The members of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (“SGIP”) are working on standards, policies and guides to help modernize the electric power grid. Last month, the Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee of SGIP released a helpful resource: A straight forward thirty page User’s Guide to help utilities navigate the previous released hefty 597 page Interagency Report

Later this year, NIST expects to release a draft of the Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards (“Framework”) document for a formal 60-day public comment period and the final version of the document is planned for publication in the first half of 2014. However, those attending the SGIP Inaugural Meeting received an advanced

Who knew? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Just in time to commemorate the milestone, this week, the U.S. Department

On February 12, 2012, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636 calling for the development of a voluntary risk-based cybersecurity framework (“Framework”). The National Institute of Standards (“NIST”) is developing the Framework through an open process. Although it will serve as a uniform guide for developing cybersecurity programs, the Framework is expected to evolve with business

For purposes of the Request for Information (“RFI”) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) defines “critical infrastructure” as:

systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) announced the release of Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards 2.0. Framework 2.0 lays out a plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable Smart Grid – a network that will integrate information and communication technologies with the power-delivery infrastructure

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0. Comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern time on November 25, 2011 and should be sent to the Office of the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National

The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation announced that it will hold smart grid hearings on September 8, 2011, from 10 a.m. – noon at 2318 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515. Chaired by Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), this subcommittee has legislative jurisdiction, general oversight and investigative authority on all matters relating to competitiveness, technology, standards and innovation.


Given the importance of cybersecurity to the smart grid and our national security in general, I wanted you to know about the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (“NICE”) Strategic Plan that was released for comment on August 11, 2011, by NIST. The plan, “Building a Digital Nation,” outlines NICE’s mission, vision, goals and objectives. Comments