Utility Security: Why CIP-014-1 is Important for Everyone

Utility Security: Why CIP-014-1 is Important for Everyone

Ballistic Barrier, CIP-014-1, Critical Asset Protection

For anyone working in the utility service and security industry, government mandates towards the industry are always something to keep a close eye on. While most mandates have to do with security or safety and the latest standard that was passed in late January of 2015 is no different.

CIP-014-1 (or Critical Infrastructure Protection) is a physical security standard to identify and protect Transmission stations, substations and their primary control centers.

But why did lawmakers have to step in?

CIP-014-1 was necessary after several attacks have taken place over the last couple years on Transmission facilities and power grids. That includes a sniper attack on an Oklahoma substation which caused $1 million in damages as well as an attack on an Arkansas electric grid that left 10,000 people without power.

Going without power for a little bit may not seem like the worst thing in the world but when you realize how a large blackout can not only affect the quality of life in the area but also impact the economy all together. Without power, businesses throughout the region will be unable to operate which can have a snowball effect on every single person. That is why this standard is needed.

Thanks to the Critical Infrastructure Protection standard, transmission owners are now required to perform risk assessments that identify critical transmission stations and substations, and associated primary control centers. Once identified, owners must evaluate for physical threats, develop and implement a security plan.

Whether you’re an owner or worker in the in U.S. Energy industry or a person that enjoys electricity and heat, this CIP-014-1 standard is important to know and understand.

For more information on the standard and our custom designed utility security ballistic barriers, contact us today at Ideal Utility Services.

CIP-014-1: Who, What, When, Where and Why Ballistic Barriers?

CIP-014-1: Who, What, When, Where and Why Ballistic Barriers?

Ballistic Barrier, CIP-014-1

Ballistic barriers, asset protection, barrier protectors, utility protection, critical infrastructure protection. Whatever you want to call it, the CIP-014-1 standard has taken utility security from a voluntary act for each entity to decide on to a, now, government mandated standard for all investor-owned, independent-owned and public-owned utility agencies.

But what else do you know about ballistic barriers and the government mandate of the CIP-014-1 standard?

Here are the 5 W’s:

Who

Utility facilities featuring transmission stations, substations and control centers throughout North America.

What 

Requires transmission owners to perform risk assessments that identify critical transmission stations and substations, and associated primary control centers. Once identified, owners must evaluate for physical threats, develop and implement a security plan.

When 

CIP-014-1 became effective on January 26th, 2015 but the deadlines for the required goals extend up until August 3rd, 2016.

Where 

Throughout the United States and North America.

Why 

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (or NERC), the purpose of this standard is to identify and protect Transmission stations and Transmission substations, and their associated primary control centers, that if rendered inoperable or damaged as a result of a physical attack could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or Cascading within an Interconnection.

In layman’s terms, this CIP-014-1 standard provides a structured framework that is to help secure critical electrical power grid junctures from high-level physical threats and vulnerabilities in the present and future. This helps protect the one of the largest industrial machines that is vital for both quality of life and the economy in North America.

If the critical assets and infrastructure at your facility is in need of world class protection from physical threats and vulnerabilities, contact us today at Ideal Utility Services. We not only have top of the line ballistic barriers but they’re also available in custom colors and designs.

Take a Look at Our Ballistic Barrier Mockup

Take a Look at Our Ballistic Barrier Mockup

Ballistic Barrier

Thanks to the rise in crime surrounding the utility service industry, Ideal Utility Services has decided to step in and fill a void that has been missing with our new ballistic barriers.

Whether it’s to protect an electrical grid or control rooms, Ideal’s ballistic barriers are a cut above the rest. Take a look at our mockup:

Most asset protection barriers have been made out of concrete in the past but when dealing with an electrical grid, airflow is extremely important. Well, our barriers allow airflow while being able to defend and protect the area from a wide range of ammunition choices, including UL 752 Level 3,4,7 and 8 threats.

On top of protection, the barriers will also be custom made so you won’t just have a giant gray wall around your facility.

If you’re interested in adding a top of the line, custom built ballistic barrier to your utility facility, contact us today at Ideal Utility Facility. We’ll be happy to answer any and all questions about our asset protection services.