Risk Management and NERC Compliance

The more I look at NERC Compliance the more I see the need for Risk Management. The rationale for this statement is based on the reality for most utilities – they are compliant but have minimal program oversight and almost no Risk analysis. This is a big problem and right now there is no get-out-of-jail-free-card. Stated another way, the vast …

CIP Low

CIP Low: Compliance Program Guide This book is focused on protecting Low Impact only BES assets, and their associated BES Cyber Systems & Cyber Assets. Based on NERC CIP Standards CIP-002-5.1a and CIP-003-6, with relevant consideration for pending versions CIP-003-7 and CIP-003-TCA, the steps and actions needed to ensure NERC CIP compliance are laid out here in plain English. So …

Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Protecting Critical Infrastructure: A Guide to Critical Infrastructure Protection Based on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards – Now Available! This book presents the approach to critical infrastructure protection taken by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s CIP Standards. These standards apply to the electric industry, and serve to protect our bulk electric grid from compromise …

Process Driven Compliance – Protecting the Grid

Recently I have been discussing how process thinking and process technology can be used to produce more effective and proactive compliance controls. In particular, I have been doing a lot of work around NERC compliance – the regulations for the Electric Utility Industry. NERC compliance includes cyber security (CIP – Critical Infrastructure Protection) and operational compliance, often referred to as …

Process Driven Compliance Controls

An interesting take on process is the role it can play in compliance. Internal compliance controls traditionally look to either enforce policies or monitor for compliance issues. While this approach has merits, it has several characteristics that fall short of the goals of the organization. First, the “process” portion of compliance controls often remains disconnected from the work people perform …