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North American Electric Utility Companies Must Comply With NERC CIP 2-9: What You Need to Know Now

Published: 21 November 2007

ID: G00152432

Analyst(s): F. Christian Byrnes, Bradley Williams

Summary

Electric power companies should move to comply with the NERC's CIP standards 2 through 9. Compliance is mandatory for all entities involved in North American bulk power systems, with stiff penalties for noncompliance. This report describes how to approach CIP 2-9 as part of ongoing OT governance.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Need for and Evolution of Utility OT Governance Regulation
  • Understanding CIP
  • Compliance Issues
  • Timeline
  • CIP Stumbling Blocks
    • Processes
    • Asset Identification
    • Perimeters
  • Architectural Options
    • The Easiest Way to Comply
    • Why the Easiest Way May Not Be the Right Way
    • Independence
    • Federation
    • One Enterprise
    • Using the Activity Cycle for CIP Compliance From a Process Perspective
    • Compliance Enforcement
  • Appendix A: NERC CIP2-9 Standards
    • NERC CIP-002 Critical Cyberassets
    • NERC CIP-003 Security Management Controls
    • NERC CIP-004 Personnel and Training
    • NERC CIP-005 Electronic Security
    • NERC CIP-006 Physical Security
    • NERC CIP-007 Systems Security Management
    • NERC Standard CIP-007-1 Cybersecurity — Systems Security Management
    • NERC CIP-008 Incident Reporting and Response Planning
    • NERC CIP-009 Recovery Plans
  • Appendix B: The Tasks and Relationships of Risk, Compliance, Security and Business Continuity Management
  • Appendix C: The Top 12 Changes From UAS1200

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