Sam Sciacca’s article, Substation physical security back on front burner, describes how physical security and cyber security must dovetail at substations. Increased theft of substation materials, particularly copper and steel, and the threat of terrorism have led the power industry to approach this issue in a more sophisticated manner.
Sciacca offers up-to-date thinking on the subject and rejects the traditional notion that “security via obscurity” will work for substations. He discusses positive identification and electronic access control, governed by IEEE Standard P1402, which is currently under revision, and indicates that standard is now the established, minimum requirement for security at power substations.
Read this and other articles by Sam on his blog, Insight on Power, published by CSE Magazine.
Sam Sciacca is an IEEE senior member and current chair of two IEEE working groups dealing with cyber-security for electric utilities: the Substations Working Group C1, which is working on P1686; and the Power System Relay Committee Working Group H13, which is working on PC37.240. Sciacca currently is CEO of SCS Consulting, LLC.