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SECAS Newsletter December 2016

Sent on : December 22, 2016
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Merry Christmas from SECAS!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the SECAS Team!

This month’s newsletter reflects back on the key events and highlights from 2016 with a look forward to what is coming up in 2017. 


SEC Governance

2016 has been a big year for the configuration of the Smart Energy Code (SEC), with 14 versions of the SEC designated as its provisions were further developed and activated over the year. The current version (SEC 5.2) was designated on 21st December 2016. The most significant designation occurred on 6th November 2016, implementing the provisions for DCC Live.


DCC Live – SEC Version 5.0

On 8th November 2016, DCC went live for Release 1.2 (R1.2) in the Central and South (C&S) Regions. On 25th November 2016, Secretary of State decided to remove several transitional variations to enable the DCC services to go live in the North (N) Region, and enable the User Roles of Registered Supplier Agents (RSAs) and Other Users (OUs). This officially completed activities associated with R1.2, and DCC Live. Consequently, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirmed the DCC User mandates on suppliers.

  • The Large Supplier mandate has been confirmed as 25th May 2017 (DCC Live + 6 months); and
       
  • The Small Supplier mandate has been confirmed as 25th November 2017 (DCC Live + 12 months);
  • R1.3 functionalities will be available for Users in the End-to-End (E2E) environment on 6th March 2017;
  • R1.3 functionalities will be available in the production environment on 10th April 2017;

  • Four weeks of contingency is held by the DCC. If this period is used, this would change the dates for both the start of E2E Testing and the uplift of the live environment accordingly; and
  • Taking into account the additional four-week E2E testing period, the SMETS1 end date will move to 6th April 2018. This provides a 13-month transition period from the point that E2E testing is available, and which also responds to supplier feedback about the time required to transition from SMETS1 to SMETS2.

For more information on DCC Live, please visit the Latest News.

 

Modification Updates of 2016

Another major milestone for the SEC occurred in February of 2016, when the release of SEC version 4.8 saw industry led modification pathways ‘switched on’. These pathways are:

Path 2 modifications – Authority Determination. These are modifications that have a material impact on the SEC and which must be approved by the Authority.

Path 3 modifications – Self-Governance. These are modifications that do not have a material impact and are approved by the Change Board, which is a SEC Panel Sub-Committee.

Since February 2016, 28 Modification Proposals have been submitted by SEC Parties. As of 21st December 2016, there are four pending initial SEC Panel consideration, 18 in the refinement process, two have been withdrawn, one is awaiting Authority Determination, and three have been implemented. Information on all of these Modification Proposals are available on the Modification Register


DCC User Entry Process

As Supplier mandates have now been confirmed, it is crucial that all SEC Parties (who are subject to the mandate) are preparing, or are in the process of, becoming DCC Users. Detailed guidance is available on the SEC Website, and you can contact the SECAS Helpdesk for more information on any of the requirements. The DCC also have resources available to assist SEC Parties, and they can be contacted via their Service Desk.
 
As part of the User Entry Process, all SEC Parties must complete a Security Assessment (as well as the requirements set out within SEC Section H). All relevant user guidance for the Security Assessment can be found here on our website. If you require any additional guidance or aid, you can contact the SECAS Helpdesk or the Party Support Analyst for your Party category, who will be able to provide support. The contacts can be found here


Governance Highlights 


SEC Panel

The SEC Panel has been meeting on the second Friday of every month this year. A lot of their efforts this year have been put towards supporting the DCC Live decision making process. This has included reviewing and approving certain testing documentation with support from the Testing Advisory Group (TAG), as well as reviewing the DCC Live documentation and approving the exit from Interface Testing (IT).

The SEC Panel have also continued to develop a number of policies and documents including:

  • The Panel Information Policy which provides rules for classifying and handling Party Data; and
  • the Privacy Controls Framework (PCF) – to support the privacy assessments as required by SEC Section I2.

The SEC Panel also have oversight of the Modification Process, with their role in the process increasing from the switch on of Modification Pathways in February 2016.


Sub-Committee Highlights

SMKI Policy Management Authority (SMKI PMA)

The Smart Metering Key Infrastructure service was launched in March 2016.

Testing Advisory Group (TAG)

The TAG has been instrumental in the review and associated recommendations to the SEC Panel on testing approach documentation. This Sub-Committee has supported the SEC Panel through the DCC Live decision making process. TAG are likely to continue their role in supporting the SEC Panel through the testing phases in the lead up to R1.3.

Security Sub-Committee (SSC)

This year, the SSC have developed the Joint Incident Cyber Security Incident Management Plan (JICSIMP) and established the Smart Metering Incident Response Team (SMIRT). JICSMIP and SMIRT are an additional function of the SSC’s role which has been put together to respond to, and co-ordinate, Vulnerabilities, Incidents and Major Security Incidents reported by SEC Parties. From the launch of security assessments in February 2016, the SSC have focussed on supporting this process by producing and updating the Security Controls Framework (SCF) and the accompanying Agreed Interpretations (AIs).
The SSC are continuously putting effort in reviewing the assessment reports and providing the necessary recommendations to the SEC Panel.

Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC)

The TABASC was established in November 2015 with initial meetings in 2016 spent clarifying their remit and understanding their duties. Since then, the TABASC have focussed on the development of the Business Architecture Document (BAD) due to their expanded remit which was designated in July 2016. This expanded remit also included having oversight of the Home Area Network (HAN) requirements. The Technical and Business Expert Community (TBEC) was established to provide expert support to specific work packages, as required by the TABASC, and has been involved in the drafting of the BAD.

Since the activation of Modification Paths 2 and 3 in February 2016, the TABASC have provided input and support to Modification Proposals going through the Modification Process.

Towards the end of this year, TABASC’s focus has been on devising a risk-based approach to review of the Efficiency of the End-to-End Technical Architecture, Business Architecture and Home Area Network (HAN) requirements. This review is planned commence with a questionnaire phase in 2017.


SEC Parties and Accessions

The table below shows the current status of SEC Parties and Panel Members.

  
 Current SEC Parties 196
 Accession of new Parties to the SEC since last Newsletter                                          6
 Parties withdrawing from the SEC     0
 Expulsion of Parties from the SEC    0
 Changes to SEC Panel Member employment status     0

A list of SEC Parties can be accessed on the SEC Website via the link provided.

SECAS Activities


Spotlight on the SEC Seminar – 6th January 2017

There are still places available at the SECAS Spotlight on the SEC Seminar being help on 6th January 2017. The seminar will provide an overview of the rules and requirements of the User Entry Process and show how these relate to the different Party Categories.

The event will also cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to SEC Governance and Sub-Committees
  • An update on the current version of the SEC
  • Security and Privacy Assessments
  • An update on SEC modifications and Release Management

 

Places remain limited and if you would like to book a place at this event, please email the SECAS Helpdesk as soon as possible.


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