SECMP0024 Enduring Approach to Communication Hub Firmware Management

Proposer Rob Williams
Lead Analyst Joe Hehir
Date raised 27/10/2016
StageRefinement Process
Implementation date Unknown
Latest update On 17 May 2019 SECAS requested a DCC Preliminary Assessment. This assessment will be against two solution variants; one looking at instructing Firmware updates via a Service Request on the DUIS Interface, and the other via the use of a DCC operated Web Portal.

What is the issue?

The Proposer considers, due to the lack of process for managing firmware updates to Communications Hubs that there is currently a significant risk that a Communications Hub firmware update with defects or interoperability issues could be deployed and activated to significant numbers of Communications Hubs.

What is the solution?

The Proposer seeks to develop and implement an agreed enduring process for the deployment and activation of Communications Hub firmware updates. This would see Suppliers being informed by the DCC when Communications Hub firmware updates are available and allow them to specify the date and time, within a period defined by the DCC, when these are deployed. The business requirements are to be assessed against two solution variants:
1. Use of Service Requests on the DCC User Interface Specification (DUIS) Interface; and
2. Use of a DCC operated Web Portal.

Who is impacted?

Supplier Parties



27 Oct 2016
Modification Proposal raised
11 Nov 2016
Panel considers Initial Modification Report
09 Jan 2017
Working Group
03 Jul 2017
Working Group
02 Nov 2017
Working Group
01 Mar 2018
Working Group
28 Mar 2018
Security Sub-Committee considers modification
05 Nov 2018
17 Dec 2018
DCC Firmware Management Consultation
25 Feb 2019
Working Group
18 Apr 2019
TABASC considers modification
24 Apr 2019
Security Sub-Committee considers modification
01 May 2019
Working Group
17 May 2019
DCC Preliminary Assessment requested

Modification documents

SECMP0024 business requirements
SECMP0024 May 2019 Working Group meeting summary
SECMP0024 February 2019 Working Group meeting summary
SECMP0024 Working Group summary Jul 17
SECMP0024 Working Group summary Jan 17
SECMP0024 Initial Modification Report
SECMP0024 Modification Proposal
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