Certrec Sponsors at NERC’s 2018 Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon)

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Cybersecurity and physical security continue to grow in importance in successful NERC compliance programs.

“It was exciting to witness the signing of this important agreement. Since many threats are global, this MOU joins the substantial capabilities of these three key entities,” said Bob Biggs.

Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance provider for NERC compliance, participated as a sponsor at the 2018 GridSecCon (Grid Security Conference) in Las Vegas. NERC’s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council hosted the eighth annual GridSecCon, which was held October 16-19. The conference included cybersecurity and physical security experts from industry and government who shared emerging security trends, policy advancements, and insights into the latest strategies and solutions to handle known and potential cyber and physical security threats.

A Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony was an important part of an already impressive conference. This agreement was signed among NERC, the Japan Electricity-ISAC, and the European Energy-ISAC. The entities committed to working together to help prevent cyber-attacks and enhance the cyber security resiliency of electric power systems in Europe, Japan, and North America through information exchanges and other agreed-upon initiatives. Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance supports entities in these efforts, ranging from program reviews to program development and implementation.

“It was exciting to witness the signing of this important agreement. Since many threats are global, this MOU joins the substantial capabilities of these three key entities,” said Bob Biggs, Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance Services Director. “Our clients understand the increasing importance of NERC CIP compliance to harden assets and to protect the electric grid. Protecting Bulk Electric System (BES) Cyber Assets ultimately improves reliability and reduces risk.”

Certrec Corporation has been dedicated exclusively to regulatory compliance since its inception in 1988. We believe our focused approach is the key to our successful client programs as well as our growing NERC practice.

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology-based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With more than 1,000 cumulative staff 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), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other 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 who possess 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 more than 30 years, Certrec has been applying 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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