"With the industry experience of ICF International and the proven AssurX NERC compliance software program, this solution could benefit many registered entities."
Morgan Hill, CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2012
ICF International and AssurX, Inc., leading providers of consulting services and technology solutions, today announced a strategic partnership to provide comprehensive outsourced NERC compliance management solutions to the energy and utilities industry.
ICF's industry expertise and regulatory experience combined with AssurX's proven software solution creates an unsurpassed suite of services with the depth and breadth of capabilities to support energy sector clients in achieving their NERC compliance goals and objectives. The combined solution provides NERC (693) and NERC compliance software services, as well as in-house CIP Cyber Security help.
"We are excited to team with the industry's leading NERC compliance software developer to provide companies with a comprehensive set of outsourced NERC compliance management services. By combining the capabilities of AssurX and ICF, we look forward to helping our clients maintain NERC compliance so they can reallocate internal resources to other high value initiatives," said Michael Sanchez, Vice President, Energy Risk and Compliance for ICF International.
Energy companies in today's market face constant challenges in meeting and complying with NERC standards but not all of them have the internal resources to effectively manage NERC compliance, and many have been forced to assign these responsibilities to already heavily burdened employees. This strategic partnership brings together ICF's compliance assessment and advisory services with the AssurX One program to provide complete outsourced compliance management services. Together, ICF and AssurX provide clients with unparalleled expertise, and these services can be provided for about half the total cost of a full time compliance employee.
The combined outsourced solution includes:
Managing Regulatory Compliance and Best Practices (ICF)
- Ongoing reliability compliance assessments
- Monitor standards under development
- Communicate approved changes to standards
- Self-certification management
- Annual NERC awareness training
- Annual management presentation
- Maintain ICP documentation
AssurXOne™ Secure OnDemand Software Solution
- Document management and evidence collection
- Seamless automatic regulatory updates
- PRC and maintenance compliance
- Corrective action process (NERC find, fix, track reporting)
- Built-in metrics and dashboards
- Audit and self-certification management
- No hardware/software to install
- No internal IT support required
- Highly secure data center (SAS 70, Type II Certified)
- Quick software implementation and training
- BES cyber security (CIP) management
"A comprehensive compliance solution is needed for the registered entities that do not have the day-to-day resources to maintain a strong compliance program. There are continual changes within the NERC regulated industry and smaller entities are having trouble keeping up. With the industry experience of ICF International and the proven AssurX NERC compliance software program, this solution could benefit many registered entities." said Trey Kirkpatrick, VP Energy & Utilities Compliance Services
ICF has been a market leader in energy consulting for over 40 years, and currently employs over 4,500 experts. Our NERC Compliance and Electric Reliability Solutions Group has provided NERC compliance services since 2006 to clients in all eight NERC regions. For more information, please visit: http://www.icfi.com/nerc.
AssurX, Inc., provides highly regulated organizations with enterprise quality management and compliance solutions. With a choice of OnDemand (SaaS) or OnPremise (licensed) software delivery options, AssurX’s flexible, all-in-one system automates quality and compliance processes so issues can be centrally managed. It helps collect, organize, analyze and share information to better manage and improve quality and compliance performance everywhere in your enterprise. For more information, please visit: http://www.assurx.com