Power Utilities and their Vendors
Share Many of the Same Challenges
- Cybersecurity Threats
- Compliance with NERC CIP standards
- Limited Resources
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A2V is a network of power utilities who benefit from:
- Shared costs of vendor risk assessments
- Cyber asset vulnerability patches
- Solutions to reduce duplication
- Compliance requirements
Utility determines the right level of assessment – for the vendor and the product.
A2V offers risk ranking analytics.
Utility submits the list of vendors requiring assessments.
Assessment availability and “Scheduled” or “Not Scheduled” status is appended with respective dates.
The utility selects assessments for purchase, whether it be an existing assessment or requirement to master a new one.
Consent to share assessments is obtained by A2V vendors.
For new assessments, A2V works with vendors to complete.
New assessments (Masters) generate credits
Completed assessments are uploaded into the utility’s instance of the Fortress Platform, the A2V compliance system.
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A2V is aligned to industry guidance for risk identification and assessment methodologies, especially to CIP-013-1.
Why vendor assessments?
NATF points out that “the ERO has endorsed the practice of a Responsible Entity obtaining an independent assessment of the vendor’s production of BES Cyber Systems and/or related services as a means of complying with CIP-013-1.” NATF suggests:
- Asking vendors to provide independent assessments.
- Evaluating the auditor’s qualifications and cyber security framework used to perform the assessment.
- Evaluating the scope and results of the assessment.
- Documenting the process, conclusions and mitigating actions.
A2V is committed to helping American Electric Power and other leading utilities
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