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BRIDGE Energy Group’s 2018 Utility Industry Survey Reveals CIP Compliance, Security Tools, and Compliance Automation Among the Top Skills Gaps

Respondents Reveal that Greatest Impact on Operations is Changing Cybersecurity Landscape

Newton, MA – March 13, 2018BRIDGE Energy Group (BRIDGE), today announced results from the company’s 2018 BRIDGE Index™ Utility Industry Grid Security Survey. Reaching over 20,000 utility executives, managers and engineers in North America, the latest survey reveals that 3 of the top 4 skills gaps are related to security and that 47% of utility companies have major compliance projects planned for the next 24 months — up 28% from last year’s survey. Skills gaps likely to impact project schedules and potentially expose weak spots to be exploited. Download the survey results here:

The annual survey is one of the most trusted industry benchmarks that document how utility companies in North America are addressing many areas that could impact national security. This year, the survey also uncovered that many utilities may be overly reliant on NERC CIP compliance requirements for assessing risk to Real-time Operations. 81% of survey respondents indicated they are not using a complete and reliable method but may think they are.

“As the utility industry extends connection to intelligent electronic devices such as inverters out to the grid edge, the complexities in securing operations from an ever-growing volume of users and devices increases,” said Richard Jones, VP, BRIDGE Energy Group. “To reduce risk, it is important, perhaps even essential that utilities optimize their cybersecurity and CIP compliance operations.”

To discuss BRIDGE Energy Group’s 2018 BRIDGE Index™ Grid Security Survey results contact or download a summary of the results by visiting:

To improve your utility organization’s real-time operations performance, contact BRIDGE at 1.888.351.8999 or via


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