CRES: the cyber-range for electrical substations

13 April 2022
Energía y Ciberseguridad

“Training and tools that help strengthen the stability, security and performance of cyber infrastructures and IT systems.”

A cyber-range is traditionally a virtual environment used for cyber warfare training

The "Energy and cybersecurity: Contributing to better resilience in critical infrastructures with the cyber-range of CRES" event was held in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France on 31st March. It was an inspiring meeting point for the many professionals and students who attended the event.

The CRES (Cyber Range for Electrical Substation) project is an energy and cybersecurity initiative in which Beware Cyberlabs, Mirat Di Neride and TECNALIA participate. A cyber-range is traditionally a virtual environment used for cyber warfare training and for the development of this technology. It also provides tools that help strengthen the stability, security, and performance of the cyber infrastructures and IT systems used by government and military agencies, private facilities and industries, such as the energy sector.

CRES presents four key points

  1. It is a cross-border project between Spain and France
  2. It connects a physical lab representative of a real electrical installation with a cyber-range platform
  3. New cyber-range scenario with real elements rather than virtual ones. Realistic and progressive scenarios are available
  4. It is suitable for initial and ongoing training

Cybersecurity risks in the energy sector

Guy Flament, Head of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional cybercampus, Emilie Bouquier (Terega Solutions), Paul Bousquet (Director of the fight against financial crime of the French South-West Judicial Police), Frédéric G. (EDF R&D) and Pierre Venot (Picoty Group): presented their respective visions of the cybersecurity challenges for energy companies and the different solutions implemented to address them.

Bernard Roussely, co-founder and CEO of Beware Cyberlabs, presented the CRES project in detail, including the objectives, scenarios and challenges of the cyber exercise, as well as the CYBEX training platform used. Our colleague, François-Xavier Faÿ did the same with TECNALIA’s Smart Grid for Cybersecurity Lab, presenting the technical solutions provided for the project and the large-scale testing of the cyber-range through a Capture the flag exercise.

If you would like to know more about CRES or cybersecure technologies, please contact us.