The Reliable Wire, Vol 5, Issue 1, December – January 2017
The Reliable Wire, Vol 5, Issue 1, December – January 2017
February 6, 2017

The Reliable Wire, Vol 5, Issue 1, December – January 2017

Included in this issue:

  • Comments of NERC in Response to Primary Frequency Response NOPR
  • Project 2016-03 Cyber Security Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Natural Gas Reliance, Distributed Energy Resources Among Long-Term Reliability Challenges Facing Industry
  • Guest Article: Managing CIP Compliance with GridSecurity

The Reliable Wire, Vol 5, Issue 1, Dec – Jan 2017

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 6, October – November 2016
The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 6, October – November 2016
November 18, 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 6, October – November 2016

Included in this issue:

  • Guest Article: Testing Your NERC Evidence For Quality
  • Project 2016-03 Cyber Security Supply Chain Management (CIP-013-1)
  • Notice Of Proposed Rule Making To Approve Reliability Standards BAL-005-1 and FAC-001-3
  • Order On 2017 Business Plans and Budgets

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 6, Oct – Nov 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 5, August – September 2016
The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 5, August – September 2016
September 21, 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 5, August – September 2016

Included in this issue:

  • Order No. 829 Directing Standard For Supply Chain Cyber Controls
  • Notice of Inquiry Regarding Cyber Systems in Control Centers
  • Comments Of NERC In Response To NOPR BAL-002-2
  • Guest Article: Distributed Energy Resource Rules and Regulations Set to Change?

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 5, Aug – Sept 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 2, Feb – Mar 2016
The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 2, Feb – Mar 2016
March 16, 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 2, Feb – Mar 2016

Included in this Issue:

  • CIP V5 Extension
  • FERC-NERC-Regional Entity Joint Review of Restoration and Recovery Plans – System restoration plans were found, generally, to be thorough and highly-detailed. The report suggests that broadly adopting the practices in these plans would enhance the industry’s preparation for recovering from major storms and physical or cyber attacks, and allow other entities to recover more quickly and efficiently when such events occur.
  • NERC adopts two standards projects
  • Technical Feasibility Exception Procedures Effective Date Delayed

[+] The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 2, Feb-Mar 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 1, Jan 2016
The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 1, Jan 2016
January 1, 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 1, Jan 2016

FERC Approves CIP V5 Revisions FERC issued Order 822 which approved the revisions to V5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards originally approved on November 22, 2013 in Order 791. FERC approved the CIP V5 revisions submitted by NERC on February 17, 2015

(1) eliminating the “identify, assess, and correct” language in 17 of the CIP version 5 Standard requirements;
(2) providing enhanced security controls for Low Impact assets;
(3) providing controls to address the risks posed by transient electronic devices (e.g., thumb drives and laptop computers) used at high and medium impact BES Cyber Systems; and
(4) addressing, in an equally effective and efficient manner, the need for a NERC Glossary definition for the term “communication networks.”

[+] The Reliable Wire, Vol 4, Issue 1, Jan 2016

The Reliable Wire, Vol 3, Issue 8, Oct-Nov 2015
The Reliable Wire, Vol 3, Issue 8, Oct-Nov 2015
November 29, 2015

The Reliable Wire, Vol 3, Issue 8, Oct-Nov 2015

On September 10, NERC released the 2016 ERO CMEP Implementation Plan. This year’s operating plan focuses on the riskbased CMEP and the associated risk elements for 2016. NERC has reevaluated the areas of focus for both ERO-wide and regionspecific risks that warrant increased compliance monitoring. The following risk elements have been identified for enhanced monitoring in 2016:

(1) Critical Infrastructure Protection
(2) Extreme Physical Events
(3) Maintenance and Management of BPS Assets
(4) Monitoring and Situational Awareness
(5) Protection System Failures
(6) Event Response / Recovery
(7) Planning and System Analysis
(8) Human Performance

Regional Entities are expected to develop entity-specific oversight plans that incorporate a focused list of Reliability Standards and Requirements based on an Registered Entity’s risk profile. NERC prudently points out that “a particular area of focus under a risk element does not imply that the identified NERC standard(s) fully addresses the particular risk associated with the risk element.”

[+] The Reliable Wire, Vol 3, Issue 8, Oct-Nov 2015