November 30, 2023

critical infrastructure protection (CIP)

House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Energy and Commerce Examines Moore County Attack
Members of Congress went to North Carolina to hold a field hearing on the substation attacks in early December that knocked out power to 45,000 customers.
NERC, Trade Groups Oppose Call for Quick Fix on CIP Standards
NERC and industry trade groups asked FERC to reject a call to change how assets are classified under the Critical Infrastructure Protection standard.
FERC Issues Cyber Incentives Order
FERC took the last step in fulfilling its obligation to encourage voluntary investments in cybersecurity by electric utilities, as directed by Congress in 2021.
NERC Says Changes Coming to Physical Security Standards
NERC will consider changes to its reliability standard for physical security in response to the threat of violence against grid assets.
FERC Approves NERC Cyber Protection Expansion
FERC acted to shore up grid cybersecurity defenses by approving a NERC reliability standard that requires utilities to protect low-impact cyber resources.
CIP Standards Dominated ERO 2022 Enforcement Activities
2022 saw “significant progress” for the ERO’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement and Organization Registration and Certification programs, a new report says.
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PJM OC Briefs: Feb. 9, 2023
PJM and its IMM gave first reads of their proposals exploring whether generators should be permitted to recover upgrade costs for some critical facilities.
RF Panelists: Executive Buy-in Key to CIP Success
The electric industry still is not taking its critical infrastructure protection (CIP) programs as seriously as they should, panelists told ReliabilityFirst.
FERC Orders Internal Cyber Monitoring in Response to SolarWinds Hack
FERC ordered NERC to require utilities to implement internal network security monitoring on certain cyber systems at bulk power system facilities.
FERC Denies Cotter’s CIP Complaint
The commission rejected a complaint by cybersecurity activist George Cotter, who last year accused NERC of neglecting the cybersecurity needs of the BPS.

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