How to Achieve NERC CIP Compliance with AvePoint

Post Date: 07/17/2018
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If you are a bulk power system owner and operate in North America, chances are you’re already familiar with NERC CIP. More than 1,000 companies across the continent are required to focus on assurance, learning, and reliability in compliance with the NERC CIP guidelines. Companies also need to follow a risk-based approach to maintaining and improving reliability of the electricity grid across the nation.

For those who are not familiar with the NERC CIP (North American Electric Reliability Critical Infrastructure Protection), it is a standard that requires utility/bulk power system companies to plan and implement controls in order to secure the assets that are required to operate the electricity system in North America.

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You may be asking yourself, “What kinds of threats do energy/utility companies typically experience?” Aside from physical threats, cyber security threats or information security vulnerabilities can also result in hefty penalties. This is why NERC CIP has the goal of coordinating compliance enforcement. Some of the ways it does this are:

  • Sabotage reporting
  • Critical Cyber Asset Identification
  • Security Management Controls
  • Personnel and Training
  • Electronic Security Perimeters
  • Physical Security of Critical Cyber Assets
  • Systems Security Management
  • Incident Reporting and Response Planning
  • Recovery Plans for Critical Cyber Assets
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Here’s how AvePoint can help organizations be prepared for the NERC CIP:

If you are just beginning your NERC CIP journey or are performing your periodic review and need a centralized solution to help you with automating some of the requirements, consider AvePoint’s solutions and feel free to reach out for an evaluation.

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During his tenure as a Senior Compliance Technical Specialist at AvePoint, Esad was responsible for research, technical and analytical support on current as well as upcoming industry trends, technology, standards, best practices, concepts and solutions for information security, risk analysis and compliance.

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