SigmaFlow Releases Video Series on Closed-Loop Controls for NERC CIP & 693 Compliance

The 12-Week Video Series Will Cover the Importance of Closed-Loop Controls for Real-Time Audit Readiness and Reliability Assurance.

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Plano, TX (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

SigmaFlow, a leading provider of compliance process execution solutions, releases a 12-week video series, Closed-Loop Controls for NERC CIP & 693 Compliance. Terry Schurter, vice president of NERC Solutions at SigmaFlow, will discuss the value of Closed-Loop Controls and the built-in validation and feedback loops that detect compliance gaps and issues in real-time.

“One of the biggest challenges facing utilities is the need for Audit Readiness and the implementation of a Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI),” said Schurter. “This video series shows how Controls can be adaptive to drive audit readiness and automate RAI programs.”

Internal Controls are used by Electric Utility organizations to ensure security and compliance and enable organizations to pass compliance audits. However, upcoming versions of NERC standards will have greater emphasis on reliability, an area in which Internal Controls often fall short.

The Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) has an emerging expectation that Electric Utilities will identify potential issues as they arise so they can be assessed and corrected immediately. Closed-Loop Controls meet this expectation by self-monitoring and intelligently adapting based on the information collected.

SigmaFlow’s Compliance Manager for CIP & 693 is built using the Closed-Loop Controls Framework™ to drive proactive compliance assurance. The Closed-Loop Controls Framework™ enforces policies, validates critical compliance data and generates the compliance evidence necessary to ensure that Utilities are in a constant state of audit readiness. The software ensures compliance of Ports and Services, Patches, Security Controls, Local Accounts, Logical Access Rights and Physical Access Rights.

The first four videos in this ongoing series are currently available on the SigmaFlow website (http://www.sigmaflow.com/clc) or the SigmaFlow YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/sigmaflowsoftware), and cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Closed-Loop Controls
  • The RSAW Control
  • The Change Management Control
  • The PRC-005 Control

New videos will be released every Monday until the series is complete. Future video topics include:

  • The Patch Management Control
  • The Compliance Event Control
  • The Logical Access Right Control
  • The Audit Readiness Control
  • The Physical Access Rights Control
  • The Compliance Assurance Control
  • The Ports and Services Control
  • The Information Protection Control
  • The Document Review Control

For more information on SigmaFlow’s Compliance Manager for CIP & 693 or to schedule a product demonstration, visit SigmaFlow’s NERC Compliance Software page. Learn more about Closed-Loop Controls by reading the recent blog article: Controls and NERC Compliance: What You Need to Know.

About SigmaFlow
SigmaFlow is a leading provider of process execution solutions for public utilities and the oil & gas industry. The company’s solution portfolio includes Well Delivery, Compliance Manager for CIP & 693, and Product Management. For more information, visit http://www.sigmaflow.com.


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