NERC CIP Compliance

Substation Security: VA Support for NERC CIP

Virtual Access’ cyber-security capabilities help power utilities to comply with North American Electric Reliability Corporation reliability standards for critical infrastructures. Commonly known as NERC-CIPv5 Standards, the NERC’s compliance program is a set of requirements designed to improve the reliability of North America’s bulk power system by imposing standards covering the security of electronic perimeters and the protection of critical cyber assets, security management, disaster recovery planning as well as personnel and training. NERC standards are designed to ensure correct practices are set up and implemented so the chances and severity of possible future disturbances are greatly reduced.

NERC CIP Version 5 Compliance Mapping
The table in our pdf download shows a mapping of Virtual Access’ industrial routers features to NERC CIP 5 standards CIP-005-5 and CIP-007-5. The wide range of Virtual Access routers, combined with the embedded Activator and Monitor deployment and management system, ensures lifecycle security and compliance readiness.

CIP-005-5 Electronic Security Perimeter(s)
The purpose of CIP-005-5 (electronic security perimeters) is to manage electronic access to BES cyber systems by specifying a controlled Electronic Security Perimeter. Methods and evidences for ensuing compliance include documented processes and measures that address the requirement.

CIP-007-5 System Security
The focus of CIP-007-5 (system security management) is on port control and access, patch management, malicious code detection and prevention, incident log capabilities, and access controls.

NERC CIP Compliance

  • NERC CIPv5 standards
  • CIP-005-5 & CIP00705
  • Lifecycle security
  • Electronic security perimeter
  • System security management


Key Benefits

  • Substation-hardened. IP-rated rugged device
  • Complies to NERC CIP-005-5 & CIP-007-5
  • Includes mini RTU with SCADA protocol conversion
  • IEC 101, IEC 104, IEC 61850, DNP3, Modbus
  • Last GASP power with power failure message
  • High isolation options on the PSU and interfaces
  • Vibration and mechanical to EN standards
  • Resilient communication paths
  • Scalable to tens of thousands of devices
  • Outdoor enclosures for wired or wireless routers
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