Using NISTIR 7628 and NISTIR 7756
While performing in 2011 a smart grid risk assessment in British Columbia, Canada, the three (3) key critical aspects for the grid program were finance, operations and security, safety, & privacy.
A key concern for any utility transforming into a intelligent utility player is how to achieve intelligent / smart grid benefits while avoiding obstacles associated with most capital improvement programs. The obvious utility's customer service benefits that one aims for are widely associated with
Whereas the utility's system operation benefits one aims for are associated with
The most practical and less painless approach is to answer these questions is to leverage not only the artifacts of "Guidance for Smart Grid Cyber Security Vol1-Vol3" (NISTIR 7628) and "CAESARS Framework Extension" (NISTIR 7756) but to perform a comprehensive continuous smart grid risk assessment.
We advocate the use of the smart grid artifacts and uses cases along with analytical methods of optimization to help stakeholders navigate through the ever changing landscapes associated with regulatory organizations and the evolving technology advancements in mobile communications.
It is the comprehensive smart grid risk assessment approach that will allow stakeholders to overcome people, process, and technology milestone delays that impact the smart grid budget and benefits-realization plans. One of the immediate smart grid lessons-learned is that sustainable financial growth rest within continuous operational improvement and not solely on technology identification.
In future blogs, we will discuss our approach and recommendations for real-time continuous monitoring of not only technology environments & facilities but the organizational improvement in their people and processes.