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GridEx III Logo(clear border).pngNERC conducted its second sector-wide grid security exercise, GridEx II, in November 2013. The first grid security exercise took place in November 2011. These geographically distributed exercises were designed to execute the electricity sector’s crisis response to simulated coordinated cybersecurity and physical security threats and incidents, to strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions, and to provide input for lessons learned. GridEx III is scheduled for November 18-19, 2015.
The objectives for GridEx III are:
·         Exercise crisis response and recovery
·         Improve communications
·         Identify lessons learned
·         Engage senior leadership
Exercise Construct
As in the first two GridEx events, GridEx III is made up of a grid-focused operational exercise for participants across North America and a tabletop discussion for executives. The majority of participants will take part in the exercise from their place of work over two days and will receive sequenced email messages that detail simulated scenario conditions. Based on this information, participants will respond with simulated internal and external information sharing activities. An exercise control cell, based in the Washington, D.C. area, will manage scenario distribution, monitor the exercise and gather lessons learned.
Planning and Participation
The nine-month planning cycle is structured around three planning conferences: the Initial Planning Conference on March 11-12, the Mid-term Planning Conference on June 10-11, and the Final Planning Conference on September 3. Designated Planners from each organization will participate in these conferences and identify exercise participants ("Players") from across departmental and functional areas. Planners develop customized scenario events that achieve additional local exercise objectives and increases realism for their Players. Planners will also identify their organizations as either an “Active” organization that is directly involved in planning, dynamic exercise play and after action activities or as an “Observing” organization that participates in a less resource-intensive manner.
More Information
Contact Bill Lawrence, senior manager of CIP Awareness, Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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