WASHINGTON, D.C. – NERC filed its report evaluating the CIP-014 Reliability Standard with FERC today. The report, which was directed by FERC in a December 15, 2022 order, called for NERC to study the applicability criteria of the standard and the adequacy of the risk assessment and to assess whether a minimum level of physical security protections should be established for all bulk power system transmission stations, substations, and primary control centers.
“This evaluation was important given the heightened physical security threat environment and the high profile attacks which occurred in the fourth quarter of 2022. Our study outlines actions to strengthen the physical security standard and foster robust stakeholder engagement to consider additional risk-based enhancements,” said Jim Robb, NERC president and CEO. “Following recent events, industry and the E-ISAC developed and shared a physical security resource guide that detailed broader considerations in developing a physical security approach for all assets beyond those identified as critical by CIP-014. The actions outlined in our report will help further secure critical bulk power system assets and ensure the foundational protections of CIP-014 are keeping pace with a dynamic risk environment.”
Findings and follow-up actions include:
Reliability standards must keep pace with the rapidly changing challenges facing the bulk power system, and NERC looks forward to continuing its work with FERC and industry to support a secure and reliable North American grid.
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