PJM, along with several member companies, participated in a nationwide security drill held November 18-19 for the electricity industry. GridEx III was led by the North American Reliability Corporation. NERC reports 350 organizations participated overall.
This is the third exercise in the past four years conducted to “enhance the coordination of cyber and physical security resources and practices within the industry, as well as communication with government partners and other stakeholders, including those in Canada and Mexico,” according to NERC.
The scenario simulated a series of cyber and physical attacks against automated systems and key transmission and generation facilities. The simulated attacks prompted PJM and utilities to enact their crisis response and recovery plans and walk through internal security procedures.
PJM activated internal crisis response teams who monitored events, participated in conference calls, logged simulated activities and communicated with participating members companies.
Among the nationwide participants were the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the FBI, as well as state and provincial governments in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
NERC will release a report on findings and recommendations of GridEx III in the first quarter of 2016 and posted to NERC’s website.