How to Mitigate Threats to Substation Security


Designing a comprehensive and successful physical security strategy requires stepping back and looking at the big picture. Physical security planning and product development has been the focus of BBRSS for many years. Sub-stations now have to implement a multifaceted approach to security.


From the outside vantage point, substation security may appear to be just hardened perimeter fences. Crash gates, bollards, and other physical security products are an important part of the plan; thus, the scope of the plan goes much deeper. When it comes to substation security, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for every utility owner or operator. The correct security solution will vary from site to site. Recommended reading: the new North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP-014 standard on security for critical substations.

There are guidelines for compliance, but actual plan design and implementation is left to the plant security and owners. Each sub-station has a unique set of physical security dynamics thus a unique plan is required. How does your plan stack up against the NERC standards? Are you in compliance?  Make sure you consult with our amazing team of security experts.

Questions to consider when designing a sub-station physical perimeter security plan:

  • Are bollards needed to protect vital equipment? For external traffic control?
  • Is a crash gate needed for entry? Automatic or personnel operated?
  • Are there any other special scenarios at your sub-station that need addressing?

BBRSS can provide the products, solutions, service, and guideline compliance to assist in designing, implementing, and maintaining your sub-station physical security.  Reach out to BBRSS today for a complete evaluation.  (800)367-0387

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