NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Electronic Access Controls

by Michael C. Johnson July 7, 2016

In this sixth blog installment on successfully implementing the NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the requirements for electronic access controls. What’s Required CIP-003-6, Requirement R2, Attachment 1, Section 2 — the Electronic Access Controls section of the CIP requirements — indicates that a facility, or BES asset, with Low […]

Read the full article →

Bat Species Buzz: a USFWS Update for Your Next Project

by Josiah Maine July 1, 2016

While bats may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you consider the global economy, these winged mammals provide vital — and valuable — services to our society. With the ability to consume their body weight in insects every night, bats act as nature’s pesticide by combating crop pests, saving farmers billions […]

Read the full article →

FAA Clarifies UAV Rule, Paves Way for Larger Fields of Operation

by Steve Santovasi June 29, 2016

In recent years, the engineering and construction industries has started to see progress on the expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial applications. On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved expanded regulations on permissible UAV altitudes to include objects higher than 400 feet, as long as the operator remains within 400 […]

Read the full article →

NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Security Awareness & Incident Response

by Michael C. Johnson June 22, 2016

In this fifth blog installment on successfully implementing the NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the two requirements that must be fully implemented by April 1, 2017. Cyber Security Awareness For Entities with an existing High/Medium Impact BCS CIP Program, use of that program’s Security Awareness processes will cover the […]

Read the full article →

Designing Food Processing Plants of the Future

by Wayne Young June 17, 2016

Few industries evolve quite as quickly as the food industry. Just think about it; the low-fat and carb-free fads from 10-20 years ago gave way to today’s “real food” movement, where consumers increasingly want locally sourced, fresh products with a focus on niche or specialty foods. These ever-changing trends can present some serious challenges for […]

Read the full article →

NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Inventory or Not?

by Michael C. Johnson June 16, 2016

In this fourth blog installment on implementing NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll dive into the prerequisite Standard CIP-002-5.1 for determining if Low Impact BCS are present at a Bulk Energy System (BES) facility and if an inventory should be created. No List Required? CIP-002-5.1 Requirement R1, Part 1.3 and CIP-003-6 […]

Read the full article →