Looking to share critical information on how the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) PKI standards have pushed the power sector to fight cyber-attacks and meet FERC requirements, Lila Kee (GlobalSign's Chief Product Officer) joined this week's episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast. With grid-wide security needed to prevent vulnerabilities that can upend the power systems on which we rely, leaders in the utility sector must lean dutifully on the expertise of the cybersecurity experts such as Lila and the NAESB board.
Having been integral to these industry-wide efforts to promote encryption, data integrity, and authentication for online transactions at the scale the power grid requires, Lila shares with podcast listeners the importance and value of NAESB protocols and explains how and why energy stakeholders should embrace these frameworks and standards. For example, Lila notes:
Well, like the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, CISA, NAESB provides a bit more prescriptive support than, say, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. What's missing in the Cybersecurity Framework is really the how-to element. For example, WEQ-012 standard and the ACA accreditation requirements on PKI provides a very detailed and concrete set of requirements for users, relying parties, as well as the authorized CAs themselves on how they must implement to meet the standard.
Generally speaking, the WEQ-012 PKI standard covers three main parties. The first party are the end users who wish to apply for a digital certificate to be used to authenticate to FERC regulated and non-FERC regulated applications. The next party is the relying parties such as applications on how they must apply access control mechanisms such as checking revocation status, verifying the assurance of the certificate being presented and the validity of the certificate and then, finally, the authorized CAs in terms of accreditation requirements.
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Episode #78: 'How Wholesale Electric Participants Have Adopted North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) PKI to Fight Cyber-Attacks & Stay FERC Compliant' with Lila Kee, GlobalSign Chief Product Officer [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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