NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Training Boot Camp

Transform your career in 5 days

Our intensive five-day program covers the current and upcoming enforceable standards, explores compliance best practices and equips you with the knowledge and skills to build effective compliance programs. Whether you’re a BES asset owner, operations personnel or compliance manager, this NERC CIP training empowers you to navigate the complex landscape of NERC CIP compliance and contributes to the overall security of critical infrastructure. Join us and transform your career in just five days.

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Course essentials

Boot camp at a glance

  • Method

    Live online, in-person or team onsite

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Experience

    1-3 years of experience

  • Average salary

    $107,000

What you'll learn

Training overview

During our boot camp, you become a proficient expert in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards and ensure the security of critical assets used in operating the Bulk Electric System (BES). Our boot camp covers the following:

  • NERC CIP overview: Understand the history, development and enforcement process of NERC CIP standards.
  • Scope and compliance: Learn the requirements and implications of NERC CIP compliance standards for BES asset owners and operators.
  • Security awareness and training: Enhance your knowledge of security awareness, training and policies to meet low-impact requirements.
  • Personnel security: Explore the importance of personnel security in maintaining the integrity of BES Cyber Systems.
  • Cyber systems protection: Master physical and systems security management to safeguard BES Cyber Systems.
  • Incident response and recovery: Develop effective incident response and recovery plans to mitigate cybersecurity incidents.
  • Configuration management: Learn best practices for configuration management, security vulnerability assessments and data protection.
  • Supply chain security: Understand the significance of supply chain security in maintaining the resilience of critical infrastructure.
  • Key substation protection: Explore the physical protection measures for key substations in the Bulk Electric System.
  • Future directions of NERC CIP: Gain insights into the evolving landscape of NERC CIP certification and emerging trends.

Who should attend

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The NERC CIP Boot Camp is designed for a diverse range of professionals with roles and responsibilities related to Bulk Electrical System (BES) asset ownership, operation, compliance and critical infrastructure protection. Here’s what you’ll gain from attending the boot camp:

  • 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

By attending the NERC CIP training, professionals from various backgrounds can acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to effectively navigate the complex landscape of NERC CIP standards and contribute to protecting critical infrastructure.

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What's included

Everything you need to know

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  • 90-day extended access to Boot Camp components, including class recordings
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Free 90-day Infosec Skills subscription (access to 1,400+ additional courses and labs)
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee
  • Pre-study learning path

What makes the Infosec CIP prep course different?

You can rest assured that the CIP training materials are fully updated and synced with the latest version of the exam. With 20 years of training experience, we stand by our CIP training with 100% satisfaction guaranteed. This means if you’re not 100% satisfied with your training at the end of the first day, you may withdraw and enroll in a different online or in-person course.

Before your boot camp

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take the NERC CIP Boot Camp. However, a general understanding of critical infrastructure is recommended.

Syllabus

Training schedule

Day 1
Morning session

Introduction to NERC, FERC and NERC CIP

Short history of NERC CIP

Afternoon session

What does it mean to comply with NERC CIP?

Evening session

What are the currently-enforceable CIP standards? What is coming soon?

Schedule may vary from class to class

Day 2
Morning session

CIP-002: Sets scope for NERC CIP

CIP-003: Security awareness, security training, security policies and low impact requirements

Afternoon session

CIP-004: Personnel

Evening session

CIP-005: Firewalls, electronic security perimeters, interactive remote access

Schedule may vary from class to class

Day 3
Morning session

CIP-006: Physical security of BES Cyber Systems

CIP-007: Systems security management

Afternoon session

CIP-008: Incident response plans

Evening session

CIP-009: Backup and recovery plans

Schedule may vary from class to class

Day 4
Morning session

CIP-010: Configuration management, security vulnerability assessments, laptops and USB sticks

Afternoon session

CIP-011: Information protection, device disposal or reuse

Evening session

CIP-012: Protection of communications between control centers

Day 5
Morning session

CIP-013: Supply chain security

CIP-014: Physical protection of key substations

Afternoon session

The biggest issue in NERC CIP today: Why can’t we put BES Cyber Systems in the cloud?

Evening session

What’s the longer-term direction for NERC CIP?

Schedule may vary from class to class

What's next?

After you finish the NERC CIP compliance training

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Completing the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Training Boot Camp is a valuable step on the infrastructure management and security professional path. Infosec offers free 90-day access to Infosec Skills, our comprehensive library of cybersecurity courses, including additional training on risk identity and assessment and other relevant domains. 

You can continue learning, earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits, and stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in risk and information systems control.

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Exam Prep

What are some tips I should know when preparing for the NERC CIP exam?

When you enroll in this boot camp, you’ll get immediate access to training materials to help prepare you for the NERC CIP training. In addition, you’ll have 90 days of access to additional training courses and materials once your boot camp is over. By enrolling, you’ll have everything you need to succeed before, during and after your boot camp.

Exam Process

How does the NERC examination process work?

NERC has a certification program that is done at the organizational level. Individuals taking this boot camp will not receive NERC CIP certification; however, they will be better equipped to understand the process and help their organization apply for certification.

More information on the process for organization certification can be found in Section 500 and Appendix 5A of the NERC Rules of Procedure. Please refer to the NERC website for more information on NERC CIP certification, the application process and other details.

Career Opportunities

What are the career opportunities like for NERC CIP certified professionals?

NERC CIP compliance applies to many roles; most NERC CIP professionals typically hold titles related to protecting assets used to operate North America’s Bulk Electric System (BES). Common job titles individuals with NERC CIP compliance training may have are:

  • System administrators
  • Physical security specialists
  • Compliance coordinators

Positions that require NERC CIP compliance training vary based on organizational structure, industry and involvement in the operation and protection of Bulk Electric Systems.

What job titles are most common for people with CIP certification?

Some common positions that this certification can help you land include:

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    Compliance manager

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    Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) manager

  • Security analyst icon

    Security analyst

Average Salary

NERC CIP certification salary expectations

Due to the importance of safeguarding critical infrastructure, NERC CIP-certified individuals enjoy a competitive salary. On average, people with job titles such as systems protection engineer, compliance manager and critical infrastructure protection manager make an average of $107,177 annually. However, the exact salary largely depends on job title, experience and organization.

Guaranteed results

Our boot camp guarantees

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your training at the end of the first day, you may withdraw and enroll in a different online or in-person course.

Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

If an employee leaves within three months of obtaining certification, Infosec will train a different employee at the same organization tuition-free for up to one year.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is a NERC CIP?
NERC CIP stands for North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection. It refers to a set of cybersecurity standards developed by NERC to ensure the protection of assets used to operate North America’s Bulk Electric System (BES).
What are the NERC CIP requirements?
The NERC CIP requirements are a comprehensive set of standards that organizations must adhere to in order to protect critical infrastructure assets. These requirements cover various areas such as cybersecurity policies, access controls, incident response planning, physical security measures, personnel training and more.
Why is NERC CIP important?
NERC CIP is important because it establishes cybersecurity standards and best practices to protect the Bulk Electric System. The reliability and security of the electric grid are crucial for ensuring the stability and continuity of essential services, such as power supply to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. Compliance with NERC CIP helps mitigate cyber risks, safeguard critical infrastructure assets and enhance the overall resilience of the electric power industry.

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SM

Incredible! I have attended classes where the instructor just read PowerPoints — our instructor added so much additional information to the class and knows the field of security inside and out! I was very pleased with his knowledge and instructional skills.

Sheree Moore, Mobile County Public Schools
WJ

I went to West Point for my bachelor’s, Columbia for my master’s and had multiple Army-led courses, and this ranks as one of the best, most engaging courses that I have ever had.

William Jack, Deloitte Consulting, LLC
EH

The instructor was able to take material that prior to the class had made no sense and explained it in real-world scenarios that were able to be understood.

Erik Heiss, United States Air Force

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