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Black & Veatch, EDS release NERC cyber security compliance services

Black & Veatch and EDS announced today they will collaborate on services for electric energy companies needing to c...


May 16, 2007  


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Black & Veatch and EDS announced today they will collaborate on services for electric energy companies needing to comply with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Cyber Security Standards.

“Electric energy companies face many unique challenges in securing their infrastructure to meet the NERC Cyber Security Standards,” said Stephen Stole, managing director of Black & Vetchs cyber security service.

“A comprehensive cyber security solution requires an expertise and knowledge base that is not traditionally part of the day-to-day operations of a power grid.”

EDS, a global technology services company, will work with Black & Vetch in performing compliance and vulnerability assessment activities and assisting with the design of secure supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions.

According to the two companies, the combined approach leverages the utility domain expertise, network expertise and project management capabilities of Black & Vetch and the information technology infrastructure and network security expertise of EDS.

“Our goal is to provide NERC compliant solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure assets and provide energy clients with an effective information security program for safeguarding the bulk electric grid,” said Dave Gillis, EDS security consultant.

Formed last year and based in Princeton, N.J., NERC oversees eight regional reliability councils and encompasses all of the interconnected power systems in the U.S., Canada and a portion of Baja California in Mexico.

NERCOs major responsibilities include defining standards for power system operation, monitoring and enforcing compliance with those standards, and providing educational and training resources as part of an accreditation program to ensure power system operators remain qualified and proficient. NERC also investigates and analyzes the causes of significant power system disturbances in order to help prevent future events.