SMKI Recovery Key Guidance v1.3 Published

20 September 2021

The SMKI PMA (SMKI Policy Management Authority) has approved the updated SMKI Recovery Key Guidance (v1.3) for publication in accordance with SEC Section L10.13(d). The new guidance was approved at the September SMKI PMA following consultation with SEC Parties, the DCC, the Security Sub-Committee, BEIS and Ofgem, as required by SEC Section L10.13(c).

The SMKI Recovery Key Guidance sets out the key factors in which the SMKI PMA will consider and take into account when deciding whether or not to require the use of the Recovery Private Key or Contingency Private Key (including the Contingency Symmetric Key), including any other factors the SMKI PMA considers necessary for the purposes of making such decisions.

The SMKI Recovery Key Guidance has been updated to more explicitly recognise that the SMKI PMA may, in deciding whether or not to require the use of the SMKI Recovery Private Key or the Contingency Private Key (including the Contingency Symmetric Key), take into account:

  1. the need to do so in order to replace incorrectly populated Device Security Credentials in circumstances where the Private Key associated with the incorrect data is not available for use to do so; and
  2. the benefits that may arise from the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the processes for using of the SMKI Recovery Private Key or Contingency Private Key (including the Contingency Symmetric Key).

Please find the SMKI Recovery Key Guidance v1.3 document on the SEC website here.

 

If you have any questions in regards to the SMKI Recovery Key Guidance, or require further clarification, please contact SECAS@gemserv.com.

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