AUSTIN, TX (Nov. 4) — A free white paper prepared by The Anfield Group provides the electric utility industry with a detailed look at the Top 10 challenges to be overcome to ensure compliance with new mandatory cyber security standards. The new standards, issued by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation at the direction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, require the industry to upgrade their cyber security efforts no later than April 2016. Failure to comply subjects utility companies to the largest fines that can be imposed by the federal government — up to $1 million per day until compliance is achieved.
“The new Version 5 standards have created challenges not only for large utilities that have well-established and compliant cyber security systems in place, they also require some smaller utilities to be compliant for the first time,” said Chris Humphreys, CEO of The Anfield Group, an Austin-based firm widely known within the electric industry for its cyber security knowledge and expertise. “Our new white paper presents the top ten challenges facing the industry with regard to complying with the new standards and offers suggestions on how to successfully meet those challenges.”
The Anfield Group’s white paper, “NERC CIP 5: Top 10 Challenges and Suggested Solutions,” suggests solutions resulting from the firm’s extensive experience in helping utility companies meet and exceed standards currently in place, as well as earlier versions. In addition, three members of the new NERC Alliance Network contributed suggestions on hardware and software that could ensure utilities comply with the new standards.
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