Hello and welcome to this edition of the SEC newsletter. We are looking forward to welcoming SEC Parties at our Spotlight on the SEC event next Thursday. Interested in coming along? It’s not too late to join us! We have a few places available, please email SECAS@gemserv.com by 6 September to reserve your place.
We are into election season for the SEC Sub-Committees. Read on to learn about several SEC election updates as well as our usual updates about the SEC, Modifications and recent publications.
Security Sub-Committee (SSC) Membership Election Update
Following the SSC Member Elections in July 2019, the following candidates were elected by their Party Categories to be Members of the Sub-Committee:
|Large Suppliers||Martin Christie, Ashley Pocock, Crispin Brocks and Stephen Macnamara|
|Small Suppliers||Neil Adams|
|Other User||Michael Snowden|
Thank you to those who nominated individuals and members for accepting their positions.
The annual SSC election process for two Large Supplier seats, two Small Supplier seats and one Gas Network seat will commence in July 2020.
SEC Panel Election Update
SEC Panel Member Elections were held in August 2019. Congratulations to the following candidates who have been selected by their Party Categories as SEC Panel Members:
|Large Suppliers||Ashley Pocock|
|Small Suppliers||Karen Lee|
|Gas Networks||Leigh Page|
|Other SEC Parties||Terry Jefferson|
Thank you to the outgoing SEC Panel member Gary Cotterell, and returning members, Karen Lee, Ashley Pocock and Leigh Page, for their commitment and contributions to the Panel during their previous term. Thank you also to those that nominated candidates, who helped ensure that the election process was robust.
Operations Group Call for Nominations
Would you like to represent your Party type in the Operations Group? October 2019 is the end of term for several Members. We are calling for OPSG nominations for:
- 6x Large and 1x Small Supplier representatives
- 1x Electricity and 1x Gas Network representative
- 2x Other SEC Party representatives
You can find out more about the election process and download the OPSG Nomination Form. If you wish to nominate an individual, including yourself, please complete the OPSG Nomination Form and return to SECAS@gemserv.co.uk by Tuesday, 10 September 2019.
Coming soon: The TABASC Effectiveness Review Survey
We want to hear from you! Your input will be invaluable for us to understand the specific aspects of live operations affecting the User experience with the End-to-End processes including those managed and provided by the DCC.
We will seek feedback from SEC Parties and the DCC and will issue the survey on 9 September 2019.
Keep an eye out for the survey in your inbox and the Latest News for more details. The deadline for responses will be 4 October 2019.
Spotlight on the SEC
There are a few places remaining for our Spotlight on the Smart Energy Code event at Gemserv’s offices on 12 September 2019.
If you are a SEC Party and already familiar with the SEC, come along! Hear about how SECAS are digitalising the SEC with CodeWorks, and other SEC related hot topics. Please see the Final Agenda here.
To book your place please email SECAS@gemserv.com with the attendee names and emails plus any dietary requirements by close on Friday 6 September 2019.
We look forward to welcoming you on 12 September!
DCC customer engagement event on Communication Hub Order Management System (OMS)
The DCC is hosting two customer engagement events which will provide SEC Parties with information and an update on the OMS Project. The events are being held at:
- Brabazon House (Manchester) on 25 September 2019, 12.30 – 16.30 and
- Ibex House (London) on 2 October 2019, 13.00-17.00
Contact Jennifer.Andrews@smartdcc.co.uk at the DCC by 13 September 2019 to book your place.
New Draft Proposal
One new Draft Proposal has been raised since the last newsletter:
- DP083 ‘Change Coordination’ will explore coordinating DCC User changes that may impact the DCC Systems.
We welcome your feedback and input on any open Draft Proposals. Please email your comments to SEC.Change@gemserv.com.
You can listen to our latest Modcast here. We have taken a more dynamic approach in discussing our next monthly Working Group meeting, our new Draft Proposal and the latest on SECMP007 ‘Firmware updates to IHDs and PPMIDs’.
New version of Security Controls Framework and Agreed Interpretations
Security Controls Framework
- Updated to clarify equivalence between SEC Security obligations and the Networks and Information Systems (NIS) Directive Principles and Indicators of Good Practice for Operators of Essential Services (OES).
- Added a clarification to the FAQs in Part 1 and Appendix E in Part 2. Allowing a Memorandum of Understanding or a Letter of Intent to be submitted for G3.18 – G3.20 compliance, rather than a full contract.
- Updated to include a new section 13 to clarify equivalence between SEC security obligations and the NIS and CAF Principles and Indicators of Good Practice (IGP) to avoid duplication of assurance.
You can find out more here.
DCC consultation on Changes to the Intimate Communications Hub Interface Specification (ICHIS)
The DCC is consulting on amendments to the ICHIS concerning changes to the temporary Radio Frequency provisions. The closing date is 13 September 2019.