattack on Ukraine’s electrical grid served as a wake-up call. It laid bare the ways hackers can take control of energy infrastructure. Granted, to execute such an attack successfully takes immense financial resources and insider knowledge. Still, the fact remains that innovations in information and communication technologies, even while they increase the energy sector’s efficiency and revenues, also make infrastructure prime targets for cyberattacks. The ways energy companies organize themselves increase their...

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