WHAT IS GRIDEX II? Why do you care? On November 13-14, 2013, GridEx II will exercise NERC and industry crisis response plans and identify actionable improvement recommendations for plans, security programs, and skills. The scenario will build on lessons learned from GridEx 2011 and include both cybersecurity and physical security components.
GridEx 2013 is an electrical grid joint drill simulation which is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.
What is the point of GridEx II?
To prepare the public for massive power outages.
The GridEx website said this:
The objectives of the NERC Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) series are to exercise the current readiness of participating Electricity Sub-sector entities to respond to a cyber incident and provide input for security program improvements to the bulk power system. GridEx is a biennial international grid security exercise that uses best practices and other contributions from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Who is behind GridEx II?
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation is a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to ensure the reliability of the Bulk-Power System in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long-term reliability; monitors the Bulk-Power System through system awareness; and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel. As the electric reliability organization, NERC is subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is under similar obligations in Canada, as well as a portion of Baja California Norte, Mexico.
What’s so big about a drill like GridEx II?
Nothing, really unless you believe the US government is in the final stages of a master planned take over and purification of America, through Martial Law. Conspiracy theorist believe the US government and FEMA are building up internment camps in readiness for mass hostility, civil unrest and death.
Executive Statement from 2011.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) conducted the first sector-wide grid security exercise, GridEx 2011, on November 16-17, 2011. The exercise was designed to validate the readiness of the Electricity Sub-sector to respond to a cyber incident, strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions, and provide input for internal security program improvements. In advance of exercise execution, a diverse group of industry stakeholders engaged in an eight month planning process to design the exercise construct, craft a relevant scenario, and recruit a representative player set. GridEx 2011 featured a hybrid discussion and operational-based exercise format that combined a geographically distributed environment for operators and a tabletop exercise for executive leadership. A scenario was crafted to fully engage the diverse stakeholder set, promote coordination during the exercise, and highlight urgent cybersecurity issues facing the sector. The scenario featured advanced persistent threat attributes that propagated across the bulk power system (BPS) and eroded trust in critical grid functions.
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