Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses FERC’s rejection of two industry-vetted interpretations of CIP-002 and CIP-006 – finding that they introduce risk to the BPS in contravention to the Federal Power Act. These actions signal an intent to extend the protections afforded digital systems from cyber attack – consistent with the U.S. President’s recent executive order.

Neither of the two orders establishes a time frame for NERC to return an updated interpretation. It is likely this action will be deferred until FERC rules on the CIP version 5 standards – presently awaiting their review.