Securing the Power Grid: Automating NERC Cyber Security Compliance
NERC requirements are designed to ensure that the bulk electric system in North America is reliable and adequate, and that power grids are secure from both external and internal threats. NERC includes more than 160 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Cyber Security Standards that are mandatory and enforceable, and that relate to implementation of technology. The CIPs require continuous auditing of systems, which is nearly impossible to implement manually. Compliance deadlines are looming, and the promise of stiff fines for non-compliance has energy companies quickly searching for automated solutions.