Connectivity in a Critical Protection (CIP) World

Increasingly, monitoring and decisions are made thousands of miles away in remote or centralized monitoring centers. How do you securely connect all of these end-points?

Energy and process industries must continue to operate profitably while meeting the challenges of ever-increasing physical and cyber security needs.

This paper focuses on the best practices embodied in NERC cyber security regulations with respect to the implementation of data connectivity between remote industrial and generating assets, SCADA, ERP, data historians, EMS, work order systems, predictive diagnostic systems, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), asset monitoring centers, and other applications.

Although compliance with NERC may not be required outside of the electric power industry in North America, the power industry in other geographic regions as well as other asset and process-intensive industries everywhere can benefit from the best practices discussed in this paper.

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