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Spotlight on CIP v6 Transition Considerations – Electronic Security Perimeters

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the latest in a series of articles concerning the implementation of the Critical Infrastructure (CIP) Version 6 standards applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems. Today’s topic is Electronic Security Perimeters (ESPs) – logical borders that enclose groups of BES Cyber Systems accessible through routable protocols. All CIP Version 6 requirements applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems take effect on July 1. Clients must have their initial evidence of compliance...

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Spotlight on CIP v6 Transition Considerations – Personnel and Training Requirements

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is third in a series of articles concerning the implementation of the Critical Infrastructure (CIP) Version 6 standards applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems. Today’s focus is on personnel and training requirements which are mostly unchanged from CIP Version 3, but have important nuances affecting a NERC-compliant cyber security program. All CIP Version 6 requirements applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems take effect on July 1. Clients must have their initial...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Sixth Annual Status Report on FERC’s Directives

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s sixth annual filing reporting the disposition of every ruling ever issued by the Commission related to Bulk Electric System reliability. In it, NERC concludes that 773 directives issued by FERC since 2007 have been addressed – 94.4% of the total. The remaining 46 will be completed by mid-2017. FERC’s activity levels will remain low unless new risks emerge – a distinct possibility with the rapid evolution in human-created threats (cyber, physical, bio-terror). More directives may result as over...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Grid Security Exercise Final Report – GridEx III

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s final report on GridEx III, a simulation held last November of a large-scale coordinated cyber/physical attack on the Bulk Electric System. Over 4,400+ participants from the industry, academia, the Regions, and Federal bureaus engaged in the two-day table-top exercise. The three Grid Security Exercises conducted since 2011 have contributed extensively to the industry’s ability to withstand a coordinated cyber/physical attack. But new attack vectors appear regularly and there is no sign that...

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Spotlight on NERC’s One-Year Risk-Based Registration Status Filing

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s informational filing issued one year from FERC’s approval of the Risk-based Registration (RBR) program. The submission discusses the costs, benefits, and other relevant information associated with the implementation of Risk-Based Registration. Based on NERC’s findings, it is unlikely that FERC will instruct the ERO Enterprise to change the scope or the direction of the Risk-Based Registration program. But, the Commission may insist that more statistics be provided in a follow-up...

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Spotlight on FERC Docket RM16-8-000 – NOPR to Amend the SGIA

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RM16-8-000, a public Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add voltage and frequency ride-through performance requirements to the Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). If approved, generating facilities with capacities of 20 MW or less will be required to remain connected to the BES during abnormal frequency and voltage events. FERC Docket RM16-8-000, proposing to add voltage and frequency ride-through requirements to the SGIA, is up for a 60-day public review. Clients have until...

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Quarterly Report – Q1 2016

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Quarterly Reports | 0 comments

This quarterly report covers trends in compliance over the past quarter as well as our outlook for the future. It covers major FERC actions, NERC activity, and regional changes that impact entities operating in North America. This can be downloaded as a single user license, to be read by one individual. If you would like a company wide license, and a quarterly report customized for your organization, please subscribe to our Spotlight service. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 823 Approving PRC-026-1 (Project 2010-13.3)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 823, which publicly announces the Commission’s approval of PRC-026-1. When it takes effect, the standard will establish minimum trip settings for load relays, so that they will not react too quickly to stable and unstable power swings. PRC-026-1 will begin to take effect in the U.S. on 1/1/18. By that time, each Planning Coordinator must have identified the applicable BES Elements impacted by the standard and notified the Generator/Transmission Owner accordingly. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC’s New Compliance Guidelines Website

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight focuses on NERC’s newly announced Compliance Guidelines Website – a storehouse of reference documents outlining approaches to best assure a compliant reliability program. Its intent is to establish a common continent-wide understanding of the language and intent of some of the most complex NERC standards. All the reference materials identified in the policy document are posted on the new website. NERC’s Compliance Certification Committee is presently reviewing its entire guidance library to see if there...

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Spotlight on PER-006-1 – Specific Training for Personnel Draft 1 (Project 2007-06.2)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the profound changes made in Project 2007-06.2 to standardize Operator training on Composite Protection Systems and Remedial Action Schemes (RAS). The project team has discontinued all development effort on TOP-009-1 in response to feedback that that TOP and BA Protection System awareness is already required by PER-003-1 – and introduces PER-006-1 in its stead. The initial draft of PER-006-1 and its support documents have been posted for a 45-day review period and concurrent ballot. Clients have...

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