NERC proposal targets cybersecurity risks in electric system supply chain

From: UtilityDIVE

Dive Brief:
  • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has proposed new reliability standards aimed at shoring up the vendor supply chain that delivers software and critical updates to manage the country’s bulk electric supply (BES) system.
  • Specifically, the new standards require entities to develop and implement plans to address supply chain cybersecurity risks during the planning and procurement of bulk electric grid security systems.
  • The standards, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will address concerns that supply chains for information and communications technology and industrial control systems present risks to grid security, providing opportunities for cyberattacks.
Dive Insight:

NERC on Tuesday filed with federal regulators a petition stretching almost 3,500 pages, proposing new cybersecurity standards that aim to address the increasingly-sophisticated attacks on the nation’s bulk power system.

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