NERC Completes Second Grid Security Exercise

More than 200 industry and government organizations participated in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s two-day cyber and physical security exercise, which ended Nov. 14.

NERC designed the exercise, GridEx II, to enhance and improve cyber and physical security resources and practices within the industry. The exercise gave participants the opportunity to check the readiness of their crisis action plans through a simulated security exercise to self assess response and recovery capabilities, and to adjust actions and plans as needed, while communicating with industry and government information sharing organizations.


“Protecting the bulk-power system from security threats and ensuring its resilience are vital to our national security and economic well-being,” said Gerry Cauley, president and chief executive officer at NERC. “Training on physical and cyber attacks on the grid helps industry make the system more secure.”