By - Jon Brown

NERC CIP: A Deeper Dive
October 16-17, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

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This session will provide an overview of the NERC CIP Reliability Standards. The electric grid in North America is at the top of the list of critical infrastructures maintained by Presidential Directive by the Department of Homeland Security and it is recognized that the remaining critical infrastructures will not function without a reliable supply of electricity.  As a result, cyber and physical security for electric utilities is at the forefront of the legislators and regulators agenda following recent cyber and physical attacks in the US and elsewhere in the world.

To address these risks, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed and maintained a set of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards that are mandatory and enforceable.  These standards have undergone significant change since they were first adopted in FERC Order 706.  These standards have been extended to include all Bulk Electric System Assets and their related Cyber Assets each categorized as High, Medium, and Lower Risk assets thereby extending the program to all registered entities and all bulk electric system assets at some level.

This course will provide a deep fundamental understanding of the NERC CIP standards including a history of their development, an understanding of the present standards, and a view of what is coming in future standard development.  The course will also provide a detailed overview of each standard, its fundamental purpose, and the intent of each requirement.

Developing programs to meet the intent of the standard is challenging since compliance with the standards requires disciplines from several key corporate functions including electric system operations, information technology, corporate security, and human resources at a minimum.  This course will also review organizational structures for successful implementation and their experiences.  This course will also provide an overview of compliance and monitoring efforts that NERC will conduct for the CIP standards and is designed to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of NERC compliance in order to communicate and build a culture of compliance and reliability and prepare for upcoming CIP audits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the background for the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards (CIP) and discuss major recent revisions
  • Review the scope and purpose of the NERC CIP Standards
  • Examine the NERC CIP requirements in detail
  • Review future CIP Standards and discuss how to prepare for them
  • Explain how violations are determined and identify which CIP standards are the most violated and why
  • Discuss the challenges faced by utilities in defining a compliance program across the corporate functions necessary for CIP compliance (operations, information technology, corporate security, human resources, etc.)
  • Analyze the audit process for CIP standards and demonstrate strategies for success before, during, and after an audit



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This course will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

registration12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

timing1:00  – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

History and Purpose of NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards and Requirements

  • History of the CIP Standards
    • Urgent Action Standards
    • NERC vs. FERC vs. Congress
  • 706 Reliability Standards – The first enforceable standards
  • CIP Version 5 and Version 6 Reliability Standards
    • Review of the intent and purpose of each standard
    • Understanding each of the requirements
    • Resources necessary in meeting the intent
  • Meeting the Requirements with outside contractors/vendors
  • Analysis of most violated CIP standards

Thursday, October 17, 2019

breakfast8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

timing8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

lunch12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

History and Purpose of NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards and Requirements – Continued

  • Physical security and CIP-014
    • Coordination with other physical security requirements
    • Common pitfalls
  • Audit processes and preparation for CIP Standards
    • RSAW preparation
    • RSAW Narratives: What are they used for?
    • Common pitfalls

CIP Compliance in Practice

  • Organizing for compliance: Decentralized vs. centralized – IT/OT, Access Management, Physical and Cyber Security
  • Recognize how NERC compliance fits with other enterprise compliance needs and risk management
  • Managing documentation and evidence for audit
  • Managing TFEs: When to terminate or submit material changes
  • Demonstrating a culture of compliance to auditors for the CIP Standards
  • Emerging Issues and New Standards- CIP-003-7, CIP-012-1, CIP-013-1


Ryan Carlson, CISSP, PSP, Vice President – Critical Infrastructure Protection Services, Proven Compliance Solutions

Ryan has over 25 years of experience in Cyber Security, IT project management, network system engineering, and network/server system administration.  Ryan’s career has been devoted exclusively to assisting clients with their NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance program needs since 2008.  Ryan has conducted hundreds of CIP mock audit/gap analysis projects over the last 10 years and participated in dozens of regional CIP audits as an expert advisor, observer, and embedded Subject Matter Expert.  Ryan is actively involved in monitoring the CIP Standards development process by attending NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) meetings, as well as numerous NERC/regional CIP user group meetings and conferences.  Ryan is an active member of the NERC Compliance Input Working Group (CEIWG).  Ryan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, International Relations and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.


Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest

2999 Windy Hill Rd SE

Marietta, GA 30067

Reserve your room:

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of October 14 – 16, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$151.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to September 14, 2019.


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