The evolution of the energy and electrical sector in Australia is being significantly boosted with major developments, particularly in the rollout of new technology to more traditional infrastructure.
“Developments in electrical storage, new types of generation, and changes in consumer preferences are pushing the electricity sector to innovate,
” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans. “However, with these opportunities we are also presented with potential threats, with cyber security among the most complex challenges.”
“It is for these reasons that Standards Australia is pleased to be working with Energy Networks Australia and to be releasing our Roadmap for Standards and Grid Cyber Security
The Roadmap has been delivered as a result of a discussion paper, a national forum, and extensive stakeholder consultation bringing together industry, consumer representatives, and government.
Key outcomes of the Roadmap include:
- The proposed development of standards and similar documents to support grid cyber security in Australia, including workforce screening;
- Continued involvement from Australia on key international standards committees to enhance our voice in regards to grid cyber security; and
- Ensuring the Australian Technical Committees developing the standards have the right membership and are operating with the most appropriate terms of reference.
Energy Networks Australia CEO Andrew Dillon said network businesses in Australia recognised the importance of cyber security to ensure the rapidly transforming energy system continued to deliver safe, reliable and efficient energy.
“Standards play a key role in supporting the connections between technologies, providing consistent frameworks for design and implementation,” he said.
“Changes to Australian Standards can support the transformation of our energy network, and Energy Networks Australia remains committed to working with Standards Australia to ensure key areas such as cyber security are a part of this work.”
“This Roadmap is another example of Standards Australia working with the energy and electrotechnology sector to embrace the opportunities of innovation while also managing any potential threats,” Dr Evans said.