Encari Announces Complimentary NERC CIP-004 Security Awareness Content for Electric Utilities

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Electric utility companies continue to encounter challenges related to their NERC CIP compliance efforts. To help with these efforts, Encari is offering free help to entities in achieving sustainable compliance with NERC CIP-004, R1. Encari's first webinar will be on July 30, 2009 to demonstrate how their complimentary offering can help meet compliance regulations.

With a total of nine NERC CIP Reliability Standards and more than a total of 150 compliance requirements and sub-requirements, electric utilities are encountering numerous challenges with their current NERC CIP compliance initiatives

Starting July 30, Encari, a leading consulting firm to critical infrastructures, is giving electric utility companies complementary ongoing compliance of NERC CIP-004, R1 through a series of webinars, bulletins and follow-up correspondence and monitoring. The kickoff event of this complimentary service is a free inaugural webinar on the same day at 10:30 a.m. CDT to demonstrate how they will provide these services at no cost to electric utility companies.

Security awareness is among the most vital deterrents to security threats facing electric power market participant organizations, and more broadly to threats facing the entire bulk electric system. Electric power market participant organizations have been working diligently to achieve compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) Reliability Standards. This can be particularly true to the first requirement of the fourth standard, named CIP-004, Personnel and Training. Due to competing NERC CIP compliance priorities and insufficient staff among many electric utility companies, security awareness program initiatives tend to suffer. Encari, recognized as a leader in the NERC CIP compliance consulting industry, is helping electric power market participant organizations focus on other complex aspects of compliance by providing complimentary security awareness content on a recurring basis. This enables electric power market participant organizations to achieve compliance with the first requirement of the NERC CIP Reliability Standard CIP-004, Awareness, with minimal effort.

Beginning on July 30th, Encari will be offering complimentary quarterly security awareness webinars, bi-monthly security awareness bulletins, and periodic e-mail templates for posters, intranet pages, and brochures. At this time, Encari is offering this complimentary service indefinitely. The webinars will address both security best practices and recent incidents and regulatory developments. Interested electric power market participant organizations may register for this inaugural security awareness webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/145199458. Encari encourages electric power market participant organizations to share this press release with as many of its fellow employees, contractors, and peers as possible.

"With a total of nine NERC CIP Reliability Standards and more than a total of 150 compliance requirements and sub-requirements, electric utilities are encountering numerous challenges with their current NERC CIP compliance initiatives," said Steven Hamburg, Encari Co-Founder. "We have been able to amass an extensive repository of security awareness content due to our vast experience in developing, delivering, and maintaining both NERC CIP consulting services and security awareness programs for our clients."

"Developing security awareness content that does not solely attempt to address NERC CIP compliance requirements in a minimalistic fashion requires a unique skill set," said Matthew Luallen, Encari Co-Founder. "Encari is uniquely positioned to not only provide an offering to aid electric power market participants in meeting the objectives of CIP-004, R1, but also to educate all staff through ongoing security awareness on the necessity of sustainable NERC CIP compliance."

Learn more about Encari's free offering by attending its first NERC CIP-004, R1 quarterly security awareness Webinar, which will be provided on Thursday, July 30, 2009, beginning at 10:30 am CDT. Register to attend this inaugural webinar.

About Encari:
Encari provides consulting services to assist owners and managers of critical infrastructure in honoring their commitment to ensure the safety of their workforce, and to help them fulfill their responsibilities to their business partners and consumers. Encari achieves these objectives by protecting the cyber assets that help manage critical infrastructure. For more information, visit Encari's web site.

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