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FERC Issues Geomagnetic Disturbance Final Rule

FERC has approved reliability requirements to address the impacts of geomagnetic disturbances. The requirements were proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as revisions to NERC’s mandatory and enforceable reliability standards applicable to owners and operators of major electric transmission facilities. FERC determined that NERC’s standard “better...

Cyber security rules needed for pipelines: FERC commissioners

If you have turned on the news or picked up a paper lately, you have probably seen reports that foreign enemies are increasingly launching cyber-attacks on America’s critical infrastructure, including energy facilities. To address these threats, electric grid operators must comply with mandatory standards overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that protect...

FERC Clarifies FAST Act Regulations and Proposes Rules on Geomagnetic Disturbance Events

FERC has clarified its regulations implementing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) related to Critical Energy/Electric Infrastructure Information (CEII). In Order No. 833-A, issued May 17, 2018, FERC clarified that it would consider “public safety benefits” in evaluating a request for CEII, and that its CEII Coordinator may solicit input from affected parties in...

NERC and power company reach settlement on violations of cybersecurity standards

A power company has reached an agreement with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to pay $2.7 million for violations of a cybersecurity reliability standard. This violation resulted from the online exposure of the company’s data due to a vendor’s mishandling of the data, allowing unrestricted third-party access to 30,000 asset records. The violation posed a...

Today’s cybersecurity strategies are “not sufficiently robust or scalable,” Nuclear Threat Initiative says

The cyber threat to nuclear facilities is serious, but the challenge going forward is evident,” Dr. Page Stoutland, NTI vice president of scientific and technicals affairs, said in the post. “Threats and vulnerabilities will continue to mount. Today’s strategy is not sufficiently robust or scalable, and a high level of cybersecurity may never be compatible with current nuclear plant...

Insurers May Not be Able to Avoid Blockchain, Virtual Currencies ‘Sweeping Through Industry’

Virtual currency, such as bitcoin, is an unregulated digital form of currency that can be used as a substitute for legally recognized currency and eliminates the so-called “middle-man,” which includes banks and clearing houses. Learn more.

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