New AWS Workbook for Australian energy sector customers now available

I’m pleased to announce the Amazon Web Services (AWS) AESCSF 2019 Workbook, a resource designed to help energy sector customers align with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)’s Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF) 2019.

The workbook helps energy sector customers to:

The AESCSF 2019 framework comprises 11 domains. Each domain contains one or more objectives, with each objective broken down into specific individual practices. Nine of the 11 domains also contain examples of anti-patterns or specific indicators of bad practice.

The AEMO describes the AESCSF 2019 framework as:

“focussed on cyber security maturity and […] therefore not prescriptive in relation to security controls. It describes what your organisation should strive to achieve, but not how they should achieve it.”

Although the framework is not prescriptive, the AEMO has provided a selection of Australian and global informative references mapped to each practice to support organizations seeking control suggestions or recommendations. These references include the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Essential Eight, specific controls from the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001:2013, and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). For further detail, see the AESCSF Framework overview.

It’s important to note that security and compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and our customers. AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud (that is, the infrastructure that runs all of the services in the AWS Cloud) but customers are responsible for the security of the systems and applications they deploy in the cloud.

The AWS AESCSF 2019 Workbook helps customers align with the AESCSF 2019 framework by providing control mappings for:

The AWS AESCSF 2019 Workbook does not provide mappings to the anti-patterns, because these are specifically focused on helping customers identify bad practices within their organizations.

The downloadable workbook contains two embedded formats:

  • Microsoft Excel – Coverage includes AWS responsibility control statements and Well-Architected Framework best practices.
  • Dynamic HTML – Coverage is the same as in the Microsoft Excel format, with the added feature that the Well-Architected Framework best practices are mapped to AWS Config managed rules and Amazon GuardDuty findings, where available or applicable.

The workbook is available for download through AWS Artifact, accessible through your AWS account.

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Julian Busic

Julian is a Security Solutions Architect with a focus on regulatory engagement. He works with our customers, their regulators, and AWS teams to help customers raise the bar on secure cloud adoption and usage. Julian has over 15 years of experience working in risk and technology across the financial services industry in Australia and New Zealand.