• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This course introduces the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) concept, Security Threats to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and the Reliability Standards developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). It's a live, 5-day training course that empowers students with knowledge of the "what" and the "how" of the version 5/6 standards.

Modules include information on the role of FERC, NERC, the Regional Entities, the development of the CIP Reliability Standards, and compliance measures.  Learn how NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements address physical security and cybersecurity of the critical electricity infrastructure of North America. This NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) training course is a comprehensive overview of the CIP standards developed by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and will help you to understand the requirements for personnel and training, physical security of Bulk Electric Systems (BES) cybersecurity and information protection.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • define the role of FERC, NERC and Regional Entities;
  • determine the requirements to implement strategies for CIP;
  • understand the background of NERC standards and discuss major revisions;
  • implement best practices for building an effective NERC CIP compliance program;
  • apply CIP requirements to balance cybersecurity benefits and regulatory compliances;
  • evaluate the impact of emerging trends in NERC compliance on the BES cyber systems;
  • explain how violations are determined and identify which standards are the most violated;
  • analyze the audit process and demonstrate strategies for success before, during, and after an audit; and
  • define a culture of compliance and its importance in the compliance monitoring and enforcement process.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Cyber Defense Analysis
  • Cyber Operational Planning
  • Cyber Operations
  • Incident Response
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Management