Cyber Security for Utilities

Utilities, like many industries, is facing more advanced and persistent cyber threats. However, organisations in Utilities need to take this threat more seriously than most because its not just money, data and company assets on the line, its the UK’s Critical infrastructure.

Whilst this might sound daunting, the silver lining of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats is an increase in cyber security measures to counter them, smartbloc. is the managed service from norm. to help tackle the cyber threat in Utilities.

Top three cyber problems facing the Utilities industry

1. Integration of legacy and new technology

The utilities industry uses a mix of legacy and new technology, which can be difficult to integrate and secure. Legacy systems may not be designed to work with modern security protocols or may not be able to keep up with the latest security updates. This makes it difficult to ensure that all systems are properly secured and leaves the system vulnerable to cyber attacks. Additionally, the integration of legacy and new technology can create compliance challenges with the NIS regulations.

2. Compliance with NIS Regulations

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) regulations were introduced to ensure the security of critical infrastructure across Europe. Utilities companies that are identified as Operators of Essential Services (OES) are required to comply with these regulations. Compliance can be complex and time-consuming, particularly for utilities that have a mix of legacy and new technology. Furthermore, the NIS regulations are evolving, and utilities must stay up-to-date with the latest requirements to ensure compliance.

3. Shortage of skilled cyber security professionals

Like many industries, the utilities industry faces a shortage of skilled cyber security professionals. This shortage makes it difficult for utilities to implement effective security programs and respond to cyber attacks in a timely manner. Additionally, the disparate nature of modernizing with legacy systems can create additional challenges for cyber security professionals, as they must have expertise in both new and old technology. This can make it difficult to find professionals with the right skills and experience to address the unique challenges of the utilities industry, including compliance with NIS regulations.


Introducing smartbloc.

Total business protection from norm.


smartbloc. puts you in total control of cyber risk, delivering ultimate peace of mind. It offers complete visibility and real-time monitoring of how well your people, process and technology measures are contributing to managing cyber risk.


Award-winning cyber security

smartbloc. was named the Best Managed Cyber Security Service at this year’s Computing Security Excellence awards. It also won the same category at the SC Awards in 2021.


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Our experts are ready to help

With smartbloc. you get access to…



Our in-house Engineering Team will assist you with deployment and ensure the technology runs without a hitch.

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Customer Experience

A team dedicated to ensuring your service runs smoothly from deployment to invoicing.


Security Operations Centre

Our UK-based 24×7 SOC comes fully staffed with SOC Analysts with eyes-on-screen monitoring your network’s alarm system.


Focal Analyst

A named analyst from norm. that will help you understand service outputs and answer any technical queries

Last but definitely not least… we practice what we preach

norm. adheres to the highest information security standard whilst also gaining industry recognised accreditations to assure you that your organisation is in good hands.

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