FERC Rejects Challenge to CIP Standards June 11, 2020By Rich Heidorn Jr. By Rich Heidorn Jr.FERC rejected a complaint by security gadfly Michael Mabee alleging that NERC’s physical security standard is ineffectual and unenforced. | © ERO Insider Thomas PopikCommissioner McNamee, in a concurring opinion on the Mabee complaint, stated:“Though the Commission’s reasoning in denying the Complaint is correct as a matter of law, I write separately to encourage NERC, regulated entities and the Commission to continually reassess the security of all assets used for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.”“The importance of electricity to the security and safety of the American people cannot be overstated. Virtually every aspect of our lives, our businesses, and our society depend on access to reliable and affordable electricity. Therefore, any realized threat to our electric system can have devastating effects on individuals, families, businesses, the economy and the nation. We know this; so do our adversaries.”“In the summer of 2018, then Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated, referencing the attacks on our country of September 11, 2001, that ‘the warning lights are blinking red again’ and ‘the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.’ We know that this referenced infrastructure includes our bulk power system.”“Physical attacks on electric infrastructure are also a real threat. For example, the event that prompted Reliability Standard CIP-014-2 (Physical Security) was the April 2013 physical attack on the Metcalf substation in San Jose, California.”“The threats to the grid are real and we must remain vigilant. FERC and NERC have been working with industry to establish standards. But standards are only the beginning. In addition to these baseline standards, FERC and NERC must also work collaboratively with industry to establish best practices in addressing these threats.”June 11, 2020 |Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.