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NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Boot Camp

This five-day boot camp provides a detailed overview of and teaches how to comply with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards.

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Boot camp overview

The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) set of standards was developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to ensure the protection of any assets used to operate North America’s Bulk Electric System (BES). Any entity that owns or operates any type of BES in the United States, Canada and Mexico must be compliant with NERC CIP requirements.

This boot camp provides a thorough review and analysis of NERC CIP standards currently subject to enforcement, as well as the ones that are subject to the future enforcement. It discusses the history and background of NERC CIP, the process of development and implementation of new standards, the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Regional Entities, the reasons behind common compliance violations, and best practices for building an effective compliance program.

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Course objectives

After attending this NERC CIP Boot Camp, you will be able to:

  • Thoroughly understand the purpose and specific requirements of current and upcoming NERC CIP standards
  • Implement best practices for building an effective NERC CIP compliance program
  • Evaluate the impact of emerging trends on BES Cyber Systems

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Who should attend

  • Bulk Electrical System (BES) asset owners and operators
  • Operations and support personnel
  • Compliance managers, coordinators and analysts
  • Professionals responsible for Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the NERC CIP standards

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What you’ll learn

  • Introduction to NERC, FERC and NERC CIP
  • Short history of NERC CIP
  • What does it mean to comply with NERC CIP?
    • Audit considerations
    • The NERC standards development process
    • Interpretation questions
    • How a NERC CIP program works
    • Fines are going up!
  • What are the currently-enforceable CIP standards? What is coming soon?
  • CIP-002: Sets scope for NERC CIP
  • CIP-003: Security awareness, security training, security policies and low impact requirements
    • New version of CIP-003 coming 1/1/20, including electronic access control for low impact assets
  • CIP-004: Personnel
  • CIP-005: Firewalls, electronic security perimeters, interactive remote access
  • CIP-006: Physical security of BES Cyber Systems
  • CIP-007: Systems security management
  • CIP-008: Incident response plans
  • CIP-009: Backup and recovery plans
  • CIP-010: Configuration management, security vulnerability assessments, laptops and USB sticks
  • CIP-011: Information protection, device disposal or reuse
  • CIP-012: Protection of communications between control centers (coming 2021 or 2022?)
  • CIP-013: Supply chain security (in force 7/1/20)
  • CIP-014: Physical protection of key substations
    • Current standards drafting initiatives
    • Incorporating virtualization into the existing standards
    • BES Cyber System information in the cloud
    • Version 2 of CIP-013
  • The biggest issue in NERC CIP today: Why can’t we put BES Cyber Systems in the cloud?
    • Not a very happy story at this point
    • However, it will inevitably happen
  • What’s the longer-term direction for NERC CIP?
    • Risk-based standards
    • “Real-time” standards development
    • Will CIP be taken away from NERC and FERC?

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