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FAQ's - How to Improve Security and Reduce NERC CIP Compliance Costs Using Smart Identification

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In a recent Energy Central PowerSession - How to Improve Security and Reduce NERC CIP Compliance Costs Using Smart Identification we discussed the following: 

  • How PIV cards can enable utilities to better secure their physical and cyber-assets by controlling access to buildings and networks, as well as rendering passwords obsolete;
  • How PIV cards can aid disaster-recovery efforts;
  • How PIV cards can help utilities keep employee risk-assessments and training up to date;
  • How PIV cards can be used to meet specific NERC CIP compliance standards.

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During the session. we had so many questions, that we were not able to address all of them live. So, we compiled this report with some FAQ's that should address many of the questions along with others that are commonly asked. 

PS: If you missed this session, you can still access the on-demand recording here

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Matt Chester on Jun 8, 2021

Great resource, thanks for sharing Danny. One additional question: how quickly is this technology changing/improving? I'm curious how long the understanding of the PIV cards today will be applicable moving forward-- are they more or less at maturity and we can expect them to stick around in their current form for years to come? 

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Danny Vital on Jun 9, 2021

The PIV card technology has been keeping up with the times. A more recent development in the standard was the creation of a derived credential. With this credential card holders are capable of keeping the same level of assurance across their devices including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. During the transition to the remote workforce last year this was a huge benefit for our customers. The technology has been evolving to meet Identity Management needs as they arise. 

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