Physical Security Fundamentals for Electric Utilities

Physical Security Fundamentals for Electric Utilities

June 16, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Physically protecting the nation’s electric grid and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for the electric power industry. The shear vastness and in some cases the remoteness of the infrastructure requires that utilities prioritize facilities that, if damaged, would have the most severe impacts on reliability and the utilities’ ability to keep the lights on. 

This physical security fundamentals course is beneficial to anyone directly involved with security as well as those on the peripheral that need a better understanding of what is involved with protecting assets.  This course will review preparation, prevention, and resiliency plans, while examining the effectiveness of security measures. Potential impacts to operations and maintenance of infrastructure will be discussed through the developing and implementing of security programs with policies and procedures and the course will end with applicable case studies highlighting successes and what has been learned.  Attendees will leave this course with valuable and applicable information that they can apply to their everyday tasks.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the history of electrical utility security incidents and current and emerging threats
  • Discuss what is needed to know about cybersecurity for physical security
  • Review special considerations for urban and rural substations
  • Expand on standards and guidelines, tiering standards in security, and policies and procedures
  • Review what to avoid in your security program including contractor selection and third-party providers
  • Engage in a discussion on product selection and security system monitoring and maintenance
  • Review of utility case studies


Thursday, June 16, 2022 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Security Overview

  • History of electrical utility security incidents
  • Current and emerging threats
  • Cybersecurity for physical security practitioners
  • Special considerations for urban and rural substations

Program Development

  • Using standards and guidelines
  • How and when to use tiering standards in security
  • How to develop policies and procedures

Program Operation

  • Pitfalls to avoid in your security program
  • Contractor selection and oversight
  • Supplementing in-house security personnel with third-party providers
  • Product selection
  • Security system monitoring and maintenance

Case Studies

  • Review of utility case studies


  • Dan Chapman, CPP, PCI, CFE, Manager Protection Services & Investigations, Xcel Energy

  • Terry Harless, Senior Physical Security Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

  • Landon Jones, CPP, PSP, PCI, Senior Physical Security Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

  • Brock Josephson, PSP, Senior Physical Security Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

  • Peter Nelson, CPD, Physical Security Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Physical Security Fundamentals for Electric Utilities

June 16, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 13, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Transmission Engineer
  • Distribution Engineer
  • Safety Officer
  • Line Engineer
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Operations and Planning Manager
  • Utilities Engineer
  • Executive Director
  • Facilities and Utilities Manager
  • Unit Manager
  • Program Consultant
  • Designer – Electrical Line Engineering
  • Security specialist
  • Utility attorneys