Updates

September 23, 2020

NATF Posts Revision Process for Supply Chain Criteria and Questionnaire

The NATF has posted the "Revision Process for the Energy Sector Supply Chain Risk Questionnaire and NATF Cyber Security Criteria for Suppliers" for industry use. 

The purpose of this process is to facilitate periodic reviews and modifications of the NATF “Energy Sector Supply Chain Risk Questionnaire” (Questionnaire) and the “NATF Cyber Security Criteria for Suppliers” (Criteria), which were developed for industry-wide use to drive consistency of information obtained from suppliers of bulk power system hardware, software, and services.  

Consistent with the NATF’s open, collaborative, and consensus-based approach, modifications via this process will be made with consideration of input from across industry and will include adding, deleting, or modifying individual questions in the Questionnaire or individual criterion in the Criteria as well as adding, deleting, or modifying mappings to security frameworks (e.g., SOC2, ISO27001, etc.).  

The process is available on the NATF Supply Chain Cyber Security Industry Coordination page. 

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August 14, 2020

Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource Updated to Include Coordination and Support Aspects

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource has been updated to include details on cross-sector coordination, prioritized requests for government support, and misinformation.

The resource—which focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic—was jointly developed by the North American Transmission Forum, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help utilities create, update, or formalize their epidemic/pandemic-response plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 02, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter Posted

The NATF's latest external newsletter, now available on our newsletters page, highlights the following topics:

  • Resource Developed to Help Organizations Update Pandemic Response Plans
  • NATF Continues Monitoring COVID-19 and Implementing Virtual Activities
  • Energy Sector Supply Chain Risk Questionnaire
  • Transmission Resilience Maturity Model (TRMM)
  • Redacted Operating Experience Reports

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June 19, 2020

Testing and Contact Tracing Information Added to Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource has been updated to include more information on testing and an overview of contact tracing.

The resource—which focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic—was jointly developed by the North American Transmission Forum, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help utilities create, update, or formalize their epidemic/pandemic-response plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 18, 2020

NATF Posts Energy Sector Supply Chain Risk Questionnaire

The NATF has posted the "Energy Sector Supply Chain Risk Questionnaire" for industry use. 

This questionnaire, developed by a group of more than 20 U.S. energy companies, is designed to provide utilities with a set of supplier- and equipment-focused questions to obtain better information on a supplier’s security posture. The questionnaire works in conjunction with the "NATF Criteria," and together these complementary tools can help our industry drive convergence on information that is needed from suppliers.

The questionnaire denotes where questions directly align or will provide key supporting information regarding a supplier’s adherence to each of the NATF Criteria, and the information obtained through other questions will provide additional insight. Further, in light of the May 1 Executive Order, both the questionnaire and the NATF Criteria gather information regarding a supplier’s sourcing, activities, and staffing in other countries.

Two versions of the questionnaire are available on the Supply Chain Cyber Security Industry Coordination page of the NATF public website. The first includes a series of macros to provide a self-contained tool that can be used by utilities and suppliers. The second version provides a text-only version for easy incorporation into various toolsets or existing company spreadsheets. 

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May 14, 2020

Resource Developed to Help Organizations Update Pandemic Response Plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for utility planning, operations, and response, prompting organizations to review existing or create epidemic/pandemic-response plans. To assist in these efforts, the North American Transmission Forum, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jointly developed a resource to help utilities create, update, or formalize their plans. 

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic.

News Release | Resource Document

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April 27, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web Page

The NATF has organized information regarding its response to the pandemic on a
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page under the “Industry Initiatives” section of the site.

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April 02, 2020

April 2020 Newsletter Posted

The NATF's latest external newsletter, now available on our newsletters page, highlights the following topics:

  • Coronavirus Planning and Response
  • NATF's 100th Peer Review
  • NATF Begins Pilot Collaborations with NERC, RF, and SERC
  • NATF Leads Industry Coordination and Alignment on Supply Chain Cyber Security
  • Protection System Misoperations Analysis Annual Report
  • NATF and EPRI Team Up for Equipment Reliability
  • Redacted Operating Experience Reports

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March 31, 2020

Coronavirus Planning and Response

At the NATF, our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and members.  To help inform our decisions during this coronavirus pandemic, we have been working closely with our members and tracking updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities.  In response, the NATF has taken specific actions to limit potential exposure for staff and members and has initiated specific coordination and information-sharing mechanisms to assist member planning and response.

Member Support

NATF member companies are evaluating and implementing their pandemic plans and taking actions to limit potential exposure for their employees.  The NATF is facilitating information-exchange mechanisms to assist the membership in this regard, such as the following:

  • Weekly webinars hosted by our System Operations Practices Group
    • Sharing of information, approaches, and practices
    • Topics have included response plans, operator staffing (safety/health, shift rotation, location, etc.), family support, and coordination of field personnel
  • Page on our member site
    • Discussion boards
    • Member practices
    • Resource links

External Coordination

The NATF has been in close contact with industry partners during this time to discuss potential coordination, reduce duplication of effort, and deconflict pandemic-response webinars.

Office and Travel

The NATF office is closed until further notice, and all staff are working from home.  NATF travel is cancelled through at least May 1.

Meeting and Events

We have postponed our near-term events (listed below).  We will work with members and our industry partners to reschedule when appropriate.

  • NATF-EPRI-NERC Transmission Resiliency Summit
  • Peer Review (April)
  • Risk Controls Compliance and Security Workshops
  • Peer Review (May)
  • System Protection Practices Group Workshop
  • Metrics Face-to-Face Meeting
  • NATF-NERC-EPRI Planning and Modeling Workshop

Our regularly scheduled webinars will continue as planned.  The NATF membership is adept at exchanging information and sharing lessons learned during virtual meetings, and these interactions will be even more valuable as we deal with current circumstances.

The NATF will continue to support members and the industry in whatever capacity possible.

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February 03, 2020

NATF Launches Industry Coordination Webpage

Today, the NATF launched the “Supply Chain Cyber Security Industry Coordination” web page under a new “Industry Initiatives” section of the site.  The supply chain cyber security industry coordination page provides information on the collaborative work conducted by NATF subject-matter experts, industry organizations (including trade and forums), key suppliers, and third-party assessors on this important topic.

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January 13, 2020

January 2020 Newsletter Posted

The NATF's latest external newsletter, now available on our newsletters page, highlights the following topics:

  • NATF Marks Tenth Anniversary as an Independent Corporation
  • Cyber Security and Supply Chain Guidance Posted
  • Equipment Problem Coding Document Posted
  • NATF Adds New Equipment-Sharing Program
  • Workshops and Meetings
  • Redacted Operating Experience Reports

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January 01, 2020

NATF Marks Tenth Anniversary as an Independent Corporation

Following the August 2003 blackout that impacted systems in the midwestern and northeastern United States and Ontario, Canada, several major transmission owners and operators met to discuss ways to improve reliability.  Other organizations joined the original group to form the Transmission Owners and Operators Forum within the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to “…improve the reliability and security of the bulk power system by facilitating the pursuit of operational excellence through a forum where transmission owners and operators can identify and exchange information on best practices for reliable operations, evaluate their own performances against those best practices, disseminate lessons learned from disturbances and near misses, and facilitate the utilization of such information in a timely manner, among other things.”

To promote increased candor and opportunities for peer challenge, members decided to become independent from NERC and, on January 1, 2010, began operating as the North American Transmission Forum, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization.  Since 2010, the NATF has grown to over 160 members and affiliate organizations representing about 80% of the transmission circuit miles rated at 200 kV and above in the United States and Canada.

Today, the NATF is a leader in the transmission industry through its programs to enable member collaboration and information sharing for continuous improvement and its work—both independently and through numerous partnerships—to address emerging industry risks and challenges.

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December 20, 2019

Cyber Security and Supply Chain Guidance Posted

The “NATF Transient Cyber Asset Guidance” and “NATF Vendor Remote Access Guidance” documents have been posted to the NATF public website for industry use.  

“NATF Transient Cyber Asset Guidance” describes practices and provides examples of approaches for using transient cyber assets in compliance with CIP-010 R4.  “NATF Vendor Remote Access Guidance” describes practices and provides examples for determining and disabling active vendor remote access sessions, which can serve as considerations and potential approaches for implementing the requirements in CIP-005-6 R2 parts 2.4 and 2.5.

Both documents have been submitted to NERC for consideration as Implementation Guidance as approaches to comply with the related standards.

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December 20, 2019

Equipment Problem Coding Document Posted

The “NATF Equipment Problem Coding Process Reference Document” has been posted to the NATF public website for industry use. 

The document provides a standard framework for coding the nature of field-observed equipment failures and problems of in-service equipment.  Standardized recording of equipment issues enables better analysis and data sharing and maximizes the usefulness of historical data.

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October 22, 2019

NATF Job Opening: Program Manager

The North American Transmission Forum (NATF) has posted an opening for a program manager - practices.

Please see the following link for the job description: Program Manager - Practices

To apply, please send your resume to info@natf.net.

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October 10, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter Posted

The NATF's latest external newsletter, now available on our newsletters page, highlights the following topics:

  • NATF Grid Security Emergency Work
  • NATF Role in Mitigating Supply Chain Cyber Security Risks
  • Workshops and Meetings
  • Redacted Operating Experience Reports

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August 12, 2019

NATF Posts Cyber Security Supply Chain Criteria and Application Guide

The NATF has posted the “NATF Cyber Security Supply Chain Criteria for Suppliers” and “NATF Cyber Security Supply Chain Criteria Application Guide” to its public website for industry use. 

These NATF criteria were developed to support the risk management strategies outlined in the “NATF Cyber Security Supply Chain Risk Management Guidance.”  A suppliers' performance to the NATF criteria is an indication of a supplier's cyber security practices when suppling products or services supporting reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System (BES), and are data inputs into an entity's risk analysis for the supplier.  As outlined in the guidance document, an entity’s cyber security supply chain risk management will support informed purchase decisions from a supply chain cyber security perspective.

The NATF will continue its collaborative efforts to build on the criteria to identify effective and efficient supply chain cyber security solutions.

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July 01, 2019

June 2019 Newsletter Posted

The NATF posted a new issue of its external newsletter on the newsletters page.  Articles include:  

  • NERC Endorses NATF Cyber Security Supply Chain Guidance
  • NATF, NERC, and EPRI Host Joint Modeling and Planning Workshop
  • NATF CEO Participates in UTC Conference and EISC Summit Panels
  • Workshops and Meetings
  • Redacted Operating Experience Reports

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June 24, 2019

NERC Endorses NATF Cyber Security Supply Chain Guidance

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently endorsed the “NATF CIP-013-1 Implementation Guidance” document as “ERO Enterprise-Endorsed Implementation Guidance.”  The document—which describes one way a registered entity could comply with CIP-013-1 Requirement R1 and, subsequently, CIP-013-1 Requirement R2—is posted on the NATF public documents and NERC compliance guidance pages.

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June 20, 2019

NATF, NERC, and EPRI Host Modeling and Planning Workshop

The NATF, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) held a joint workshop focusing on bulk power system (BPS) modeling and planning on June 18-19 in Novi, Michigan.  NATF member ITC Holdings hosted the event, where industry experts discussed the following topics:

  • Modeling and studies of the impacts of distributed energy resources on BPS reliability
  • Modeling and studies of BPS-connected inverter-based resources
  • Electromagnetic transient modeling and studies
  • Node-breaker modeling improvements
  • Cascading analysis techniques and studies
  • Conventional transmission planning study improvements
  • NERC standards updates relevant to transmission planning

Workshop presentation materials are available on the NERC website.

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