By - Danielle Duignan

Substation Physical Security Best Practices
October 3-4, 2016 | 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.  In addition, identifying the newest technologies for the detection and assessment of threats while reviewing plans for the hardening of equipment will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss gaining an understanding of technology integration and the significant value of a company security culture
  • Engage in a discussion on how CIP regulations have required utilities to take a second look at their security plans
  • Review a service organized by six utilities and energy companies and how it can help transmission owners recover from catastrophic events
  • Discuss a five step program to significantly reduce the risk and rapidly repair/replace transformers to mitigate the impact on a system
  • Review how to develop standards for perimeter hardening considering all components
  • Take a look at the delicate balance between costs, threats, and viable project solutions that each utility must face and develop in order to satisfy all stakeholders in substation security
  • Engage in a panel discussion on substation security best practices
  • Review the efforts and lessons learned related on substation security hardening from a security systems perspective
  • Discuss how changing the physical security at a substation affected the operations and maintenance crews as well as overall security operations
  • Engage in a panel discussion on electronic detection and assessment devices, as well as the hardening of perimeter and equipment

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 the conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

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, October 3, 2016

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

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Welcome Remarks

8:40 – 9:30 a.m.  :: Physical Security of the Grid

Discussion of an implementation of physical security for the grid, from its origins to actively managing threats and adapting to a broader energy sector security landscape.  The session will allow you to gain an understanding of technology integration and the significant value of a company security culture. In addition you will recognize the operational impact of security and its relevance to reduce the likelihood of security events.

Pedro A. Melendez P.E., Director of Asset Protection and Performance, ITC Holdings Corp.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: CIP – Unintended Consequences

How CIP regulations have required a mid-sized electrical utility to take a second look at the security of its system and the relationships between work units that have hampered efficient and collaborative work in the past.

Wayne Svilar, Corporate Security Manager, Portland General Electric

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: A Cost-Effective Solution to Enhance Grid Resiliency

The risks to the U.S. bulk electric transmission grid – including human and natural – are increasing.  These new high impact, low frequency threats require robust grid resiliency and recovery plans be in place to mitigate their impact.  For some critical pieces of equipment, such as large power transformers and circuit breakers, a utility may not have adequate supply or capabilities to recover from widespread losses suffered in a large-scale event.  Grid Assurance is a cost-effective solution to mitigate the impact of these events by pooling the inventory needs of transmission owning utilities across the country and providing access to a shared pool of spare equipment that can be readily deployed following a qualifying event.  This cost-based service offers subscribers access to an inventory that is maintained in secure warehouses with pre-developed logistic plans to expedite the delivery of the equipment to the damaged area.  This session will provide an overview of the Grid Assurance service and how it can help transmission owners recover from catastrophic events.

Dan Rogier, Chief Operating Office and VP of Operations, Grid Assurance

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Physical Security – Resiliency Against Long-Term Outages

The loss of a key transmission assets or step-up transformer, whether it is due to a natural or man-made event, can cause a loss of significant power to the grid. Depending on the circumstances this loss of power could cause other cascading effects resulting in long-term outages. This presentation will discuss a five step program to significantly reduce the risk and rapidly repair/replace transformers to mitigate the impact.

  • Assess the asset risk to extreme weather events, intentional criminal attacks, geomagnetic disturbances (GMD), and electromagnetic pulses (EMP)
  • Harden substations and power equipment against malevolent attack, and extreme environments
  • Remote Monitor the asset and surroundings and Automate response to abnormalities
  • Rapidly Repair lightly damaged power equipment
  • Rapidly Replace severely damaged power equipment

Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager – Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Standards Development for Perimeter Hardening

This session will discuss the process and preparation of standards for a comprehensive substation security package. This will take account for major design considerations required for security project including, grounding, station power, perimeter structures, conduit & cable, access gates, and communications.

Robert J. “RJ” Hope, CPP, ABCP, Manager, Security Consulting, Burns & McDonnell

Keegan Odle, PE, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Considerations for Securing Today’s Substations

Today’s approach to securing substations and substation equipment has moved well beyond earlier approaches to provide basic safety from outsiders, to securing assets against vandalism or copper theft.  As threats vectors emerge and regulatory requirements continue to change and develop, utility companies must now face an increasing number of considerations for developing the proper security solution.  Cost, consultants, technology, and environmental, along with several other factors, must also now be looked at by a utility when developing their approach.  This presentation seeks to look at the delicate balance between costs, threats, and viable project solutions that each utility must face and develop in order to satisfy all stakeholders.

James Moralez, PE, Principal Engineer, System Protection and Controls Engineering (SPACE), San Diego Gas & Electric Co

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Substation Security Best Practices Panel Discussion

Attendees are asked to engage in this discussion, among utility members, on best practices for substation security. Each panelist will share their experiences, lessons learned and thoughts regarding some of these tested practices for their substations.

Moderator: Charles M DuShane, Protective Security Advisor – Chicago District, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mark S. Bullock, Director of Security, Commonwealth Edison Company

Wayne Svilar, Corporate Security Manager, Portland General Electric

Richard Guzik, Infrastructure Protection Manager, Exelon Corporate & Information Security Services

Stephenie L. Harrington, Communications Manager, Electric Transmission Projects, Dominion Virginia Power

Brian Kelley, Senior Manager, Sargent & Lundy

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: Substation Security Systems Lessons Learned

Review Exelon’s efforts and lessons learned related on substation security hardening from a security systems perspective.

  • Design Approach
  • Systems Integration
  • Commissioning
  • Monitoring
  • Maintenance

Richard Guzik, Infrastructure Protection Manager, Exelon Corporate & Information Security Services

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Operational Changes Due to Substation Perimeter Hardening Project

Discuss how changing the physical presence of the perimeter fencing affected the operations and maintenance crews as well as overall security operations.  Including an overview of substation login and log out process, recording visitors at the station, control access on vehicle and personnel gates, and considerations for ingress and egress of oversized equipment.  This presentation will address the training efforts and methods used to educate employees, emergency first responders and field personnel on the new security features and requirements.

Stephenie L. Harrington, Communications Manager, Electric Transmission Projects, Dominion Virginia Power

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

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Total Substation Security Panel Discussion: Electronic Detection and Assessment Devices, and Hardening of Perimeter and Equipment

This panel will begin with a brief presentation from each panelist on their specific solution as it applies to the substation industry. Attendees are asked to engage in this discussion on the equipment and technology used to harden against and detect intrusions at substations.

Moderator: Robert J. “RJ” Hope, CPP, ABCP, Manager, Security Consulting, Burns & McDonnell

Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager – Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc.

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

Matt Kaye, Vice President of Sales, Integrated Security Corp.

Michael Chaffee, FLIR

Kevin Berent, Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

12:00 p.m.  :: Adjournment

Speakers

Kevin Berent, Program Manager, EPRI

Mark Bullock, Director of Security, ComEd

Michael Chaffee, Business Development, Flir

John Domenichelli, Program Lead Bulk Electric Physical Security, Sempra

Charles DuShane, Protective Security Advisor - Chicago District , U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB

Richard Guzik, Infrastructure Protection Manager, Exelon

Stephenie Harrington, Manager of Electirc Transmission Project Communications, Dominion

Robert R.J. Hope, Manager, Security Consulting , Burns & McDonnell

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

Matt Kaye, , Integrated Security Corp

Brian Kelley, Senior Manager, Sargent & Lundy

Pedro Melendez, Director of Asset Protection and Performance, ITC Holdings Corp.

James Moralez, Principal Engineer, System Protection and Controls Engineering, Sempra

Keegan Odle, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Dan Rogier, Vice President Asset Strategy & Policy, AEP Transmission

Wayne Svilar, Manager - Corporate Security, Portland Gas & Electric

Workshop

Building the Right Substation Physical Security Team

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

This workshop program will discuss how a utility could organize their best team for a successful physical security initiative.  One of the topics and discussion points will be how utilities should organize from within for success all the way from executive management and stakeholder buy-in to project initialization.  Another topic will focus on executing perimeter hardening and how to integrate multiple groups toward a common goal of station hardening and the timing of integration for each party.  Additional focus will be placed on the experience gained at multiple sites regarding the selection and implementation of electronic detection and assessment devices and technologies available. The final session will discuss how a heightened security posture can affect the culture of an organization, such as: the pitfalls to security implementation and opportunities to make transitions smoother.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review recommendations for how utilities should organize from within to set up for a successful substation security initiative
  • Listen to methods of executing perimeter hardening while integrating multiple groups toward a common goal of station hardening and the timing of integration for each party
  • Review the lessons learned from multiple sites regarding the selection and implementation of electronic detection and assessment devices.
  • List the ways a heightened security posture can affect the culture of an organization

Agenda

  • Utility Structuring for a Successful Security Program
    • This period of instruction would cover recommendations for how utilities should organize from within to set up for a successful substation security initiative.  This would cover goal setting from executive management, buy in from multiple groups, assigning ownership to specific departments, and collaboration leading to project initialization.
  • Collaborative Effort for Executing Perimeter Hardening
    • This session would cover the experiences gained on how to integrate multiple groups toward a common goal of station hardening and the timing of integration for each party.  The discussion will include how and why a specific effort grew from three departments at the start to nine by completion.  Lessons learned from the start will be identified in order to initiate the project in the right direction.
  • Collaborative Effort for Electronic Security Measures
    • This session would cover the experience gained at multiple sites regarding the selection and implementation of electronic detection and assessment devices. This period of instruction will provide a sampling of technology available and some lessons learned.
  • Changing the Security Culture
    • This session would discuss how a heightened security posture can affect the culture of an organization. This will include pitfalls to security implementation and opportunities to make transitions smoother and affect overall organizational buy-in.

Instructors

Robert J. “RJ” Hope, CPP, ABCP, Manager, Security Consulting, Burns & McDonnell

Keegan Odle, PE, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Location

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

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

ROOM RATE:

The room rate is $199.00

ROOM BLOCK DATES:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 2-3, 2016.

RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL:

Make your reservations prior to September 2, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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Event Standard RateAttendees
Proceedings package US $ 395.00

Sponsors

Burns-McDonnell Sargent & Lundy  ABB Fiber SenSys web logo w_tag lg
Protech

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