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Archer Employee

Hello everybody! March is a notoriously unpredictable weather month here in the midwest. Many times we've been tricked into thinking an early Spring is upon us only to get hit with a frigid snowy blast. However with such a mild winter so far and so many things starting to bloom it's hard not to feel like Spring is here. Plus the honor of receiving the 2016 SC Magazine Excellence Award for "Best Regulatory Compliance Solution" has also put some extra spring in our step!


Just as March brings us closer to Winter's retreat, it also brings us another Archer content library update. The timing seems all the more fitting given the recent move to our new RSA Link Community platform that sprung into action a few weeks ago (ok, last pun I promise). This bundle is a cumulative bundle of Q4-2015 and Q1-2016 items including a much-anticipated NERC-CIP update.


Our NERC-CIP v5 release features a full update to the CIP family of content. This is the first update to take advantage of NERC content restructuring effort we did previously, to create better alignment within Archer and the ability to roll out updates to various NERC requirement families independently and much more efficiently. This latest NERC-CIP update also includes the compliance measurement elements specified in the standard in addition to the base requirements. Please consult the release notes prior to importing this NERC update as it is configured to overwrite the existing version in your libraries.


A number of updates to our FFIEC content set appear this time too. Our previous cumulative update included the latest FFIEC Business Continuity Planning Booklet. This time we're including additional updates to other FFIEC booklets and the addition of new ones not previously available in Archer, such as the E-Banking booklet.


NIST SP 800-82 Revision 2 is also included in this quarterly bundle. This is NIST's latest Special Publication for addressing security in Industrial Control Systems (E.g. SCADA).


Lastly, for existing customers that have previously implemented the Archer UCF (Unified Compliance Framework) solution, we have a full update to those UCF solution content libraries.


Once again the Community update page with release notes can be found here, and the content import packs themselves are obtained from Customer Support. I always highly encourage customers to review the release notes carefully before jumping in.


As always we’re here to answer questions too - whatever you need. And believe it or not it's time to start planning for the 2016 Archer Customer Summit! Check out the registration page​ for more info!