Statement on FERC’s July Open Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took action on several items related to reliability at its monthly open meeting on July 21, 2016.

Action included a draft final rule for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, directing NERC to develop a new supply chain risk management standard that addresses risks to information systems and related bulk electric system assets. The order states that the new or modified Reliability Standard should address software integrity and authenticity; vendor remote access; information system planning; and vendor risk management and procurement controls.
Additionally, FERC (1) denied requests for a rehearing of Order No. 822 approving modifications to the CIP Reliability Standards and (2) issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments regarding the modification of CIP standards related to the protection of cyber systems in control centers that are used to monitor and control the Bulk Electric System in real-time.

NERC and industry have made security a priority and will continue the work toward assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system.

FERC Release

Posted On: 07/21/2016