The Reliability Standards set forth by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), cover planning and operational processes and are designed to help bulk power systems achieve operational excellence. Its standards help identify and resolve potentially critical issues before they happen and work to improve the industry as a whole.
NERC operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada and gathers information about security-related threats and incidents, which is then communicated to government authorities. IT security is therefore a key element of NERC compliance, designed to protect the industry’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.
Compliance with NERC standards can be achieved through network security software network security software which is not only user friendly but is regularly updated to include the most secure intelligence and patches available.
Non-compliance can result in the following consequences: theft of sensitive data, severe fines, loss of revenues and trust from the marketplace, financial sector, and general public, in addition to damage to reputation and litigation.
"Having a central place to go to find all security vulnerabilities for devices across the utility spectrum greatly reduces the manual effort involved in meeting the requirement to assess all vulnerabilities & patches within 30 days of release..."
- Lisa Capristo, IT Security & Compliance manager, Tucson Electric Power
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