June 23, 2020
On June 22, FERC issued a delegated letter order approving NERC’s financing request for the development of the ERO Secure Evidence Locker (SEL). The ERO SEL is a key component of the NERC’s reimagined suite of Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) work and data management tools and will be implemented in conjunction with Align Release 1 in early 2021. It will be used for the collection and analysis of evidence provided by registered entities in connection with CMEP activities.
The need for this highly secure evidence repository comes at a time when the security of the bulk power system is constantly under attack by threat actors seeking information to compromise the system. The ERO SEL will be designed to provide an isolated environment for off-premise evidence analysis across the ERO Enterprise.
The ERO Enterprise appreciates FERC’s quick action on this key reliability initiative. For more information on the ERO SEL, visit the “Secure Evidence Locker Functionality” section on the Align FAQs page.
May 13, 2020
Align Update: Secure Evidence Lockers - Updated Specifications as of April 29, 2020
As noted in the January 27th stakeholder webinar and supporting materials, the ERO Enterprise will be implementing a Secure Evidence Locker (SEL) in conjunction with Release 1 of Align. Several registered entities voiced interest in implementing a registered entity SEL as an alternative to the ERO Enterprise SEL. In response to this interest, the Align project team is providing a functional specification document for any registered entity SEL. You may access the specification by clicking here or under Important Documents in the right hand column of this web page.
All stakeholders are welcome to review the specifications. If you have comments or questions, you may submit those to AskAlign@nerc.net.
A final version of this document was posted on April 29, 2020.
The project team continues to update the Align FAQ
page with incoming questions submitted by stakeholders. Updates to FAQs are posted on a frequent basis so check back often. A new search feature was added to aid in finding answers to specific topics or keywords.
Submit questions related to the webinar to AskAlign@nerc.net
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