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Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for excellence in NERC and Provincial Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, has been providing Audit Preparation and Support Services to multiple clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, with very successful outcomes following their Regional audits.

PCS has become the team of choice for entities of all sizes for both off-site and on-site audits.  During the audit process, PCS supports its clients by participating in pre-audit calls, reviewing and preparing RSAWs and evidence packages, assisting with pre-audit data requests, submitting documents, and reviewing the pre-audit survey, along with other requested tasks.  During the audit week, whether on site or off-site, PCS assists with responses to data requests, prepares SMEs for interviews and participates as an SME during interviews, and assists with other aspects of the audit as they arise.

Collectively, the PCS team has over 300 years of industry experience in literally all aspects of the power system including generator and transmission system operations, technical writing, marketing, and regulatory compliance, all from an industry standpoint.  PCS has managed over 430 projects that have served the compliance needs of more than 130 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, providing a full range of compliance support and program management.  Many clients have been with PCS since the company was formed in 2010 and continue to request services, as well as refer PCS to their colleagues on a regular basis.

Mitchell E. Needham, P.E., PCS Vice President – NERC O&P Consulting Services, shared the following after returning from a client site where he provided audit support:

“As the Regional Auditors were concluding the successful audit, one of the team members came up to me and stated, ‘You all have done a great job with these folks.  We recognize PCS work when we are auditing your clients’ sites.’  It’s great to hear those comments over and over again, because it means not only are we successful in our deliverables to our client, we know we’ve contributed to establishing a culture of compliance for our clients and their SMEs by helping them become more aware of their responsibilities and roles in providing greater reliability to the Bulk Electric System.”

Client success and satisfaction is the top priority of each member of the PCS team.  Providing services that assist clients in accomplishing their goals and maintaining a compliant program is a part of the PCS culture and has served its clients well.

Along with audit preparation and support, PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for its excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, continues to receive appreciation from its clients for their Audit Preparation and Support Services.

Regional Compliance Audits, even for the best prepared organizations, still raises the “beats per minute” of many compliance professional’s hearts, beginning with the audit notice and continuing through the final audit report.  For many clients, enlisting PCS has become an effective way to keep that heartbeat consistent.  PCS has managed over 430 projects that have served the compliance needs of more than 130 industry clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.  These projects have included audit preparation and on-site audit support.  PCS assists with reviewing and preparing RSAWs and evidence packages, assisting with pre-audit data requests and reviewing the pre-audit survey, along with other requested tasks.  While on site, PCS assists with responses to data requests, preparing SMEs for interviews and participating as an SME during interviews, and assisting with other on-site logistics.  PCS has also completed over 60 Mock Audits/Gap Analyses in the last 36 months. Our clients continue to express their appreciation and maintain PCS as their “Go to Provider” for NERC compliance ongoing support.

Call PCS today and ask about Audit Preparation and Audit Support Services.  PCS can provide both a quote and a listing of clients willing to share their experiences. 

Along with audit preparation and support, PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

PCS believes, and has witnessed, that even the most successful NERC Compliance Programs benefit when the Executive Level Managers understand what their team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are faced with in working to meet compliance to the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards.  When evaluating what would most benefit an Executive, the conclusion was to provide a focused update on what NERC CIP means to their organization.

PCS has developed a two-hour executive level CIP briefing designed to inform and update managers who are responsible for compliance within their organization without diving into the weeds where the SMEs are already at work.  The Executive Briefing topics include:

  • Speaker Introductions
  • CIP Standards – How did we get here?
  • Compliance Concepts
  • CIP Reliability Standards Briefing (high level overview with discussion regarding the workload impact)
  • How to Create a Sustainable CIP Compliance Program
  • Q&A

Who Should Attend

  • Executive Level Managers
  • CIP Program Managers

PCS instructors Ryan Carlson, Jared Shakespeare and Carl Bench bring a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering this to your organization.

Ryan Carlson, CISSP, PSP

Vice President – Critical Infrastructure Protection Services: Ryan has over 27 years of experience in Cyber Security, IT project management, network system engineering, and network/server system administration.  His career has been devoted exclusively to assisting clients with their NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance program needs since 2008.  Ryan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, International Relations and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Jared Shakespeare, CISSP, CISA

Director of Cyber Security: Jared was the Director of Compliance at Peak Reliability (Reliability Coordinator function) where he managed compliance for both Operations and Planning (O&P) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) for four years.  Prior to that, he was a CIP Auditor and CIP Audit Team Lead at WECC.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Jared is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM), Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) and Masters Achievement in Business Resilience (MABR).

Carl Bench, CISA, PSP

Senior CIP Consultant: Carl has over 11 years of experience in the electrical industry as an IT Systems Operator, CIP Auditor, and Audit Team Lead.  He was most recently a CIP Auditor and Audit Team Lead at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).  As an Auditor at WECC he gained unique experience in compliance program management and audits.  Carl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management.  He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM), and Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA).

PCS can provide the Executive Briefing to your organization either by Webinar or in person.  For more information and to schedule your Executive Briefing contact PCS today.

PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, is pleased to announce its Standards Compliance Intelligence Portal (SCIP) is providing valuable and essential support to its CIP clients.

PCS CIP staff members have been in the business of CIP program development, implementation, technical procedure writing, staff training, and mock audit/gap analysis projects since the inception of NERC CIP mandatory compliance.  PCS CIP team members fully understand the ramifications of CIP compliance and are working with numerous clients in multiple NERC Regions throughout the U.S. and Canada to implement their CIP programs.  PCS understands the challenges associated with staying on top of the CIP Standards and firmly believes the SCIP application is a vital tool for accomplishing this task.

Ryan Carlson, PCS Vice President - Critical Infrastructure Protection Services had this to say regarding the value of SCIP:

“Keeping up with the rapidly changing world of NERC CIP compliance is a fulltime job.  SCIP is a powerful tool that allows NERC compliance professionals and field personnel to be aware of upcoming changes to CIP Standards or the addition of new CIP Standards and to immediately understand how those changes will impact their organization.  SCIP customizes the information presented in the online portal based on the client’s functional registrations, CIP-002 BCS Impact Levels, and the types of facilities operated.  For example, a client who owns and operates a High-Impact BCS Transmission Control Center would only be presented with information relevant to their NERC functions and BCS Impact Level and would not have to sift through information that only affects Generator Owners or Generator Operators or Low Impact BCS facilities.”

SCIP is NOT a Software Solution, but rather a customized, user friendly, real-time application developed and managed by PCS’ Reliability Compliance Professionals.  Simply log into the web-based portal to view your Entity-specific Reliability Standards Under Development, recently Approved Standards and implementation dates, changes to NERC Rules of Procedure, regional criteria and protocols, industry news, as well as hot topics and other reliability compliance related items.  SCIP addresses the full range of NERC Operations and Planning Standards (O&P), as well as the CIP Standards.

If you and/or your compliance team would like to hear more about SCIP or see a demo, call PCS today and we will get you scheduled!

Along with SCIP, PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs and to request a SCIP Demo, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS), industry recognized for its excellence in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance Consulting Services, currently provides NERC Compliance Program Management Services to multiple entities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This cost-effective solution not only includes a PCS Project Manager, it also brings an entire team of highly qualified industry experts to assist in successfully managing your NERC/Regional compliance program.  Most entities have found these services cost far less than a fully loaded qualified fulltime compliance position.  The services are provided in a collaborative effort with support and cooperation from the entity’s Subject Matter Experts.  This approach is essential and has been proven to be a very successful method for managing a compliance program for entities of all sizes.

PCS compliance program management services may include, but is not limited to, the following as called upon:

  • Internal Compliance Program management
  • Maintaining the PCS ShareFile site for document delivery
  • Tracking and updating of applicable program documents
  • Monthly project matrix updates
  • Self-certification support and submittal
  • Spot check support
  • Periodic data submittal support
  • Mitigation plan support and submittal
  • Annual RSAW review and updating
  • Training and awareness modules
  • Interface with the Regions and NERC
  • Monitoring NERC and Regional reliability compliance developments
  • Participate in applicable NERC and regional conference calls
  • Regional portal support
  • NERC Alerts supportOther support services as reasonably requested

PCS provides a full range of Reliability Standards compliance services.  PCS NERC Compliance Consulting Services has an unsurpassed track record in Regional Audit success.  Whether your need for support is in the area of Operations and Planning Standards or Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for your utility, generation facility, solar facility or wind facility, PCS provides the technical expertise and program management support you desire.  PCS delivers compliance interpretations based on extensive auditing experience, coupled with programs and processes that provide you confidence in the compliance status of your organization.

For information on how PCS can support your organization’s NERC Reliability Standards compliance needs, please contact Dale Zahn at (262) 436-4116 or visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.

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