Regulatory Expert Certrec Expanded IT Capabilities Helping Customers to Better Manage NERC, FERC, NRC, and Regional Entity Compliance to Their Advantage

Compliance managers see substantial benefits from Certrec’s innovative IT approach through web-based solutions

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We have constantly evolved our infrastructure to keep pace with customer expectations of regulatory data integrity and security. ~Ted Enos, President

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) August 29, 2013

Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance service provider that supports NRC and NERC compliance, announced today the completion of Certrec’s Information Technology (IT) 2013 Security and Reliability Infrastructure Upgrade Project.

“Since the deployment of our first web-based service 15 years ago, we have watched our client’s usage and reliance on web services explode,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “Along with this increase in reliance, the need for, and expectation of, data integrity and security has become of paramount importance to our users.”

“We have constantly evolved our infrastructure over the years to keep pace with these customer expectations,” states Enos. “Recognizing the increased emphasis on cyber security, we developed our 2012-2013 infrastructure/security upgrade plan to elevate our IT services to extremely high levels to ensure we exceeded customer needs and expectations.“

Certrec’s innovative approach to solving regulatory compliance issues includes many web-based tools that:

  •     specifically meet compliance organizations’ need for storage, research, and retrieval of critical compliance information,
  • provides categorized alerts on impactful information, and
  • Deliver daily targeted emails that help alleviate the Too Much Information (TMI) challenges.

Our regulatory compliance professionals work side-by-side with our IT team to ensure our web-based solutions specifically address our customer’s needs, are user friendly, ensuring we provide our clients an effective and highly secure solution.

Certec’s web-based solutions are compatible with the four major web browsers, iOS, and Android mobile systems to help ensure compatibility with a wide variety of user systems. No ‘special’ or licensed software is necessary for the end user to access and use Certrec’s web-based solutions. This ubiquity allows users to leverage Certrec web-based solutions across most devices, most geographies, and most working groups – no matter the browser platform or device operating system.

Certrec strives to provide our clients an extremely high degree of service reliability with the last 18 months in excess of 99.9%. Using a combination of virtual and physical servers, Certrec maintains a high degree of redundancy and diversity in its IT production platform. Certrec performs regular backups on all data and through the ISO certification process has instituted as a comprehensive Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance program.

“Certrec understand the importance of cyber security and information/data integrity and protection,” notes Enos. “That’s why we offer one of the best information security systems available as an ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified organization.”

ISO 27001 certification involves physical and electronic security, personnel, training, procedure controls, data classification and control, and authentication controls. This ensures that comingling of inappropriate data and/or inappropriate data access is prevented – and data integrity assured – through extensive controls as well as constant penetration testing by third party security consultants.

This certification demonstrates Certrec’s continued commitment to information security at every level and helps assure Certrec’s clients that our web-based solutions are certified to be protected by comprehensive information security controls, risk management practices, and the prevention of IT architecture security risks.

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With over 600 cumulative years of direct industry experience (including nuclear, fossil, and renewables), Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) , North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), and Office of New Plant (ONP) services are used by utilities and entities across the United States to help manage the regulatory process to their advantage.

Certrec offers support from highly skilled and experienced industry professionals including degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Nuclear). Additionally Certrec's staff has multiple degreed personnel in physics, communications, a variety of MBAs, and information technology. This highly skilled team of personnel has direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering including nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission.

For over 25 years, Certrec has been utilizing its hundreds of years of industry experience to help clients develop and manage solutions to complex regulatory issues. Combining this direct industry experience with Certrec's Information Technology assets has led to development of technology-based solutions and tools directly targeted to the electric power industry and specifically focused on helping clients manage regulatory issues.


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