Security

How Much Physical Security Is Enough for Your Data Center?

by Brandon Kehl March 13, 2017

Data is a precious commodity. It’s the backbone of modern society, a foundation of the business world, and the repository of our personal and professional documentation — from texts and email to photos and videos. Data centers have become a necessary part of the nation’s infrastructure. As with the electrical grid and water systems, they […]

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FERC Notice of Inquiry: Cyber Systems in Control Centers

by Michael C. Johnson August 11, 2016

Under Docket RM16-18-000, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Cyber Systems in Control Centers to collect industry input on possible modifications for the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards focused on cybersecurity for Control Centers that monitor and control the nation’s Bulk Electric System (BES). The NOI […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact — Electronic Access Controls, Comment & Ballot

by Michael C. Johnson August 3, 2016

As I detailed in my previous posts on the Electronic Access Control and subsequent posting on the proposed modifications, the Standard Drafting Team (SDT) charged with working on the FERC-ordered Low Impact External Routable Connectivity (LERC) modifications has released its proposed definition changes for industry comment and balloting. In this latest installment, I will provide […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Electronic Access Controls, Proposed Modifications

by Michael C. Johnson July 22, 2016

As noted in my previous post on the Electronic Access Control, I indicated that the Standard Drafting Team (SDT) charged with working on the FERC-ordered Low Impact External Routable Connectivity (LERC) modifications was in the process of completing its initial revisions to be submitted for industry comment and balloting. This update summarizes the most important […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Physical Security Controls

by Michael C. Johnson July 14, 2016

In this seventh blog installment on NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the physical security controls necessary for successfully implementing these BCS requirements. What’s Covered CIP-003-6, Requirement R2, Attachment 1, Section 2 — indicates that physical security must be applied to the BCS requirements and any Low Impact BCS Electronic […]

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