NERC CIP Training and Expertise

NERC CIP Training and Expertise

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The SANS mission is to provide you with training and testing tools to ensure you meet compliance requirements while changing human behaviors and reducing risk. The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face.

At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in various global organizations, from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. The SANS CIP training courses and products are a great example of this in practice.

SANS is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and certification in the world. It also develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center.


CIP training courses created by the industry, for the industry

The SANS team of CIP practitioners and industry experts invested years to create training courses that meet the specific needs of the electric.

At the heart of our development process is the advisory board. We convened a group of industry authorities to co-create and review the computer-based CIP Cyber Security training material. The board included former Registered Entity Primary Contacts, a former NERC officer, a Co-Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team and a retired NERC auditor.

Visit the CIP training details page for more on what modules are included.

SANS features only the best instructors and curriculum developers in the industry to ensure you are getting the latest and most accurate information.


SANS CIP team leaders include:

Mike Assante

Mike is a recognized industrial control system and energy security expert, Michael has served in leadership positions in government and industry. Mike is currently leading the SANS ICS curriculum and recently held the position of Vice President and Chief Security Officer at NERC and oversaw the implementation of cyber security standards across the North American electric power industry. He also held notable positions at Idaho National Labs, was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power, and served as a US Navy Intelligence Officer.

Ted Gutierrez CISSP, GICSP, and GCIH

Ted is the ICS & NERC CIP Product Manager at the SANS Institute. Ted was formerly the Director of Operations Technology & NERC Compliance at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) where he was responsible for compliance to NERC 693 and CIP standards and the support of the related operations technology systems. Ted has over twenty-five years of experience working in the electric utility, information technology and manufacturing industries.

Tim Conway

Tim is the Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS. Responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS CIP, ICS and SCADA product offerings. Tim was formerly the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) where he was responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Previously, Tim was an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Tim was a former Chair of the RFC CIPC, Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, member of the NESCO advisory board, current Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.