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EnerNex has teamed up with EnergySec to offer a "NERC CIP Compliance Bootcamp" program in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 19-20. The event is geared toward electric utility IT, security and compliance professionals, and operations staff.

The first day features an interactive course providing a NERC CIP compliance overview including cybersecurity solutions, audit preparation and methods to help secure the power grid. The second day is focused on CIP-005 and CIP-007, the two most technically oriented of the CIP standards. The requirements of these standards will be covered in depth with detailed technical discussions of tools, techniques and approaches to both improve security and maintain compliance.

"This bootcamp will provide utilities and vendors with a unique perspective of CIP compliance," says Slade Griffin, EnerNex' director of energy systems security. "Having instructors who have worked at utilities as boots on the ground and experience as WECC auditors gives a level of insight and applicability taught from people who have been there."

EnerNex will be hosting the event in the firm's Smart Grid Lab interoperability evaluation facility. The bootcamp is set to include Smart Grid Lab demonstrations covering topics from both the vulnerability and architecture/technology points of view.

The instructors include Steve Parker, president of EnergySec, and Lisa Carrington, a former NERC CIP auditor in the WECC region.


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