North American Electric Reliability Corporation:
NERC is a non-profit entity, formed on 28 March, 2006. its mission is to ensure that there is adequate reliability of the power bulk system in the North American states. It is based in Atlanta, Georgia. It succeeded the former North America Electricity Reliability Council. It is responsible for developing and enforcing reliability standards and assessing seasonally, the long-term reliabilities, trains, educates and even allowed to certify the power industry personnel.
Critical Infrastructure Protection:
CIP was purely formed to help NERC to advance their physical cyber security of the critical electric infrastructure of North America. Undergoing through a NERC CIP audit is a great ordeal, particularly when the ground rules are not properly spelt out early enough.
It should not be a surprise that a NERC CIP audit generates plenty of anxiety especially during the weeks preceding one. One must therefore, learn different strategies that will allow him/her get those particular emotions under control.