FERC, NERC propose to publicly identify utilities violating cybersecurity standards

by ronfluegge 5. September 2019 10:56

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) are seeking public comment on a joint white paper proposing to publicly identify violators of cybersecurity standards in the bulk electric system.

The white paper, released Aug. 27, proposes that NERC would include a public cover letter with each notice that discloses the name of the violator, the reliability standards violated and the amount of penalties assessed, FERC said in a statement.

The commission said that it has received an unprecedented number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for non-public information for violations of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards since 2018. Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen welcomes the proposed changes as a vocal critic of the current CIP standards, which are intended to encourage self-disclosure.

How can changing your GADS software solutions improve your bottom line?

by ronfluegge 1. September 2019 08:01

 

While it’s never pleasant to find out that your software system is being discontinued, users may find that this change is ultimately beneficial.

Changing software solutions allows a company to take advantage of new technology and, often, solutions that will work out better for them overall.

In the realm of NERC GADS reporting, GADS Open Source is a leading solution that can increase a company’s bottom line through its remarkably easy to use and intuitive interface and wealth of advanced features. Users of soon-to-be discontinued GADS software may find that their plant and headquarters staff spend far less time on GADS data collection tasks and are more productive overall.

Contact us today to find out more about GADS Open Source.

 

Security Patch Support Ends for SQL Server 2008/R2

by ronfluegge 11. July 2019 12:22

July 9 marked the end of "extended support" for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, the last five-year phase of Microsoft's overall 10-year product lifecycle for these products.

The two servers will no longer receive security patches from Microsoft after that date. They'll continue to run, but they're potentially subject to attacks that won't get addressed by Microsoft in the form of patches, unless organizations pay extra.


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