What Is NERC CIP Compliance?

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The continual news of state-sponsored hackers attacking U.S. infrastructure has led the general public to better understand that digital security is a critical part of our overall national security. Digital systems aren’t isolated to high-tech companies–instead, cybersecurity touches on almost every aspect of our lives, particularly energy and utility management.

The U.S. government was already ahead of this curve and, starting in the 1990s, began implementing government regulations (in partnership with private companies) to protect the country’s electrical infrastructure. This led to the North America Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) requirements. 

 

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Zero Trust and the New National Strategy for Cybersecurity

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January 26, 2022–The White House is expected to release a new strategy related to cybersecurity to address modern threats and vulnerabilities. Stemming from Executive Order 14028 on Improving National Cybersecurity, this strategy is expected to implement new standards and requirements for federal agencies built around the concept of zero-trust security.

What is zero trust, and how does it shape cyber defense? It will be the new paradigm around which IT, cloud systems, and information governance will revolve for government agencies. 

 

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The Glupteba Botnet: Threats to Businesses and Consumers

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December 7, 2021–the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) announced that it has identified and temporarily disrupted the Glupteba botnet responsible for infecting an estimated 1 million computers and IoT devices.

This temporary disruption seems to have slightly impacted the botnet’s operation, but currently, the network is still operational. 

Many of us may hear about botnets in the news or our compliance meetings… but what is a botnet? Here, we will cover the topic briefly and discuss the implications of Google’s move against this particular threat actor. 

 

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