The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada have approved NERC standards. Entities under NERC’s jurisdiction are the users, owners and operators of the bulk power system. NERC’s major responsibilities include working with all stakeholders to develop standards for power system operation, monitoring and enforcing compliance with those standards, assessing resource adequacy, and providing educational and training resources as part of an accreditation program to ensure power system operators remain qualified and proficient. NERC also investigates and analyzes the causes of significant power system disturbances in order to help prevent future events. The NERC CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection) plan is a set of requirements designed to secure the assets required for operating North America’s bulk electric system. The NERC CIP plan consists of few standards and requirements covering the security of electronic perimeters and the protection of critical cyber assets as well as personnel and training, security management and disaster recovery planning. EventTracker believes that it is crucial to monitor for compliance in a manner as close to real-time as possible.
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