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What You Need to Know About Understanding NERC Cyber Security Standards

NERC Cyber Security Standards are constantly changing. Numerous government and non-government entities are stakeholders in the approval, implementation and enforcement process. The NERC Cyber Security Standards refer specifically to a suite of NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards (CIP) which include:

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Common Questions about NERC Registration Criteria

If you are an owner or operator of a responsible entity within the Bulk Power System (BPS), it is mandatory for you to register with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The purpose of NERC is to ensure and facilitate the secure and reliable operations of power utility companies across the United States, parts of Canada, and a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico. Failure to comply with NERC’s Security and Reliability Standards can result in severe penalties, costing your company millions of dollars.

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Compliant and Confident: Understanding NERC Regulation Standards

In the electric utility industry, it is becoming increasingly important to maintain a high level of vigilance over the secure operations of entities responsible for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. Due to both internal and external hazards and threats to the bulk power system (BPS), ensuring the security and reliability of energy for businesses and household consumers is a serious challenge. If you are professionally involved in any facet of the power utility industry, you already understand that this is not just a matter of safe and stable operations; it is also an issue of efficiency, compliance, and your company’s bottom line.

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Planning and Implementing Energy Schedules

If you work in the electric utility industry, you know how important it is for system operators to have access to as much of the relevant, real-time data as possible in order to ensure the reliable scheduling of energy transmission between and within control areas. Additionally, the data useful for forecasting and tracking demand and capacity can be extremely helpful in maintaining compliance with the Security and Reliability Standards. Which are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to recommendations by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

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How Do I Define a Cyber Security Asset?

If your electric utility company is preparing for an audit, or if you are otherwise seeking to take steps toward compliance with NERC’s Security and Reliability Standards, you are most likely wondering, “How do I define a cyber security asset?” This can be a tricky question to answer as you navigate the many regulations of the industry, which are regularly updated to adjust to the changing needs of bulk power systems in North America. There are a few things to consider as you figure out how to define cyber security assets.

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Common Compliance Issues: What Are the Most Fined NERC Requirements?

Compliance with the Security and Reliability Standards created by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for all responsible entities within the power utility industry. By failing to maintain compliance with these requirements, a company can be cited for multiple violations and face penalties upwards of one million dollars per day, per violation.

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What You Need To Know About CIP Compliance

NERC is an organization that helps secure the American bulk electric system by setting regulations and standards in place for energy companies. Within the energy sector, these standards are mandatory for every company. They ensure fair and ethical practices within the industry and protect the nation’s power grid. One portion of these requirements is NERC’s CIP standards. NERC CIP covers information security procedures. With fines up to millions at risk for non-compliance, CIP compliance is essential to energy companies.

NERC’s CIP Compliance

NERC’s CIP plan involves 9 different standards, combined with 45 different requirements. The purpose of CIP is to keep energy companies and their electronic perimeters and critical cyber assets secure, as well as assist with: personnel, training, disaster recovery planning, and security management. All the CIP standards correspond to issues with:

·         Critical Cyber Asset Identification

·         Security Management

·         Personnel and Training

·         Electronic and Physical Security

·         Incident Reporting and Response Planning

·         Recovery Plans for Critical Cyber Assets

 

These standards are in place to help improve the security of our power system. NERC makes every effort to prepare energy companies for compliance, risk assessment and preparedness, sharing critical information, spreading awareness about key issues, and developing new standards.

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How Do I Prepare for an RSAW?

How Do I Prepare for an RSAW?

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Making NERC Compliance Easy

NERC, The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, is the entity that enforces the government regulations for the Bulk Electric System. All associated companies within the power industry are required to take NERC compliance seriously and put forth their best efforts in adhering to all the NERC standards that apply to their specific area of service. Compliance audits, during which a company undergoes a thorough evaluation, are performed on average every three years. Participants in the BES can potentially receive penalties and fines for their lack of NERC compliance.

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Be Prepared for Your Next Compliance Audit

What is a Compliance Audit?

compliance audit is a thorough inspection and review of any given company/organization’s adherence to or lack of adherence to regulatory standards within the industry. For energy generators and transmission providers, these audits can result in costly fines and serious penalties if a company is not properly prepared and equipped to be continually adhering to NERC standards. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation develops and implements regulatory standards that have to be respected by all power companies in the United States. If these regulations are not taken into account, fines and penalties will be given after an audit.

How to Prepare for a Compliance Audit

The best way to prepare for a compliance audit in the energy industry is to implement the use of a comprehensive compliance management software. Versify’s Portal Compliance platform is the most thorough and beneficial of its type available on the market. Utilizing this tool allows owners and managers to better track and understand not only the NERC standards themselves, but how daily operations are and should be affected by them. This software saves companies time, money and energy by providing a database of all standards and keeping detailed data on company operations in relation to those standards. Workflows can even be customized to match each specific clients’ unique internal processes.

Our software is also a vital risk management tool that alerts operators of potential threats in the system and provides information on how to best handle these situations. The software can be customized to each client’s needs and is able to collect, store and analyze large amounts of data in real-time. This incredible tool will free up your personnel and give you the peace of mind that you need when compliance audit time rolls around.

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Optimizing and Securing Your Automated Dispatch System

In the ever changing landscape of the power utility industry, companies are struggling with the demands of an increasingly complex interchange. Supply and demand has become especially more difficult to balance, and given the increasing popularity of renewable energy sources in many markets, the challenges that electric companies face will continue to threaten the reliability of the power grid. For responsible entities in the bulk electric system (BES), it is crucial to remain vigilant in order to prevent issues with voltage, power flow, and energy quality.

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From Generation to Transmission: Understanding NERC 693 Reliability Standards

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation NERC 693 reliability standards define the reliability requirements for planning and operating the North American bulk power system.

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What Does it Mean to be NERC compliant?

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is the non-government organization responsible for regulating bulk power generators, transmission and distribution companies through the adoption and enforcement of standards designed to secure and ensure the reliability of the power grid. As you proceed with your primary business of creating and distributing energy, you need to be well-versed in NERC Reliability Standards and you need to know “what does it mean to be NERC compliant?

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What Are the Steps to Being NERC Compliant?

In the electric utility industry, compliance with cyber security standards is of increasing importance, as internal and external threats to bulk electric systems give power utility companies cause for concern. Regulations proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), with approval and oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), require all entities within the bulk power system to adhere to these Security and Reliability Standards. For any organization in this industry, knowing what are the steps to being NERC compliant can help them to avoid the dangers and penalties resulting from failing to meet these standards.

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Decision Making Mastery: Dashboard Reporting

Power generation leaders need to make critical decisions every day. With the dynamic and competitive nature of the power industry, you cannot afford to wait to compile and analyze your asset metrics. Time and delays are detrimental to your bottom line. You need accurate, precise information,readily available. Dashboard reporting from V-Performance gives you the real-time information you need to make master decisions in snap.

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One of the Best Resources for NERC Compliance: NERC.com

An average American household uses over 940 kilowatt hours per month. We depend on energy every single day to live, work, and play. There is no part of our society that has not been affected by the use of energy and the expansion of the energy industry. The bulk power system in North America serves over 334 million people every single day. With energy companies now being subjected to a variety of mandatory requirements and standards, it is important that each energy company knows what is expected of them. There are many great resources to use to educate yourself about compliance to rules and NERC.com is one of the best ones we have found.

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Energy Imbalance Markets and the Future of Transmission Schedules

As an increasing number of sources of alternative and renewable energy are integrated into the Bulk Electric System (BES), they bring with them a broad set of pros and cons. The beneficial aspects are widely touted as steps toward a much lower carbon emissions footprint, energy independence, and technological innovation. But one of the obstacles that has been introduced with these recent changes is due to the fact that renewables are much more variable sources of generation, and this only heightens the difficulties associated with energy imbalance.

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The Importance of Dynamic Portfolio Optimization

Portfolio Optimization for your bulk energy entity requires a holistic view of all power, gas, coal, emission and renewable markets. The energy market is dynamic, and to keep ahead of the competition you need knowledge and resources.

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Software Solutions for Compliance with Performance Reporting Standards

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) enforces a comprehensive set of Security and Reliability Standards to ensure the stability and efficiency of the Bulk Electric System (BES) across the United States, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. As part of the ongoing effort to regulate the operations of responsible entities toward a more secure electrical grid, NERC also mandates under the Rules of Procedure that all power generating facilities that meet certain criteria must report data to the Generating Availability Data System (GADS). As of January 1, 2013, all conventional generational facilities 20 MW or larger are required to submit detailed reports to the GADS database. Conventional units generating less than 20 MW may submit data reports to GADS on a voluntary basis. These Performance reporting consists of:shutterstock_122243320

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