Rhebo guards over four million households in Germany from blackout

, Leipzig
  • Grid operators Stromnetz Hamburg and Mitnetz Strom protect their control systems with anomaly detection from Rhebo
  • Rhebo Industrial Protector sustainably secures and increases plant stability
  • Basic configuration errors and security gaps already eliminated as part of Rhebo Industry 4.0 Stability and Security Audits

Leipzig / Hamburg / Taucha, Germany, November 13, 2018 - The electricity transmission system operators Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH and Mitteldeutsche Netzgesellschaft Strom trust in the industrial anomaly detection Rhebo Industrial Protector from tech company Rhebo to secure their network control systems. The two companies are among the largest network operators for urban and regional supply in Germany. In total, they supply 4.2 million households in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Brandenburg with electricity.

Implementing smart concepts securely and reliably

Dirk Hollmach, Head of Net Operations at Mitnetz

»As Central Germany's largest electricity network operator, we have a special responsibility to ensure security of supply. In order to meet the growing demands on our operations resulting from the energy revolution, digitalization and increasing cyber threats, we completely renewed our control system in 2017. With Rhebo, we can be sure that any anomaly in our network control system will be reported to us in real-time enabling us to react immediately«

The anomaly detection had already been deployed at both energy suppliers at the beginning of the year during a Rhebo Industry 4.0 Stability and Security Audit. The audit serves as an initial digital inventory of control systems. Within a few days, those responsible for the control systems were given a detailed overview of all devices active in the network control system, all communication processes as well as a detailed analysis and risk assessment of the infrastructure. Anomalies and vulnerabilities were thereafter resolved.

Thomas Volk, Managing Director Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH

»Stromnetz Hamburg has been committed to the digitalization and modernization of the energy industry for many years. From the pilot project SmartGrid Hafen City Westend to the EU project mySMARTLife, we are pushing the use of intelligent, networked supply concepts. This, of course, also increases the demands on operational management and, not least, the cyber security of our network control systems. All systems and data required to control our power grid must be protected against external manipulation. This has the highest priority for us. Rhebo Industrial Protector convinced us with its functionality, depth of detail and real-time detection of even hidden anomalies«.

In the future, Rhebo Industrial Protector will investigate the network control systems of both network operators 24/7 for suspicious processes that indicate cyber attacks, manipulation, network problems or vulnerabilities.

Klaus Mochalski, CEO Rhebo

»With Stromnetz Hamburg and Mitnetz, we are delighted to support two very modern grid operators. During the audit, we were positively surprised at how well structured the control systems of both suppliers already were and how effectively they are controlled. With Rhebo Industrial Protector, operators are taking the next logical step to monitor their infrastructure in depth and protect it from disruptions that common security solutions would not detect«.

For more information on anomaly detection within critical infrastructure companies, see: https://rhebo.com/en/industries/critical-infrastructures/energy/

About Rhebo

Rhebo is a German company that specializes in the reliability and resilience of industrial companies and critical infrastructure. With its solutions and services, Rhebo monitors and analyzes all data communication within industrial control systems, reports anomalies in real-time , thus increasing the cybersecurity and productivity of industrial control systems. Rhebo is one of the top 30 industrial security providers in Gartner's »Market Guide for Operational Technology Security 2017«. The company is also a member of Teletrust - Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e.V. and Bitkom e.V. www.rhebo.com

About Mitnetz

The Mitteldeutsche Netzgesellschaft Strom mbH (MITNETZ STROM) based in Kabelsketal, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM). As the largest regional distribution grid operator in Eastern Germany, MITNETZ STROM is responsible for the planning, operation and marketing of the enviaM power grid. The power distribution network managed by MITNETZ STROM has a length of around 74,000 kilometres and covers parts of the German federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. www.mitnetz-strom.de

About Stromnetz Hamburg

As the owner of the electricity distribution grid and the associated grid facilities, Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH, a company of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, ensures the secure and reliable supply of electricity to the city. Around 1.1 million households and businesses are supplied with electricity via the grid. Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH provides the connection for electricity customers and access to the grid for electricity providers channeling around 12.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity flow through the Hamburg power grid every year. www.stromnetz-hamburg.de 

Contact

Kristin Preßler
COO Rhebo GmbH
Tel. +49-341-393-790-180
press@rhebo.com