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, 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 Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources works in partnership with AEMO to deliver the AESCSF program. The AESCSF is both a framework and an annual program of work. The program is a voluntary annual cyber security assessment across Australia’s electricity and gas sectors. The program was extended to gas markets and non-AEMO electricity grids and markets in 2021. This additional coverage provides valuable national energy cyber security capability and maturity insights ahead of legislative changes.
The AESCSF 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, 2019 and 2020-21 reports into cyber preparedness of Australian’s electricity and gas sectors.
The move to protect the Australian energy sector from cyber threats and vulnerabilities has accelerated over the last two years with the publication of the Australian Government’s updated Cyber Strategy and the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Bill 2020). For the latest on the bill Reforms to critical infrastructure (cisc.gov.au).
On behalf of the AESCSF Project Team, we thank you for your interest and participation in the 2020-21 AESCSF Program and we look forward to working with you in 2022.
For further information on the AESCSF please contact the Project Team: