Protecting the Australian energy sector against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats is a matter of national importance - not only to ensure the integrity and reliability of electricity supply via the grid, but also for economic stability and national security purposes. Addressing this challenge is a core element of appropriately responding to the Finkel Review recommendation 2.10.
In 2018 AEMO, in collaboration with industry and government partners, developed 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 inaugural Cyber Preparedness of the NEM and WEM report that was published in December 2018.
The 2019 AESCSF assessment period is planned for September and October with reporting December. Supporting the 2019 assessment, training and educational workshops will be held in the capital cities (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane) and an option will be provided to join a virtual session. Updated resource material will also be available online through the AEMO website from mid-September.
For further information on the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF), please contact the Project Team: