The growing role of offshore wind in national power systems “accelerates cybersecurity concerns”, warned a US government-backed research team studying an increasing number of attacks on wind generation assets globally.

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have identified “specific challenges for cybersecurity” in relation to offshore turbines and those in distributed applications, said the US Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Wind Energy Technologies Office, in an update on funding for programmes to help tackle the cyber-threat to US assets.