Simulating a crisis to prepare for one: Basin Electric participates in GridEx IV

Basin Electric members and employees, representing various job functions, participated in GridEx IV. The biennial simulation helps the energy industry be prepared for crises like cybersecurity and physical security attacks.

The best way to prepare for a crisis is to simulate one and learn from it.

Every two years, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) sponsors and administers a continent-wide security exercise called GridEx IV. This simulation consists of a massive coordinated cybersecurity and physical security attack that brings down power throughout North America.

Approximately 50 Basin Electric employees and members were among the 6,000 people who participated in GridEx IV Nov. 15-16, 2017.

GridEx is designed to enhance the coordination of cybersecurity 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.

Learn more about GridEx IV and participants’ experiences in the November-December 2017 issue of Basin Today: Coming under attack to prepare for the worst.

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