Project 2020-04 Modifications to CIP-012

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A supplemental nomination period for additional standard drafting team members for the Project 2020-04 Modifications to CIP-012 Standard Authorization Request (SAR), concluded at 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday, July 20, 2020.

In Order No. 866, FERC stated that “maintaining the availability of communication networks and data should include provisions for incident recovery and continuity of operations in a responsible entity's compliance plan." FERC recognized that the redundancy of communication links cannot always be guaranteed, and acknowledged there should be plans for both recovery of compromised communication links and use of backup communication capability. The proposed scope of this project would entail modifications to CIP-012 – Communications between Control Centers.

Standard(s) Affected CIP-012 - Cyber Security – Communications between Control Centers

The purpose of this project is to address a directive issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Order No. 866 to develop modifications to the CIP Reliability Standards to require protections regarding the availability of communication links and data communicated between the bulk electric system Control Centers.

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Standard Authorization Request (SAR)
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The Standards Committee accepted the SAR on December 9, 2020 
Supplemental Drafting Team Nominations

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Unofficial Nomination Form (Word)

Nomination Period


Submit Nominations


06/24/20 - 07/20/20

Drafting Team Nominations
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​Nomination Period
Info (Updated)


04/08/20 - 06/11/20​ (Extended)

Supporting Materials
Comment Period
Info (Updated)


04/08/20 - 06/11/20​ (Extended)


Comments Received