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SECAS Newsletter October 2016

Sent on : October 31, 2016

Designation of new SEC Content and CPL Live
Spotlight on the SEC Seminar - 14th November 2016
Small Supplier Engagement Day 4th and 25th November 2016


Designation of new SEC Content and CPL Live
SEC 4.16

The Secretary of State (SoS) designated changes to the SEC via a direction letter with an effective date of 20th October 2016. The direction re-designates SEC Appendix R - Common Test Scenarios Document.

The requirement on Testing Participants to generate an error (E1), which is impossible to generate, has been removed in SEC Appendix R - Common Test Scenarios Document. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consulted on the removal of this requirement with the Testing Assurance Group (TAG).

For more information on the re-designation of SEC Appendix R – Common Test Scenarios Document in SEC Version 4.16, please visit the Latest News.

SEC 4.17

The latest version of SEC came into effect on 27th October 2016 to reflect and include amendments directed by the SoS. The SoS direction letter
 brought the following into legal effect:

  • Activation of SEC Section F2 (Certified Products List); and
  • Designation of a new SEC Appendix Z – CPL Requirements Document.

The activation of SEC Section F2 and the designation of SEC Appendix Z – CPL Requirements Document are to support CPL Live.

More information on the CPL can be found here

Spotlight on the SEC Seminar - 14th November 2016

On 14th November 2016, SECAS is holding a Spotlight on the SEC Seminar. The session will provide an overview of SEC obligations, including more detailed information on Security and Privacy Assessments and the User Entry Process. A general update on the SEC activities and new SEC content will also be provided.

For more information on what the session will cover, please visit the SECAS Website. If you wish to attend, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.

SEC Small Supplier Day 4th and 25th November 2016

SECAS is hosting Small Supplier Engagement Days on 4th and 25th November 2016. These days will provide Small Suppliers and their shared resource providers with an opportunity to learn more about SEC obligations and the DCC User Entry Process, including Security and Privacy Assessments.


The day will also involve a detailed Q & A session, so if you wish to submit questions ahead of time, SECAS can ensure that the relevant experts are available to answer them for you.

The invitation for the event is available via the following link. If you wish to attend, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


SEC Governance

SEC Panel
The SEC Panel held its latest meeting on 14th October 2016. The key topics and decisions discussed can be found in the Meeting Headlines here, with the more detailed discussions and outcomes available in the Final Minutes, here.
During the meeting, a number of speakers presented the Panel with information and updates on:
  • The DCC Live Decision Making Process;
  • Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR); and
  • Joint Industry Cyber Security Incident Management Plan.

The Panel were also presented with an update on Release Management to facilitate discussions on the enduring release activities, including the Panel’s leadership role and the frequency of releases. The presentation also provided the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) led-change and DCC internal change candidates for enduring releases from November 2017 onwards.  

The Panel have now received the relevant documentation from the DCC to carry out their duties in advance of DCC Live in the Central and South Regions. They will be meeting on 3rd November 2016 to discuss the outcomes of the review and to make a determination on Interface Testing (IT) Exit.

SEC Modification Proposal Update Following October 2016 Panel Meeting 

Three new SEC Modification Proposals were raised at the October 2016 Panel meeting, bringing the total number of active modifications to 19. The new modifications are:

The SEC Panel approved SECMP0020 and SECMP0022 for industry consultation. We issued both consultations on 17th October 2016, and they close on 7th November 2016. If you’d like to respond to either consultation, click the links above and then click the “Modification Report” chevron.

SECMP0021 was approved by the Panel to proceed to the Refinement Process stage of the Modification Process. If you’re interested in being involved in the development of this modification, contact us on 020 7090 7755, or email us at as soon as possible. Please provide a brief description of your relevant expertise or experience when contacting us.

Modification Register has further information on the status of all modifications.
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The next Modifications’ Question Hour will be held at 11am on Monday 7th November 2016. Further information and the teleconference details can be found here

SMKI Policy Management Authority (SMKI PMA)  

The SMKI PMA met on Tuesday 11th October 2016, and continue to meet on a monthly basis. 

Following the publication of the SMKI Recovery Key Guidance, the group are now developing a confidential supporting document for SMKI PMA Members only. This document will outline additional procedures that the SMKI PMA must follow alongside the SMKI Recovery Key Guidance prior to, during, and after a Recovery Event.

The DCC provided the group with a SMKI operations update for September and October 2016. Organisation Certificates have now been issued to a number of the Large Supplier Parties and the DCC confirmed it would include the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) data for Device Certificates in the SMKI Operational report for the November 2016 meeting.

The next SMKI PMA meeting is scheduled for 8th November 2016.

The meeting schedule for 2017 has been agreed with dates added to the Meeting Calendar on the website.


Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC) 

On 20th October 2016, the TABASC continued to review the approach and scoping in regards to the effectiveness of the End-to-End Technical Architecture, as required to fulfil their duties under the SEC. As a result of the discussions, the group agreed that the review should follow a risk-based approach, with further scoping to be carried out.

The DCC provided an update on the current developments of the online repository for the Enterprise Architecture, with a demonstration of the products that will be made available on the repository. The DCC will be making it publically available in due course.

Following the discussion on Modification Proposal SECMP005, TABASC agreed to provide feedback to Working Group 1, stating that they do not agree with the current proposed solution that requires Devices to support both old and new use cases.

The TABASC was also provided with a status update on the Business Architecture Document (BAD) project currently underway. This covered the past and forecasted activities and expenditures, in addition to the full project forecasted out-turn. The next TABASC meeting is scheduled for the 17th November 2016.

TABASC Member Election

The annual elections for the TABASC member’s terms that are coming to an end in November 2016 are now taking place. The Other SEC Party Category is now voting for their preferred candidate. The full TABASC member composition will be announced once voting has concluded for the Other SEC Party Category. 

If you are a representative of an Other SEC Party and have yet to vote, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk for the voting details. The deadline for the receipt of votes is Monday 7th November 2016.  

Testing Advisory Group (TAG) 

The TAG are continuing to meet in the build up to DCC Live, with a focus on the progress of testing through each of the phases, now including User Entry Process Testing (UEPT).

As part of the DCC Live Decision Making Process, the TAG have now received the IT Exit Report in order to provide the Panel with a recommendation on its approval, and the Systems Integration Testing (SIT) Exit Report for information. The DCC have provided the group with draft IT and SIT exit reports to allow feedback and comment prior to the final versions being submitted.

The TAG are meeting on 31st October 2016 and 1st November 2016 in order to assess the interim Exit Reports in order to provide recommendations to the Panel.

Security Sub-Committee (SSC)

The seventeenth meeting for the SSC took place on 12th October 2016. The group met once this month due to other industry commitments, but were still able to continue the review of the Security Assessment reports for Parties going through the assessment process.

The SSC have developed a Joint Industry Cyber Security Management Plan (JICSIMP), in order to enable co-ordination should an incident require cross-industry involvement to resolve or respond to. The plan was presented to the Panel in October 2016 for approval. 

The upcoming SSC meetings will be held on the 8
th, 9th, and 23rd November 2016.

Guidance Materials

SMKI Recovery Guidance Document

In October 2016, SECAS published the latest version of the SMKI Recovery Key Guidance document following the 27th SMKI PMA meeting on the 13th September 2016. This was following updates based on the feedback received through consultation with Parties and SMKI PMA members.


The Guidance document is now available on the SMKI PMA's Webpage and by following this link.

Supplier Contacts for Critical Alerts                 

The Supplier Contact List acts as a central register of contact details for the processing of managing critical alerts in the absence of a non-gateway solution. This is hosted securely on the SEC Website.

The consultation on Managing Critical Alerts closed on 16th September 2016 and the Critical Alert guidance document and Supplier contact list is now available on the SECAS Website. In order to view the Critical Alert page, you will be required to login to the SEC Website.

Suppliers who have yet to provide contact references to be included in the Supplier Contact List should contact SECAS as soon as possible.

Recent Publications

DCC – Indicative Charging Statement and Indicative Budget

In accordance with SEC Sections J4.4 and J4.5, the DCC have published the Indicative Charging Statement for Regulatory Year 2017-2018 and Indicative Budget for Regulatory Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. 

These statements set out the indicative charges for the following regulatory years based on the information available at the publication month.

SECAS Activities
Upcoming SEC Calendar Dates

The following meetings coming up over the next month are accessible via the Meeting Calendar on the SEC Website.

Date (2016)

Meetings and Events

3rd November 2016  SEC Panel Meeting 37x
4th November 2016  Small Supplier Engagement Day
8th November 2016  SMKI PMA Meeting 29
9th November 2016  SSC Meeting 19
11th November 2016  SEC Panel Meeting 38
 SECCo Board Meeting 38
14th November 2016 Spotlight on SEC Seminar
17th November 2016 TABASC Meeting 12            
23th November 2016  SEC Change Board 08           
25th November 2016  Small Supplier Engagement Day

The dates for the upcoming Modification Working Group meetings can also be found in the Calendar link provided above.  

SEC Parties and Accessions

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

 Current SEC Parties 192
 Accession of new Parties to the SEC since last Newsletter                                          13
 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.


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