CIP-014 Energy Infrastructure Protection and Substation Perimeter Security
In March 2014 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), to develop and implement reliability standards for the nation’s bulk energy providers. The reliability standards were developed to address the protection of critical infrastructure from the risk of physical and cyber attacks.
The outcome of the FERC mandate was the development and adoption in mid-2014 of the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection standard for cyber security known as CIP-014, Version 5. This standard provides for risk and vulnerability assessment of power grid infrastructure. The CIP-014 standard includes as a key element of independent, non-affiliated, third party review of the security plans of transmission stations and substations for CIP-014 conformity, and timelines for compliance.
A survey done within the electric industry by Black & Veatch reported that nearly 52% of the respondents indicated they either did not know, or did not believe, that their infrastructure protection was well integrated or well managed.
CIP-014 represents a very serious, easily understandable, and accountable attempt to address the well-known vulnerabilities of the nation’s electric grid infrastructure, and requires that owners take immediate action.
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