NERP CIP V4 was bypassed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission(FERC) in a vote on April18. 2013; NERC CIP v4 was bypassed to move directly to v5.
To be clear NERP is the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and CIP is Critical Infrastructure Protection.
So for owners of assets what does this mean and how can you be prepared if you are facing an upcoming audit?
The first step is to complete a gap analysis between what is already in place for the security of your assets versus what is in NERC CIP v4 & v5.
The next step would be to look for easy ways of generating the data, information and reports needed through your existing computer and reporting systems.
The final step to cover the identified gap is to unify the reports and information that you have into one single document ready for audit review.
Critically you need to ensure that the key people in your business are across the content of both NERC CIP v4 & v5.