Archive for March, 2010

Power Grid – Interactive Simulation

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Power engineering experts and educators from the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) and the Information Trust Institute (ITI) have developed these interactive lessons for the NSF, DOE, and DHS funded Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power grid (TCIP) project to help teachers and students learn about the system that delivers electricity and the challenges for the future.

This interactive model can help non-techies in understanding the power grid and how Supply Vs Demand works.

You can interact by increasing or decreasing supply from a certain generator or increase the consumption of a residential town and see how this affects the entire system.

The Energy Grid interactive lessons

Power Grid Sims

Power Grid Sims

NERC (CIP) for Nuclear Plants…Coming Soon

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding supplementing a previous MOA signed back in 2007.

This new supplement is set forth to define roles and responsibilities for NERC & NRC as they are expected to work closely in enforcing the relative security standards and guides on Nuclear plants. (Video of the Meeting can be found here)



Summary of the MOA:

-NRC shall inspect digital assets including SCADA systems and networks which affect safety, security and emergency preparedness functions of a nuclear plant to ensure compliance with NRC’s cyber security requirements.(Here)

-NERC shall inspect digital assets related to the continuity of power for compliance with NERC’s CIP standard

-Both NERC and NRC agree on sharing information and to coordinate and consult to the maximum extent practicable

-Each is responsible for the taking the appropriate enforcement action in case of violations to its own standard

-Both have to mutually agree on enforcement actions and public announcements related to incidents/actions violating both standards.

This complements the recent news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the implementation plan for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards compliance by nuclear generator owners and operators in the United States.

As a result, the timeline for achieving compliance with CIP standard has begun. Compliance with two CIP Reliability Standard Requirements, CIP-002-1 Requirements R1 and R2, must be achieved within 12 months.

Compliance with the remaining Requirements is dependent on future developments, but will likely be due within 18 months.


FERC Approves Implementation Plan for CIP Compliance at Nuclear Plants
Regulatory Guide 5.71, “Cyber Security Program for Nuclear Facilities”