Cybersecurity threats are an unfortunate reality for all business sectors, including utility companies. It is important for cooperatives to understand their cybersecurity posture and continually work toward improvements. NRECA offers resources to help cooperatives do a self-assessment and gain valuable insights to use in developing an action plan.

Evolution of NRECA's Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Toolkits

NRECA's cybersecurity resources have developed over time to address our changing industry and to incorporate new guidance and cybersecurity practices from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


The purpose of the 2014 RMG is to provide electric cooperatives with guidance to improve their general security posture, as well as specific guidance to integrate cybersecurity practices into the aquisition, integration, deployment, and maintenance of smart grid components and technologies. The focus is on cybersecurity controls that a cooperative can implement to meet the security challenges introduced by the smart grid. The intended primary users of the RMG are electric cooperatives' information technology (IT) staff and leadership teams.

NEW Cybersecurity Self-Assessment DIY Toolkit (2018)

Developed through NRECA's Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities (RC3) program, the RC3 Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Toolkit is intended to be a starting point for cooperatives that are in the beginning or early stages of developing a cybersecurity program.

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