The NERC-CIP compliance is based on four major continued success objectives: reliability, assurance, risk based approach and continued learning. These objectives are achieved through multiple standards and subsequent requirements set forth by the NERC organization.
Each standard covers basic requirements related to that particular domain of security and reliability of electric operations. For instance, CIP-006-1 standard relates to the physical security requirements. Let’s expand on this further.
According to this standard, NERC-CIP access control compliance should make sure that a robust physical security policy based on 'need-to-know' should be in place. The access should be ID based and properly managed for possible tracking of the same. The critical assets should be properly guarded.
How to Achieve NERC-CIP Physical Security Compliance?
To achieve the NERC-CIP physical security compliance, you should fulfill all 6 main requirements as well as their sub requirements as mentioned in the CIP-006-1 standard. You need to take the corrective measures against any noncompliance that persists in your company. Once, you are done with the requirements, procedures, and documents, you can apply for NERC-CIP physical security compliance check and get your compliance certified by the concerned authorities.
All bulk electric companies commonly referred as bulk power system (BPS) that provide electric power to huge population are required to adhere to NERC-CIP compliance strictly. They are also required to conduct annual audit for the same too.
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