Utilities are gearing up to meet the security requirements laid out in the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Security Compliance Standards: NERC Critical Infrastructure (NERC-CIP) standards and waiting to see how a presidential executive order, also designed at securing bulk power systems (BPS), shakes out.

That's created an opportunity for the Asset to Vendor Network Power Utilities (A2V) to step in to protect the supply chain and help utilities nationwide share critical information on cybersecurity risk. A2V, aiming to be a membership-based forum that facilitates information sharing among utilities and the vendors that serve them, picked up its first new partner – Southern Company – earlier this summer.

“Utilities have a long history of working together to overcome challenges, and securing our mutual supply chain through A2V is just the latest example,” Tom Wilson, vice president and chief information security officer for Southern Company, said at the time. “A2V offers the opportunity for companies to collaborate and help share expertise and best practices.”

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