On July 27, 2020, an updated mapping (v1.1) of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) was released.
This project was a joint initiative between NERC and CIP to update the previous mapping, which included now-retired CIP Reliability Standards and a previous version of the CSF. The continued effort to maintain an updated mapping of the two standards provides organizations much-needed guidance on the identification and implementation of best practices for cyber asset security and protection. It also allows organizations to communicate to interested parties that their CIP compliance program effectively represents a link to NIST compliance and vice versa. The latter will continue to gain prominence as organizations historically not regulated by NERC will see increased pressure from NERC regulated customers- especially those to which cloud and cybersecurity services are provided- to map their compliance posture to CIP Reliability Standards.
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