Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Third Edition of API Standard 1164, which significantly expands the scope of the Second Edition to cover all oil and natural (ONG) gas pipeline control system cybersecurity instead of solely SCADA systems.  The API creates a voluntary security structure derived from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) with a distinct NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) influence

Although the Third Edition of API Standard 1164 does not directly affect NERC entities, it reinforces the key inter-reliance between the two industries.  Severe penalties may result if you manage to pass on a computer virus to a pipeline provider in the normal course of business.