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On February 27, 2019, the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), a unit of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), announced a partnership with the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to improve security collaboration and information sharing between the two organizations with the goal of securing the nation’s critical electric infrastructure. NERC is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be the nation’s Electric Reliability Organization and is in charge of setting standards for electric transmission reliability and resilience against cyber and physical threats.   NERC compliance is mandatory for entities that serve a qualifying function in the bulk power system. MS-ISAC is a voluntary organization of state, local, tribal and territorial governments that shares information among its members on cyber security threat prevention and response. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides programmatic funding and has designated MS-ISAC as the cybersecurity ISAC for state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) entities. The recently announced partnership with MS-ISAC envisions deepening cooperation between SLTT governmental entities and owners and operators of critical electric infrastructure by, among other things, sharing common threat information and incident responses, jointly analyzing threats, and increasing shared procedures for sharing information and situational awareness.   This partnership will allow industry and government coordination to efficiently recover critical infrastructure in the event of a grid security emergency. The partnership announcement can be accessed here.

For more information on this initiative and other electric reliability matters, please contact Kristen Connolly McCullough, Lisa S. Gast or Sean M. Neal.