Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the second of four articles on FERC’s June 27 Technical Conference.  Panel II’s topic was “The Impact of Cloud-Based Services and Virtualization on BES Operations, Planning and Security”. Representatives from FedRAMP, the ISOs, three utilities, and Amazon Web Services responded to six categories of questions posed by FERC on the exodus away from in-house computing networks/data storage and the corresponding impact on BPS cyber security.

After assessing the Technical Conference Panel II discussion, FERC will reconsider their regulatory approach to the use of cloud-based and virtualization services.  Their decisions could affect NERC’s standard’s development activity (Project 2016-02) on the topic.