AESCF 2020-21 Program

Protecting the Australia’s energy sector against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and vulnerabilities is a matter of national importance - not only to ensure the security and reliability of energy supply, but also for our economic stability and national security.

To address this challenge, and to respond to the Finkel Review recommendation 2.10, AEMO in 2018 worked in collaboration with industry and government partners to develop a tailored cyber security framework for the Australian energy sector – the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF). The framework enables participants to undertake assessments of their own cyber security capability and maturity and use the results to inform and prioritise investment to improve cyber security posture. The individual organisation assessments were anonymised, and the aggregated results analysed to produce the 2018 and 2019 Cyber Preparedness of the NEM and WEM reports.

The move to protect the Australian energy sector from cyber threats and vulnerabilities has accelerated in 2020 and 2021 with the publication of the Commonwealth’s updated Cyber Strategy and the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance bill.

The Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) is working in partnership with AEMO in the management and delivery of the 2020-21 report. The scope of the 2020-21 report will be expanded to include the gas sub-sector, and non-AEMO grids and markets. This additional coverage will provide valuable national energy cyber security capability and maturity insights ahead of the legislative changes.

The 2020-21 program is underway, with industry engagement planned to commence in mid-April 2021. The assessment process is planned to commence in mid-May 2021. For more details on the 2020-21 program schedule, please see the Cyber Security Events page.

Contacts

For further information on the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF), please contact the Project Team:

E: aescsf@aemo.com.au

T: 1800 982 125

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