WASHINGTON (CN) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved reliability standards for the identification of “critical cyber assets” proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
The new standards replace a risk-based assessment methodology with “bright line” criteria for identifying cyber assets critical to the operation of the nation’s bulk-power system.
The criteria serve as a check list to determine if a particular assets falls within the cyber security requirements set by the commission. For example, cyber connected equipment is considered critical if its loss would, within 15 minutes, adversely impact reliable operation of a 1500 megawatt generation facility.
The new criteria are effective June 25.
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