New alliance works to improve the cybersecurity of the U.S. electric grid


Earl Shockley

August 17, 2021

Press Release

The new partnership of these two strong, highly-experienced industrial cybersecurity consulting firms will give more critical infrastructure organizations the opportunity to improve their levels of NERC CIP and Operations and Planning (O&P) standards compliance at the same time.

"We show you how to navigate, interpret, and apply the regulations with the least amount of operational impact, budget impact, and resource impact," said Patrick C. Miller, CEO of Ampere Industrial Security. "At the end of the day, the lights will stay on and the organizations will be more resilient, more compliant, and more secure.”

“A cyber-attack of great consequence on the U.S. power grid would shatter the ideal cybersecurity framework of private-sector accountability for maintaining security of the energy sector critical infrastructure," said Earl Shockley, president of INPOWERD. "By combining the talents and experience of INPOWERD and Ampere, we bring to the client a tighter integration of operational and security knowledge that supports reliability and security.”

Both Shockley and Miller are former utility staff and former regulators who helped build the compliance and enforcement programs during the startup of the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO). They have led or participated in approximately 300 NERC CIP and O&P compliance audits and investigations, at the NERC, Regional and Registered Entity levels.

“Our mission is to create a greater aptitude for solving complex business problems for our clients. Patrick and I believe our extensive combined experience at the regulatory level, industry level and the consulting level amplifies our firm’s ability to provide clients integrated diversity around problem solving," said Shockley.

"Both Earl and I have a similar philosophy. You have to design the compliance to fit around --- and the controls to fit within --- the existing operational process," said Miller. "It makes life easier for the utility staff, the operations professionals, the security professionals, as well as the compliance executives trying to manage this. Then the executives and shareholders of the company can rest a little bit easier as well.”

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Earl Shockley

Earl Shockley

President and Founder of INPOWERD

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Earl is a former senior executive with NERC. He is the developer of “Intelligent Empowerment” principles and a Cultural Maturity Scale (CMS) system/framework that aligns people, processes and management practices to maximize organizational potential and better achieve strategic objectives. At NERC, Earl was instrumental in NERC’s shift from a “zero defect” compliance and enforcement approach to one that focuses on an organizations inherent risk and ability to manage reliability risk with internal control systems. Public speaker and expert witness on complex issues involving regulatory compliance, organizational culture change, risk management, internal risk control systems, and event causal analysis.

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