WASHINGTON, D.C. – NERC began its two-day grid security exercise today. Industry and government set a new record with more than 425 organizations participating in GridEx V. Community-owned utilities and electric cooperatives represent the largest increase in participation with 53 organizations added to the exercise since GridEx IV, which drew 6,500 participants from more than 370 organizations.
GridEx, hosted by NERC's Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E‑ISAC), is the largest exercise of its kind. The GridEx V scenario involves coordinated cyber and physical attacks affecting the bulk power system across North America. For GridEx V, grid operators face simulated conditions including compromised customer payment systems, fuel shortages and copycat attacks.
“GridEx V marks a 10-year milestone in NERC's effort to help industry members and government partners continually improve their security posture," said Jim Robb, NERC's president and chief executive officer. “The steady growth of GridEx participation since our first exercise in 2011 is a testament to how seriously the industry takes security."
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