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Personnel Issues & Training for CIP Compliance

Wednesday Nov 11, 2009 Presented by Energy Central
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Achieving NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance isn't a luxury, it's the law - violations can cost you up to $1 million dollars a day. Are you ready to be CIP compliant? Join Energy Central for the NERC CIP Compliance webcasts, which will provide you with unique insights on how to prepare for your upcoming audit.

This webcast will take a look at CIP-004, with a specific focus on requirements one through three. The webcast features compliance veterans Andrew Bowden of SCANA Services; Ernest Gibbons of SCE&G and Bart Thielbar of Sierra Energy Group.

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Personnel Issues & Training 

Developed in coordination with NERC (view NERC press release*), Energy Central's CIP Compliance webcasts provide unique insights on how to comply with the standards. NERC reviews all content to ensure accurate information is presented.

The fourth webcast, Personnel Issues & Training, you'll hear from industry veterans, Andrew Bowden, Ernest Gibbons and Bart Thielbar, who are seasoned in the compliance process, allowing you to:

Determining the difference between awareness and training and outlining good practices to support both.

How to institute a personnel risk assessment program

How and when to integrate company policy to support standards requirements.

Constructing acceptable audit evidence trails for personnel issues, including proper evaluation and documentation of a risk assessment program.

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Title: Personnel Issues & Training
Cost: $147.00

   Andrew Bowden, Jr. (full bio)
   Director, Information Technology
SCANA Services, Inc.

   Ernest W. Gibbons (full bio)
   Manager, System Control Computer Support
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G)

   Bart Thielbar, CISA (full bio)
   Senior Research Analyst
   Sierra Energy Group 


1. Who needs awareness and training?
2. Difference between awareness and training activities?
- Sample content for training
- Sample content for awareness
- Demonstrating compliance
3. Personnel Risk Assessments
- Who is required to be assessed?
- What is assessed? Required?
- Frequency
- Work with HR, labor lawyers, and
others as state and provincial 
laws vary 
4. Evidence of Compliance
- Sensitive nature of personnel 
records makes most un-viewable
to auditors
- Ways to construct acceptable 
evidence trail for auditors
5. Guest Speaker — Andrew Bowden of SCANA and Ernest Gibbons of SCE&G 

* NERC press release link:

The CIP Compliance
Series of Webcasts

For comprehensive preparation, attend all six. The webcasts in the series include:


9/23/09 Identifying Critical Assets
(On Demand)

10/6/09 Program Governance Issues
(On Demand)

10/21/09 Change Management Systems
(On Demand)

11/11/09 Personnel Issues & Training
(On Demand)

12/2/09 Physical & Electronic Access Controls 

12/16/09 Testing Procedures & Recovery Plans

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Speaker Biographies: Personnel Issues & Training

Andrew Bowden, Jr.
Director, Information Technology
SCANA Services, Inc.
Andrew Bowden, Jr. is a director of information technology for SCANA Services, Inc. Andy began employment with SCANA shortly after graduating from college. He worked for the company for 10 years, left for a few years, and has been back for about 15 years. 

In the past, Andy has worked as a statistical analyst, a utility rate analyst, a research economist, an owner and general manager of manufacturing companies, and a senior marketing analyst. He was team leader of industrial marketing for SCANA before moving to information services and technology (IST). He has managed several different areas of IST, but information security has been one of his areas of responsibility for about the last eight years.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in mathematics and economics from Wake Forest University, and a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of South Carolina.

Ernest W. Gibbons
Manager, System Control Computer Support
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G)
As Manager of System Control Computer Support, Ernest Gibbons is responsible for the Energy Management System (EMS) used by SCE&G for monitoring, controlling, and studying SCE&G's transmission and generation systems. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the EMS as well as for planning and implementation of enhancements and upgrades.

Mr. Gibbons is responsible for compliance with CIP Cyber Security requirements and other regulatory requirements associated with SCE&G's EMS. He is a participant and voting member of the SERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC).

Mr. Gibbons has been with SCE&G for over thirty-one years and has extensive experience with SCADA, AGC, Interchange Scheduling, Energy Accounting, Network Applications and other EMS applications.

Mr. Gibbons holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Bart Thielbar

Senior Research Analyst
Sierra Energy Group 
Bart Thielbar is a senior research analyst for Sierra Energy Group, the research and analysis division of Energy Central. Thielbar is also President of Itility Solutions, LLC, which he founded in early 2009. Itility provides executive advisory and consultative services regarding business process optimization and technology investments, including those related to the Smart Grid. Prior to forming Itility Solutions, LLC, Thielbar held various executive level positions, including serving as the Sr. Vice-President and CIO of NorthWestern Energy. 

Thielbar also is a former chair of the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) and American Gas Association's (AGA) Technology Advisory Council (TAC). He holds his certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

The information from this webcast is provided for informational purposes only. An entity's adherence to the examples contained within this presentation does not constitute compliance with the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program ("CMEP") requirements, NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection ("CIP") Reliability Standards, or any other NERC Reliability Standards or rules. While the information included in this material may provide some of the methodology that NERC has elected to use to assess compliance with the requirements of the Reliability Standard, this material should not be treated as a substitute for the Reliability Standard or viewed as additional Reliability Standard requirements. In all cases, the entity should rely on the language contained in the Reliability Standard itself, and not on the language contained in this presentation, to determine compliance with the CIP Reliability Standards.

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in conjunction with NERC.