AMI-SEC Releases Security Requirements

Posted by NAW Staff on March 18, 2009 No Comments
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The Advanced Metering Infrastructure Security (AMI-SEC) Task Force has released the AMI System Security Requirements, which are designed to help utilities procure and implement secure components and systems using a common set of security requirements.

The utility industry recognizes that AMI changes the face of traditional utility security by extending two-way communications all the way to the customer premise. This document will provide needed guidance to utilities in addressing the security challenges of this new and rapidly expanding domain.

‘As our nation's utilities quickly work to implement innovative smart-grid technologies, it is critical that we work together to ensure cyber security is built in from the beginning,’ says Hank Kenchington, deputy assistant secretary for research and development in the Department of Energy's (DOE) office of electricity delivery and energy reliability.

DOE has the responsibility to coordinate the federal government's activities in smart-grid technologies and is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and private-sector stakeholders to develop a framework for smart-grid interoperability standards, including cyber security.

Building on collaborative efforts to standardize other aspects of AMI, 11 leading utilities joined together with the DOE to standardize a set of security requirements.

SOURCE: EnerNex Corp.

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