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Gatekeeper Contract and Vendor Management Glossary

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The NERC CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection) standard is a set of cybersecurity requirements designed to protect the bulk power system in North America. The standard consists of a series of mandatory requirements that apply to entities that own or operate critical infrastructure, including power generators, transmission operators, and distribution providers.

These requirements include:

  1. CIP-002: Critical Cyber Asset Identification
  2. CIP-003: Security Management Controls
  3. CIP-004: Personnel and Training
  4. CIP-005: Electronic Security Perimeter
  5. CIP-006: Physical Security of BES Cyber Systems
  6. CIP-007: System Security Management
  7. CIP-008: Incident Reporting and Response Planning
  8. CIP-009: Recovery Plans for BES Cyber Systems
  9. CIP-010: Configuration Change Management and Vulnerability Assessments

Businesses must undergo regular audits and assessments to demonstrate compliance with the NERC CIP standard. Failure to comply with the standard can result in significant penalties, including fines and regulatory action.