Statement on FERC Open Meeting Action
WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation appreciates the action taken on revisions to NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during its monthly meeting. FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on the revised standards, which address issues ranging from personnel and training to security of cyber systems and information protection.

hese actions represent significant progress toward mitigating cyber risks to the bulk power system by addressing vulnerability assessments, security management controls, personnel and training, electronic security perimeters, incident reporting and response planning and recovery of cyber systems.
FERC’s notice of proposed rulemaking seeks to modify the scope and applicability of certain CIP standards to protect communication links and sensitive data among control centers and seeks comments on controls for transient electronic devices. The notice of proposed rulemaking also is expected to call for the development of a standard (or standards) for supply chain management security controls to further protect the bulk power system from security vulnerabilities and malware threats.
NERC will review the notice of proposed rulemaking and respond as required. NERC and industry have made security a priority and will continue the work toward assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system.
Posted On: 07/16/2015