The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and regional entities created a framework aiming to protect the bulk power systems against cyber security compromises that could lead to operational failures or instability. This is in response to the sector coming under increased cyber-attacks and threats. NERC-CIP version 5 specifically looks to further address cyber-related risks facing this sector by promoting organizations to categorize Bulk Electric Systems (BES) into High, Medium and Low Impact. Once categorized, BES assets can have appropriate Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards applied to begin addressing related risks in the pursuit of compliance.
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