WASHINGTON, D.C. – At its monthly open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a notice of inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on certain potential enhancements to the currently effective Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. Specifically, the NOI seeks comment on whether the CIP Reliability Standards adequately address cyber security risks pertaining to data security, detection of anomalies and events and mitigation of cyber security events. The NOI also seeks comment on the potential risk of a coordinated cyber attack on geographically distributed targets and whether FERC action, including potential modifications to the CIP Reliability Standards, would be appropriate to address such risk. Initial comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments are due 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.
The topics covered by the NOI are complementary of ongoing work by NERC. The ERO Enterprise will continue to engage with FERC and stakeholders toward assuring the reliability and security of the North American bulk power system.
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