Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two NERC Lessons Learned providing “teachable moments” where a flaw in a cyber security program left a Bulk Electric System Facility exposed to a reliability threat. Both documents urge entities to look for procedural, training, and system-based solutions addressing cyber security breaches that may threaten BES reliability.

Cyber security is one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. Severe penalties may be levied if an electric system outage occurs, and it is found that an BES Cyber System owner or operator did not act upon these Lessons Learned.