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Out With the Old, in With the New - CIP Version 5 on the Horizon



by Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office

April 25, 2013

Previously published on April 23, 2013

Electric utilities and other generation and transmission companies will be subject to new cybersecurity standards under a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC proposed to approve the long-awaited Version 5 of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, which will overhaul the CIP regulatory framework and trigger new and revised compliance obligations for many users, owners and operators of the bulk electric system. While Version 5 establishes “a more robust cyber security posture for the industry,” FERC seeks input on certain ambiguous aspects of Version 5. Industry participants should both start their internal compliance reviews with a view toward meeting the final, approved Version 5 and also consider submitting comments to FERC.


 

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