Complex regulatory environments and evolving rules have a material impact on the reliable operation of critical infrastructure. Both also escalate financial risks. We work across multiple industries, agencies and a diverse client base to address both compliance and advocacy needs. We provide a comprehensive viewpoint, supported by our participation with industry rulemaking committees and presentations to regulators.

The post-deregulation regulatory landscape has become increasingly focused on rulemaking, whether at the North American Electric Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Independent System Operators (ISOs) or state utility commissions. Regulations often are redundant, conflicting or overly ambiguous, resulting in greater complexity and cost.

We provide a basis for organizations to operate under best-in-class regulatory risk management programs.

Experience with Regulations Across Industries

Our team includes specialists who can help you manage compliance and security relating to many industries. Among the regulatory initiatives we have addressed:

  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
  • FERC Compliance
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Market Rules for ISOs
  • NERC Operations & Planning Reliability Standards

CIP Standards Compliance

Complying with the CIP standards depends upon careful attention to several aspects of your utility facilities and operations. The latest CIP version 5 standards enumerate extensive cybersecurity definitions and provisions for protecting the integrity and operation of the electrical grid. The CIP-014 standard addresses physical security at the most critical sites, seeking to avoid a crippling attack on the grid.

We bring our multidisciplinary experience to bear on all aspects of compliance, whether physical, electronic or cybersecurity. With a full understanding of the design and operation of electric utility facilities, we help bridge the gap between security, compliance and daily operations.
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Jerome Farquharson, CISSP Practice Manager, Compliance & Infrastructure Protection 314-682-1628
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