SEC Newsletter 4 September 2019

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 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 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 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 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: 

We welcome your feedback and input on any open Draft Proposals. Please email your comments to 



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   

On 28 August 2019, The SSC approved Version 1.18 of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Security Controls Framework (SCF) and Version 1.9 of the Agreed Interpretations (AIs). The changes are: 

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.

 Agreed Interpretations 

  • 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. 


Date Meeting, Event or Deadline
6 September Closing date for DCC consultation on SEC Variation Testing Approach Document for SMETS1 Services
6 September Closing date for DCC consultation on Transition Migration Approach Document for Middle Operating Capability
9 September Modification Question Hour
9 September Publication of TABASC Effectiveness Review survey
10 September Closing date for nominations to Operations Group
11 September Security Sub-Committee Meeting 85
12 September Spotlight on the SEC
13 September SEC Panel Meeting 72
13 September Testing Advisory Group Meeting 58x
13 September Closing date for DCC consultation on changes to Intimate Communications Hub Interface Specification (ICHIS)
16 September Closing Date for BEIS/ Ofgem joint consultation on reforming energy codes
16 September Closing Date for BEIS/ Ofgem joint consultation on flexible and responsive retail energy market
17 September Smart Meter Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 61
18 September Change Board Meeting 34
19 September Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 46
23 September Operations Group Meeting 24x
24 September Change Sub-Committee 07
25 September Security Sub-Committee Meeting 86
25 September Testing Advisory Group Meeting 59
1 October Operations Group Meeting 25