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Common Challenges and Outlook for Energy/Utilities

Organizations with elements of the nation’s critical infrastructure face the unique challenge of playing a part in homeland security and protecting themselves against terrorist attacks. The Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7 (HSPD-7) established a national policy for Federal departments and agencies to identify and prioritize critical infrastructure to protect those assets from terrorist attack. One of the first steps taken in reaction to HSPD-7, specific to cyber assets, was the release of the NERC CIP standards to protect the SCADA systems for energy companies. As this focus continues to expand, we expect an increase in the regulations and standards for other critical infrastructure protection Organizations with elements of the nation’s critical infrastructure face the unique challenge of playing a part in homeland security and protecting themselves against terrorist attacks. One of the main focuses of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) – 21 as well as The Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7 (HSPD-7) was a focus on strengthening and maintaining a secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructure. While Critical Infrastructure is defined within 16 Sectors, the main focus and fear has been on the Energy/Utilities Industry. Of the 16 Sectors, five are focused on sectors within this industry. One of the first steps taken in reaction to HSPD-7, specific to cyber assets, was the release of the NERC CIP standards to protect the SCADA systems for energy companies. As this focus continues to expand, we have seen an increased push for regulations and standards with the Release of PPD-21 and the response from NIST. This increased focus will continue as will the stringency of the standards and frameworks focused on securing Critical infrastructure.

How can we help?

With our experience in Energy/Utilities, ADi’s team can provide your organization with a low risk solution to dealing with your critical systems and data. Through our strategic Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with DHS, ADi is working to develop and sustain the trust and sharing of information that is pivotal to enhancing the detection, prevention and mitigation of cyber threats. This is demonstrated through our work with many Energy/Utility organizations in helping them transition from their CurrentState to their ADi.

Applicable Regulations / Standards / Frameworks

         CIP 

         ISO 

         NIST

         SOX

         ES-C2M2

 

 

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