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CIP Core, Inc. is a non-profit Educational Services Provider

CIP Core inc. is dedicated to delivering educational material and services, including but not limited to, online training, educational resources, and other resources to the electric industry in North America for the purposes of improving and protecting the reliability of the Bulk Electric System.

Founders/ Board of Directors

terry_schurter_300x300 Terry Schurter  is the President of CIP Core, Inc. Terry has won awards for controls engineering, software development, and Global Thought Leadership. He served as the Research Director for Process with Bloor Research, and has provided strategic advisement to a range of software clients.

Terry cofounded several startups, including the xFactory (MES) software solution. He developed and delivered process improvement training to companies globally (US, UK, Australia, UAE, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland) and was a Keynote Speaker at Fortune 100 C-level conferences. He has worked with multiple public sector clients.

Terry is a published author/co-author including CIP Low with Karl Perman and Marc Grayson, Protecting Critical Infrastructure with Karl Perman, Customer Expectation Management, The Insiders’ Guide to BPM, Technologies for Government Transformation, and In Search of BPM Excellence. He has over 30 years’ experience managing and implementing solutions for engineering, software, and business problems.

marc_grayson MARC GRAYSON  is President and Founder of Baltira ( an independent, multi-specialty regulatory compliance and security resources firm. He assists utility clients in executing their compliance vision into positive results. Associates of his firm become a member of your team, assisting in new or ongoing compliance activities. Baltira assists Registered Entities on both the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards and Operations & Planning (O&P) standards.

In addition to Baltira, Marc co-founded CIP Core, Inc. and serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Success. Marc is a risk, audit and compliance professional with extensive experience in power, energy, DoD/military and government sectors. Recently as a regulatory compliance manager at the nation’s 3rd largest public power utility, Marc drove NERC CIP V3 to V5 implementation efforts to completion across control centers, transmission stations and generation resources. He achieved “no finding” in prior NERC CIP audits with regional entities and led his organization through a rare FERC audit. Marc brings to CIP Core a personal understanding of the challenges utility customers face, uniquely advocating the “position of the client” in all interactions, ensuring clients ultimately achieve transparent and effective cyber security awareness and regulatory compliance within their organization.

karl-perman-headshot-770x1024 KARL PERMAN  is the Senior Vice President of CIP Core, His responsibilities include strategic direction, organizational development and creation of educational content.

In addition to CIP Core, Karl serves the energy sector as a consultant in the areas of NERC compliance, cyber-security, physical security, reliability, and risk management and as an educator in criminal justice, security and information technology disciplines including service as a faculty member at the University of Phoenix. He has held critical infrastructure protection leadership positions in the energy sector including Exelon Corporation and Southern California Edison. Karl was also the first Director of Security for the North American Transmission Forum and led the security practices group.

Karl served in law enforcement roles at the municipal and federal levels prior to entering the private sector. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Karl has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law and Government from Eastern Michigan University.