The increasing demand of electricity led to bulk distribution of electricity. Every country has their own systems and standards that needs to be followed by the electric distribution company. North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a nonprofit entity with the mission to provide a reliable, adequate and secure bulk electricity distribution in North America.
NERC Cyber Security is one of the standards under Critical infrastructure Protection (CIP). It ensures to prevent cyber threats and protect critical cyber assets that can affect the reliability of bulk electric system. NERC Cyber security standards are based on CIP-002 through CIP-009, also recognized as NERC 1300.
CIP-002: It requires the identification and documentation of critical assets, based on risks, that supports the reliable bulk electric system.
CIP-003: To have a minimum security management controls to protect critical cyber assets.
CIP-004: It includes personnel who are authorized for physical access to the critical assets, including vendors and contractors.
CIP-005: requires the protection of critical cyber assets inside the Electronic Security Perimeters.
CIP-006: It’s the application of physical security measures for protection of Critical cyber assets.
CIP-007: Requires to define methods, process and procedure to secure the critical and non-critical cyber assets within the Electronic Security Perimeter.
CIP-008: It involves identifying, classifying, responding and reporting cyber security Incidents to critical cyber assets.
CIP—009: It is about placing the recovery plans and ensuring that the plans follow business continuity and disaster recovery for critical cyber assets.
Introducing of NERC Cyber Security will make sure that all the standards of NERC CIP are met, while increasing the cyber security and compliance practices.
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