New Delhi; 18 October, 2021: The Central Government has finally formulated guidelines for prevention of cyber attacks in the power stations of the nation. The Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid) Amendment Regulations, have framed a couple of guidelines that are to be followed by all the power utility sectors of the country in order to keep themselves within the cyber security ecosystem.
This set of guidelines clearly states and specifies the activity that has to be carried out to ensure cyber security preparation across the utility sectors. As per the announcement, extensive discussions were conducted with the stakeholders and the experts like CERT-In, IIT Kanpur, NSCS and NCIIPC to bring all the inputs into a common ground for the cyber security framework.
This complete process is believed to establish an assured cyber framework, enhance regulatory framework, manage vulnerability, push methods of early warning threats, secure remote operation and services, etc.
These guidelines are to be followed by all the established bodies of the power supply system in India like System Integrators, Equipment Manufacturers, Vendors, Service Providers, etc. It is believed that this would encourage the growth of cyber security research and establish cyber security testing centres in both commercial and public sectors of the nation.
The guidelines consist of several articles:
The guideline is downloadable from the website of CEA for downloading: https://cea.nic.in/wp-content/uploads/notification/2021/10/Guidelines_on_Cyber_Security_in_Power_Sector_2021-2.pdf.