Perimeter Substation Physical Security Design Options for Compliance with NERC CIP 014-1

Key considerations for successful implementation


The electric utility industry has adjusted their thinking of substation physical security as a result of recent attacks and the issuance by NERC of CIP-014-1.  As a result there is a substantial investment in upgrading existing station security and providing enhanced security at new stations.  With this new design approach, there are a significant number of options, considerations and products to evaluate during the design of a physical security system.  This paper will highlight key considerations that should be addressed during the design and implementation of a system to comply with CIP 014-1.

Index Terms—Physical, Security, Substation

Brian Kelley – Sargent & Lundy

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