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52 Pa. Code § 101.3. Plan requirements.

§ 101.3. Plan requirements.

 (a)  A jurisdictional utility shall develop and maintain written physical and cyber security, emergency response and business continuity plans.

   (1)  A physical security plan must, at a minimum, include specific features of a mission critical equipment or facility protection program and company procedures to follow based upon changing threat conditions or situations.

   (2)  A cyber security plan must, at a minimum, include:

     (i)   Critical functions requiring automated processing.

     (ii)   Appropriate backup for application software and data. Appropriate backup may include having a separate distinct storage media for data or a different physical location for application software.

     (iii)   Alternative methods for meeting critical functional responsibilities in the absence of information technology capabilities.

     (iv)   A recognition of the critical time period for each information system before the utility could no longer continue to operate.

   (3)  A business continuity plan must, at a minimum, include:

     (i)   Guidance on the system restoration for emergencies, disasters and mobilization.

     (ii)   Establishment of a comprehensive process addressing business recovery, business resumption and contingency planning.

   (4)  An emergency response plan must, at a minimum, include:

     (i)   Identification and assessment of the problem.

     (ii)   Mitigation of the problem in a coordinated, timely and effective manner.

     (iii)   Notification of the appropriate emergency services and emergency preparedness support agencies and organizations.

 (b)  A jurisdictional utility shall review and update these plans annually.

 (c)  A jurisdictional utility shall maintain and implement an annual testing schedule of these plans.

 (d)  A jurisdictional utility shall demonstrate compliance with subsections (a)—(c), through submittal of a Self Certification Form which is available at the Secretary’s Bureau and on the Commission’s website.

 (e)  A plan shall define roles and responsibilities by individual or job function.

 (f)  The responsible entity shall maintain a document defining the action plans and procedures used in subsection (a).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  61.45 (relating to security planning and emergency contact list); and 52 Pa. Code §  101.6 (relating to compliance).

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