SECMP0042 Amendment to SMKI Services to provide DCC Users and/or SMKI Participants with Authorised Responsible Officer (ARO) Statistics and Information

Proposer Fabien Cavenne
Lead Analyst SEC Change
Date raised 01/09/2017
Implementation date Unknown
Latest update On 15 January 2019 the SMKI PMA considered the DCC Preliminary Assessment for this modification and its ongoing progression. The extract of the minutes for this SMKI PMA meeting can be found here. Subsequently the Proposer elected to withdraw this modification on 23 January 2019.

What is the issue?

Over time, Authorised Responsible Officer (ARO)-related credentials may become lost, stolen, or misused with malicious intent (for example, creating ‘fraudulent’ (but valid) Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Organisation Certificates or SMKI Device Certificates. A DCC User and/or a SMKI Participant must be able to obtain up-to-date information to maintain an accurate view of the use of credentials granted to an ARO. Understanding ARO activities on SMKI Services and the SMKI Repository Services is crucial for maintaining oversight of security sensitive activities and for taking steps to maintain appropriate ARO entitlements (e.g. identification of unused, unnecessary dormant accounts).

Currently, there is no ‘business as usual’ reporting mechanism that a DCC User can utilise to understand the activity associated with the credentials issued to their AROs.

What is the solution?

This Modification Proposal seeks to place an obligation on the DCC to develop a reporting mechanism which can be used by DCC Users and/or SMKI Participants to obtain up-to-date information on the use of ARO credentials on SMKI-related services.

Who is impacted?

All SEC Parties will be impacted:

Any SEC Party who is (or wishes to become) either a DCC User and/or a SMKI Participant will be impacted by the implementation of this Modification.
DCC Users and/or SMKI Participants that wish to receive this report will be required to test its interfacing systems to ensure the mechanism proposed can sufficiently and accurately deliver information on ARO-related credentials.

Modification documents

SECMP0042 Extract of Minutes of SMKI PMA Meeting 53
SECMP0042 DCC Preliminary Assessment
SECMP0042 Initial Modification Report
SECMP0042 Modification Proposal
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