By - Jon Brown

NERC CIP: A Deeper Dive
November 6-7, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ

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If this event is of interest you may also be interested in NERC Compliance Fundamentals, November 5 – 6 in Phoenix.

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 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 Standards and discuss major recent revisions
  • Review the scope and purpose of the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards
  • Examine the NERC CIP requirements: Current version and upcoming revisions
  • Assess the confidentiality provisions of the CIP Standards
  • 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.)
  • Define a culture of compliance and its importance in the compliance monitoring and enforcement process
  • Examine strategies to build an internal CIP compliance program in such a diverse environment
  • 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.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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
    • Departments involved in meeting the intent
  • Meeting the Requirements with outside contractors/vendors
  • Confidentiality Provisions
    • New requirements for managing the information
  • Analysis of most violated CIP standards:  Hot spots to watch for

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

  • Define “culture of compliance ” across the responsible areas
    • Communication of risk and strategies to build, communicate and demonstrate a culture of compliance, as mandated by NERC
  • Organizing for compliance
    • Decentralized vs. centralized corporate security
      • Options for organization
    • Confidentiality of the compliance process
    • Recognize how NERC compliance fits with other enterprise compliance needs and risk management
    • Managing documentation and evidence
    • 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-010-2 R4 Transient Cyber Assets



Carl Bench, CISA, PSP
Senior CIP Consultant, Proven Compliance Solutions    

Carl has over 11 years’ experience in the electrical industry as an IT Systems Operator, CIP Auditor, and Audit Team Lead. He was most recently a CIP Auditor and Audit Team Lead at Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). While as an Auditor at WECC he gained unique experience in compliance program management and audits. Areas of expertise include: Conducting and leading audits and assessments related to the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, NERC & Regional monitoring, NERC CIP V5 implementation/training, and risk-based compliance monitoring and enforcement procedures and implementation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management. Carl is a Certified Information Systems Auditor(CISA), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM), Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA).


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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventStandard RateAttendees
NERC CIP: A Deeper DiveUS $ 1395.00

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NERC Compliance FundamentalsUS $ 1395.00

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