Have You Prepared the Right Evidence for Your Upcoming Audit?

March 14, 2023

Compliance with NERC CIP Reliability standards requires electric utilities to adopt precise procedures and verify their implementation.  Here are ways to help you with preparing the proper documentation, compiling the right evidence and artifacts, along with being more efficient.

Ultimately giving you more confidence going into your upcoming audit.

  1. Develop and maintain robust policies and procedures: Develop a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that meet the NERC CIP requirements, and ensure that they are kept up to date with any changes in the regulations. Make sure your policies and procedures are easily accessible to your team and that they are trained on them.
  2. Conduct regular internal assessments: Conduct regular internal assessments to identify gaps in your compliance program and to address any issues before they become a problem. Ensure that your assessments cover all relevant areas of your compliance program, including physical security, cyber security, and training.
  3. Conduct regular training and awareness programs: Train your employees on the NERC CIP requirements, and conduct regular awareness programs to keep them up to date with any changes in the regulations. Ensure that your employees are aware of the importance of compliance and understand the consequences of non-compliance.
  4. Conduct regular testing and monitoring: Test your compliance program regularly to ensure that it is working effectively and identify any potential vulnerabilities. Monitor your systems and networks for any unusual activity, and respond quickly to any potential threats or incidents.
  5. Document everything: Document all your compliance activities, including policies, procedures, training, assessments, and testing. Keep accurate records and ensure that they are easily accessible in case of an audit.

Audit Evidence Report

NP-View Network Perception can be a valuable tool to help you with your NERC CIP Reliability Standards audit in several ways:

  1. Compliance Assessment: NP-View Network Perception can conduct automated assessments of your compliance with NERC CIP requirements, providing you with a detailed report of your compliance status. This can help you identify any gaps in your compliance program and take corrective action before an audit.
  2. Real-time Monitoring: NP-View Network Perception can continuously monitor your network for any changes or anomalies, including new devices, configuration changes, and potential threats. This real-time monitoring can help you detect and respond to any potential compliance violations quickly.
  3. Evidence Collection: NP-View Network Perception can collect and store audit evidence automatically, including device configurations, change logs, and system logs. This can help you prepare for an audit more efficiently and reduce the time and effort required to collect evidence manually.
  4. Reporting: NP-View Network Perception can generate comprehensive reports on your compliance status, including compliance gaps, evidence collection, and audit trail reports. These reports can help you demonstrate your compliance with NERC CIP requirements to auditors.

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NP-View Network Perception can help you simplify the compliance process, reduce the risk of non-compliance, and prepare for audits more efficiently. It can also provide valuable insights into your network security posture and help you identify potential vulnerabilities before they become a problem.


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