EnerNex Corporation, a provider of engineering and consulting services for the electric power industry, has announced the formation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Security Task Force (AMI-SEC) to define common requirements and produce standardised specifications for securing AMI system elements.

The utility-driven AMI-SEC is made up of security domain experts, standards body representatives, utility engineers and industryleading vendors. The group will be co-chaired by EnerNex employees Erich Gunther and Darren Highfill, both experts in information security and utility communications architecture. The Task Force is currently meeting every six weeks in a General Session, while a core team meets every two weeks to work on documents and deliverables. AMI-SEC is under pressure to produce some usable specifications for utilities on the procurement path, while maintaining a viable evolutionary path for those just now looking at AMI.

AMI-SEC is one of several coordinated efforts by members of the electric utility industry focused on advanced metering infrastructure. All of these efforts fall under UtilityAMI, which is one of several working groups of the Utility Communications Architecture International Users Group and was formed to define serviceability, security and interoperability guidelines for AMI and demand responsive infrastructure from a utility/energy service provider perspective.