Complete NERC CIP Training & Course
Learn about the NERC CIP reliability standards, and how they help protect BES cyber assets with our NERC CIP training.
What is NERC CIP Cyber Security Training
The online NERC CIP training will acquaint you with the best practices shared under the NERC CIP reliability standards. Your compliance with these standards is extremely important. Your compliance helps protect your bulk electric systems from cybersecurity threats.
This training is based upon the NERC standard CIP-004 for personal and training. This standard defines what you need to be trained upon. Thus, as you go through the NERC CIP training; first, you’ll learn about the NERC CIP standards. Then, we’ll look at various NERC requirements, such as cybersecurity policies, physical and electronic access controls, and the visitor control program.
You’ll learn about some rules for handling BES cyber system information and its storage. Next, we’ll share a few tips on identifying a cybersecurity incident, how you should respond to it, and recovery plans for BES cyber assets.
|Course Name||NERC CIP Cyber Security Training|
|Course Type||Interactive online training|
|Format||LM-light, SCORM 1.2|
|Supported Devices||Desktop/Laptop, Tablet, Phone|
|Last Updated||June 30, 2021|
What you’ll learn
- NERC CIP Reliability Standards
- Physical and electronic access control to prevent NERC Violations and protect BES cyber assets
- How to handle and control information properly
- “Rules of behavior” unique to accessing, operating, changing, and maintaining BES Cyber assets
- NERC CIP training requirements
- Key terms you need to know about under NERC
- NERC CIP Standards
- Cybersecurity policies you need to follow
- Physical Access Controls
- Electronic Access Controls
- Visitor Control program
- Handling of BES cyber system and its storage
- Identification of a Cyber Security Incident
- Recovery plans for BES Cyber Systems
- Response to Cyber Security Incidents
- Risks of inter-connectivity and interoperability
- Information protection and BCSI
- Change control and configuration management
Who Should Attend?
- Users, operators, and owners of bulk power systems in the United states, Canada and Mexico.
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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP-004 specifies that all covered entities need to develop a training program for the workforce. As per the standard, all personnel must take the NERC CIP training before accessing BES cyber assets. Unless trained, no person should be allowed to access the assets without an escort.
The training needs to cover at least nine specific topics, including cyber security policies, access controls, visitor programs, how to handle BES CSI, recovery plans, and response to cyber incidents.
In addition, the training should be updated regularly to account for significant process or technology changes.
The cost of your NERC CIP training depends upon the vendor that you select. These training programs are designed to meet the cybersecurity needs of the highly regulated US electrical utility industry. The cost of the training also depends on whether you are attending an online or an in person training.
The highly evolving US electrical utility industry requires a close monitoring of Bulk Electrical systems. This becomes critical in case of assets that are connected with IT infrastructure. The NERC CIP standards are designed to address this risk and prevent any interruptions to the BES assets.
All the stakeholders in the North American bulk electric systems need to comply with the best practices recommended under the NERC CIP standards. There are 12 such standards. These standards range from categorization of the BES cyber systems to ensuring physical security of the assets.
The NERC CIP v5 was ratified in 2013. As of today, there are 12 NERC standards that you need to comply with. That apart, early this year, FERC issued a final rule asking NERC to look at the existing standards. In addition, NERC CIP-003-9 was issued in March 2023. These measures will supersede the earlier NERC CIP-003-8 standards.