Cyber security risks are becoming more apparent in today’s world. As a constant stream of headlines suggest, all systems are vulnerable to hackers. The energy system is no exception. It is therefore vital that smart energy products are ‘secure by design’ and are independently assessed to check for any vulnerability. The DNV GL Technical Assurance Laboratory is specialised in smart metering assurance and is the first of its kind in the UK. The laboratory has achieved United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recognition. The laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and recognised to offer Common Criteria and Commercial Product Assurance testing.
Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) testing is a UK specific scheme where product evaluations are performed against the UK’s published Security Characteristics, such as encryption devices (encrypted removable media, full disk encryption), smart metering, virtualisation and network devices, such as firewalls. Companies far and wide are opting to use certified products to help secure IT architecture to minimise the risk to loss of data or disruption of service.
The facility is equipped to perform a wide range of testing activities on different technologies. Services offered are: smart energy testing, specifically smart metering, smart home and smart grid products, and cyber security testing for a multitude of hardware and software products, including specialised vulnerability analysis using leading edge fuzz testing tools which have been developed in house to maximise their applicability to the product assurance field.
The laboratory in Peterborough is part of DNV GL’s network of smart metering and cyber security testing laboratories. Other laboratories are located in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in Madrid, Spain and in Singapore.