Protecting Australia’s energy sector from cyber threats is of national importance. These protections maintain secure and reliable energy supplies thereby supporting our economic stability and national security
To address this challenge, and to respond to the Finkel National Electricity Market Review recommendation 2.10, the Australian Energy Market Operator (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 AESCSF is both a framework and voluntary assessment program
AEMO works in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to deliver the AESCSF program. The program covers Australia’s electricity and gas markets. In 2022 the program is being extended to the liquid fuels sector. The program provides valuable national energy cyber security capability and maturity insights to complement expected critical infrastructure legislative changes.
Participation in the AESCSF program 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. Each participating organisation’s assessments were anonymised, and the aggregated results analysed to produce the 2018, 2019 and 2020-21 reports into cyber preparedness of Australian’s electricity and gas sectors. The reports are provided to Energy Ministers to support the energy sector’s developing cyber maturity.
The 2022 AESCSF program assessment period will open to energy market participants on Monday 28 March, 2022 and close on Thursday 30 June, 2022.
On behalf of the AESCSF Project Team, we thank you for your interest in the 2022 AESCSF program and look forward to working with you.