Cybersecurity and data protection considerations in the Great Britain energy sector
Produced in partnership with Antonis Patrikios (Partner - Privacy and Cybersecurity) and Thomas Winstanley (Associate - Technology, Media and Telecoms) of Dentons
Cybersecurity and data protection considerations in the Great Britain energy sector

The following Energy practice note Produced in partnership with Antonis Patrikios (Partner - Privacy and Cybersecurity) and Thomas Winstanley (Associate - Technology, Media and Telecoms) of Dentons provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cybersecurity and data protection considerations in the Great Britain energy sector
  • Brexit impact
  • Introduction
  • EU policy and legislation
  • NIS Directive
  • Timeline
  • What does the NIS Directive require of energy suppliers?
  • UK consultation
  • Implementation of the NIS Directive
  • Energy White Paper
  • More...

Brexit impact

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. For further reading, see: Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Great Britain’s (GB’s) international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—the EU Internal Energy Market and international electricity and gas interconnection regulation and trade, which details the key publications and announcements made to date which are specific to Brexit and the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Brexit and Great Britain’s international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade. It also provides a brief analysis of the consequences of these publications and announcements, and the position to date.

Introduction

Since 2012, there has been a steady increase in the number of cyberattacks and data breaches reported globally, with a notable 33% increase from 2018 to 2019. Cyberattacks regularly dominated the headlines in recent times, with victims of all sizes and across industries.

In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack disabled computers in more than 80 NHS organisations in

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