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How to Use NERC CIP: An Overview of the Standards, Their Deployment and How to Use Fortinet Products for Compliance

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT (2020-06-18 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Tim Conway, Peter Newton, Christopher Blauvelt


  • Fortinet, Inc.

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Electric industry operators face a long list of challenges, and complying with various regulations, including NERC CIP, is top of that list. NERC CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection) plan is a set of requirements designed to secure the assets required for operating North America's bulk electric system.

In this webcast and associated paper, SANS Senior Instructors and NERC CIP expert Tim Conway, along with Fortinet representatives Peter Newton and Christopher Blauvelt, will address the various CIP standards, from CIP-005 to CIP-013. Then, the team will talk about requirements and capabilities of security tools to support compliance. Managing a CIP program using some of Fortinets products will be addressed, including interoperability, proving compliance, dealing with the audit and assessing requirements against standards.

Register now and be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper written by Tim Conway. The companion paper, "Implementation Guide for Vendors and Integrators Working in NERC-CIP Environments," is also available.

Speaker Bios

Tim Conway

Tim Conway serves as the Technical Director for ICS and SCADA programs at SANS and is responsible for developing, reviewing and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Recognizing the need for ICS-focused cybersecurity training throughout critical infrastructure environments and an increased need for NERC CIP hands-on training, Tim authored and instructs ICS456: Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection. During his career, Tim has served as the chair of the RFC CIPC, chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.

Peter Newton

Peter Newton is a Senior Director of Products and Solutions at Fortinet, where he oversees the Secure Access, OT and IoT solutions. He brings 20 years of experience with computer networking and security, working at both chip-level and system level solutions for companies including AMD, Netgear, Silver Spring Networks and Fortinet. Prior work experience includes being an officer in the US Navy. 

Christopher Blauvelt

Chris Blauvelt is a Global Enablement Engineer in Operational Technology at Fortinet. He brings more than 10 years of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure experience working in the renewable energy industry. He was directly involved in the development, construction, and operations of wind and solar power plants and their high voltage systems. His work within the energy and utility industry has also afforded him experience in the development and maintenance of substation protection, automation, and control systems.

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