By - Jon Brown

Substation Physical Security Best Practices
July 23-24, 2018 | Chicago, IL

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Overview

Protecting the nation’s electric substations and ensuring a reliable supply of energy are top priorities for the electric power industry. The shear vastness and in some cases, 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. 

EUCI’s physical security best practices conference will review preparation, prevention, resiliency plans for substations and examine the effectiveness of security measures while reviewing the potential impacts to operations and maintenance of these substations. Substation case studies will be reviewed as well as detailed recommendations for the ultimate perimeter protection of substations. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Review the Department of Homeland Security’s keynote remarks on the state of utility security  
  • List the steps to a holistic security approach for unique substations characteristics  
  • Describe some experiences in transitioning to event-based security  
  • Review a comprehensive list of steps for commissioning a security system  
  • Define the aspects of the latest generation of compact radar technology for substations 
  • Engage in a panel discussion on challenges facing substation security 
  • Review Exelon’s efforts and lessons learned on substation security 
  • Discuss and review lessons learned on a utility’s challenges faced in retrofitting existing stations  
  • Describe in detail the benefits to public private relationships in utility security at substations 

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event. 

Agenda

Monday, July 23, 2018 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks 


8:40 – 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Presentation 

Agency Representative, Department of Homeland Security, Officer of Infrastructure Protection  


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Substation Physical Security: A Leading Edge 

Outside traditional fencing and locks, substation security has largely remained an afterthought and unchanged until the introduction of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) in 2009.  CIP brought about a new way to look at substations as did CIP-014 six years later.  Today, we look at all substations as they should be, the leading edge of the utilities in a diverse and ever-changing world vulnerable to a host of risks.  Those same risks however, exist throughout physical security and need to be included in a holistic approach keeping substations’ unique characteristics at the forefront.   

  • A brief history of security vs. compliance at substations 
  • Technology advancement for systems (changes during beginning a program and years later when it might be complete).  
  • Impact of NERC Requirements for Physical Security for Low Impact Substations   
  • Posture of CIP 14 substations, how is the level of security different/CIP 14 Physical Security plans 
  • Security Strategy Development – As our threat environment gets more and more diverse both in actors as well as methods, a well thought out and scalable security strategy is a must 

Blake Beale, Manager, Physical Security Compliance and Security Systems, Xcel Energy 

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break 


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Event-Based Layered Security for Electric Utilities 

Electric utilities today are evolving the way physical security solutions are envisioned, integrated, and used.  This presentation will share experiences with utility industry leaders in transitioning to event-based (not continuous monitoring-based) security using technologies well integrated to provide multiple layers of surveillance in which each layer fills gaps not fully addressed by other layers. 

Mike Stokes, President, Observation Without Limits, LLC

Neil Marbut, Substation Services Manager, Alabama Power Company

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon  


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Substation Physical Security Commissioning

Expectations from security integrators and installation vendors prior to commissioning. Overview of testing system testing and checks in the commissioning process. What to expect post commissioning and lessons learned. 

Tom Positano, Physical Security Systems Analyst, Exelon  


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Compact Radar Solutions for Substation Security Enhancement 

High security applications include layers of protection.  This session will cover applications of the latest generation of compact radar technology to solve security needs for substations. 

Rod Hurley, North American Sales Manager, Fiber SenSys, Inc. 

John Hunsucker, Applications Engineer, SpotterRF

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break  


3:30 – 4:45p.m. :: Panel Discussion on Challenges Facing Substation Security 

Brian P. Kelley, Vice President – Power Delivery Group, Sargent & Lundy

Blake Beale, Manager, Physical Security Compliance and Security Systems, Xcel Energy

Mike Stokes, President, Observation Without Limits, LLC

Tom Positano, Physical Security Systems Analyst, Exelon 

Mark Kirby, Market Manager, Power Utility, Ameristar Perimeter Security


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast 


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Substation Security Best Practices 

Review Exelon’s efforts and lessons learned on substation security. 

  • Security Vulnerability Assessments 
  • Design Approach, Systems Integration, Monitoring, Maintenance 
  • NERC implications (CIP6 and CIP14) 
  • Public private partnerships (Local, State, Infragard, E-ISAC, ECTF, etc.) 

Tom Elward, CPP, Security Specialist, Infrastructure Protection Corporate & Information Security Services, Exelon Corporation 


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: A Utility Case Study on Improving Substation Security

This presentation will discuss, and review lessons learned on a utility’s challenges faced in retrofitting existing stations with security to meet regulations and owner requirements.  

Brian P. Kelley, Vice President – Power Delivery Group, Sargent & Lundy 

Invited Utility Speaker

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break 


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Public Private Partnerships for Enhanced Substation Security

This presentation will discuss in detail the benefits to public private relationships in utility security including security at substations. Some of the agencies and programs discussed with be Infragard, Local and State, E-ISAC, ECTF, and more. 

Agent Representative, Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Tom Elward, CPP, Security Specialist, Infrastructure Protection Corporate & Information Security Services, Exelon Corporation 

12:00 p.m. :: Adjournment  

Speakers

Blake Beale, Manager, Physical Security Compliance and Security Systems, Xcel Energy 

Tom Elward, CPPSecurity Specialist, Infrastructure Protection Corporate & Information Security ServicesExelon Corporation

John Hunsucker, Applications Engineer, SpotterRF

Rod Hurley, North American Sales Manager, Fiber SenSys, Inc. 

Brian P. Kelley, Vice President – Power Delivery Group, Sargent & Lundy 

Tom Positano, Physical Security Systems Analyst, Exelon  

Mike Stokes, President, Observation Without Limits, LLC 

Location

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

To reserve your room, please call 1-312-751-8100
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $189.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 22 – 23, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to June 24, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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