North American Electric Reliability Corporation is an entity in North America responsible for reliability of large scale power systems. NERC develops standards related to reliability and enforces them stringently. It also reviews the standards and processes periodically and implements changes to these as required. The CIP Program (Critical Infrastructure Protection) helps NERC and is responsible for the security and stability of the electric infrastructure in North America. The CIP Committee coordinates with Governments, Organizations and other stake holders responsible for electric industry and infrastructure security.
The CIP Program collaborates with NERC and working groups to ensure the implementation of NERC standards. CIPC plays an active role in educating the electricity sub-sector on the aspects of cyber and physical security. CIPC also conducts workshops and trains personnel. CIPC also play an important role in CIP standards. It works closely with NERC and assists it in developing relevant standards. CIPC aids NERC in important aspects of security and standard development.