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CIP Version 5/6 Compliance – Don’t Forget the Substations

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By Richard Jones

March/April 2016 issue

The Good: A FERC Order providing an extension of time to defer the implementation of the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) version 5/6 Reliability Standards from April 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016.

The Bad: Establishing and maintaining cybersecurity in an industrial setting, such as the substations, is still extremely complex and difficult. The concern is always, “Am I taking the appropriate security measures, is my organization capable of sustaining this level of operations, and ultimately is the money being spent in appropriate places to enhance security?” as opposed to just making sure a utility complies with the literal meaning of the current standards.

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