FERC Approves NERC’s Motion to Defer Implementation of Seven Reliability Standards Due to COVID-19

by ronfluegge 11. May 2020 08:52

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NERC is pleased that FERC has approved its April 6 motion to defer the implementation of several Reliability Standards that have effective dates or phased-in implementation dates in the second half of 2020. This action is a measure to help assure grid reliability amid the impacts posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, NERC requested that FERC defer the implementation of the following Reliability Standards:

  • CIP-005-6 – Cyber Security – Electronic Security Perimeter(s), by three months;
  • CIP-010-3 – Cyber Security – Configuration Change Management and Vulnerability Assessments, by three months;
  • CIP-013-1 – Cyber Security – Supply Chain Risk Management, by three months;
  • PER-006-1 – Specific Training for Personnel, by six months;
  • PRC-002-2 – Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements (phased-in implementation for Requirements R2-R4 and R6-R11), by six months;
  • PRC-025-2 – Generator Relay Loadability (phased-in implementation for Requirement R1, Attachment 1, Table 1 Relay Loadability Evaluation Criteria Options 5b, 14b, 15b, 16b), by six months; and
  • PRC-027-1 – Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance During Faults, by six months.

While this motion addresses only those Reliability Standards scheduled to become effective during the remainder of 2020, NERC recognizes that there are significant uncertainties regarding the duration of the outbreak and the subsequent recovery. As such, NERC will continue to evaluate the circumstances to determine whether additional implementation delays may be warranted and submit any appropriate filings with FERC at that time. 




Recent Project actions in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

by ronfluegge 23. March 2020 16:19

Our priorities are the health and safety of our employees. We continue to take necessary precautions to reduce possible risks from COVID-19.

The GADS Open Source Project remains fully operational.

We will continue to monitor information from the state of Texas and federal governments and work closely with state and local health department officials as the situation evolves in the days and weeks ahead.

We have taken the following actions to maintain critical business operations and protect the health and well-being of our employees.

  • We have implemented a work-from-home schedule to reduce employee exposure to the virus while maintaining business operations.
  • User support meetings will be conducted via teleconference for the foreseeable future.
  • Internal meetings will be conducted via teleconference, and in-person meetings reduced to essential only and will follow social distancing protocols.
  • All business travel has been suspended.
  • Outside visitors are restricted to those critical to ensuring business continuity.
  • Individual employee health is being monitored on a daily basis.
  • Additional protocols for office sanitation, social distancing, hand washing and other CDC protocols are being followed.



Microsoft Warns Customers of DoppelPaymer Ransomware Threat

by ronfluegge 22. November 2019 09:54

Microsoft lists the following measure customers should take to block ransomware attacks and prevent data loss:

  • Keep your Windows Operating System and antivirus up-to-date. Upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Regularly back-up your files in an external hard-drive.
  • Enable file history or system protection. In your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 devices, you must have your file history enabled and you have to setup a drive for file history.
  • Use OneDrive for Consumer or for Business.
  • Beware of phishing emails, spams, and clicking malicious attachment.
  • Use Microsoft Edge to get SmartScreen protection. It will prevent you from browsing sites that are known to be hosting exploits, and protect you from socially-engineered attacks such as phishing and malware downloads.
  • Disable the loading of macros in your Office programs.
  • Disable your Remote Desktop feature whenever possible.
  • Use two factor authentication.
  • Use a safe and password-protected internet connection.
  • Avoid browsing web sites that are known for being malware breeding grounds (illegal download sites, porn sites, etc.).

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