• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) NERC training course will teach you 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.


The Atlanta-based nonprofit North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) was formed in 2006 to address power grid security issues as well as develop standards for power system operation, assess resource adequacy and provide educational and training resources.NERC oversees eight regional reliability entities and encompasses all of the interconnected power systems of the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico. NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) plan was originally approved in 2008 as a set of requirements that relate to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the critical infrastructure of a region or nation.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) in the context of NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation).
  • Identify key components of critical infrastructure within the energy sector.
  • Examine the regulatory framework established by NERC for ensuring the reliability and security of the electric grid.
  • Explore the various threats and vulnerabilities facing critical infrastructure and the electric grid.
  • Learn the principles of risk assessment and risk management specific to CIP in the energy industry.
  • Gain knowledge of NERC CIP standards and compliance requirements.
  • Develop skills in implementing security measures to protect critical infrastructure assets.
  • Understand the role of cybersecurity in CIP and its application in safeguarding energy infrastructure.
  • Explore incident response and recovery strategies for CIP incidents within the electric sector.
  • Learn about the importance of collaboration and information sharing in enhancing CIP across organizations.

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

  • Systems Analysis
  • Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support
  • Cyber Defense Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Architecture