Updates to the NERC CIP Module Accelerate the Assessment Process

About the NERC CIP Standards 

Following the Northeast Blackout of 2003, where over 50 million customers lost power, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) was chosen as the Electricity Reliability Organization, and its voluntary standards became mandatory, adding a suite of cyber standards (later physical) called the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards. NERC is a nonprofit, international regulatory authority that ensures the reliability, risk reduction, and security of the North American Bulk Electric System (BES), which includes the US, Canada, and part of Baja California in Mexico.  

The NERC CIP Standards include thirteen different cyber and physical security standards to which North American BES generators and transmitters must adhere to be compliant. The complete list can be found on the official NERC CIP Standards website. 


Updates in the SecurityGate.io Platform 

SecurityGate.io just released current updates to NERC CIP in the Platform to accelerate the assessment process with more guidance and usability throughout the entire assessment. In addition to the 2022 Revisions, filtering capabilities and comprehensive information provided throughout streamlines the assessment process and cuts back on time. 

When creating the assessment, users now can choose specific “CIP Standards” based on the impact that they want to assess. This new capability allows users to further filter CIP requirements/parts by different impact levels (low, medium, high) of the BES cyber systems.  



With the inclusion of a General Information Tab, comprehensive introductory text supplies context for interpretation of the Violation Severity Levels (VSLs). An Info button was added, which provides robust information such as validation risk factors, time horizons, applicable systems, and measures. A link to the document is also embedded so the user can reference it at any time.  

After completing the assessment questions, the user is equipped with more valuable insights in the dashboard.  

Ready to get started? 

If you are looking for an out-of-the-box, simple NERC CIP assessment tool, book a demo or reach out to our team to get started.  


About SecurityGate.io 

SecurityGate.io is the leading SaaS platform that enables cyber teams to secure the world’s critical infrastructure. With SecurityGate.io’s critical infrastructure expertise, simplified dashboards, and actionable data workflows, asset owners and consultant partners are empowered to collaborate and mature cyber-programs faster and easier than traditional manual methods. 

Taylor Petry

Taylor is on the communications team at SecurityGate.io.

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