Protecting the Australian energy sector against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats is a matter of national importance - not only to ensure the security and reliability of electricity supply, but also for 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 . 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 has accelerated in 2020 with the publication of the Commonwealth’s updated Cyber Strategy and the Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance consultation paper.
AEMO is working in partnership with the Commonwealth (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Department of Home Affairs) in the management and delivery of the 2020 report. The 2020 report scope will be expanded with additional energy sectors and non-AEMO grids and markets covered to provide valuable national energy cyber maturity insights ahead of the legislative changes.
For more details on the 2020 report timings - Cyber Security Events.
For further information on the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF), please contact the Project Team:
T: 1800 982 125