White Paper Provides Understanding of Physical Security Standards

Oct. 1, 2008
A new white paper on understanding the physical security requirements set forth by the Washington, D.C.-based Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), also in Washington, D.C., has been released. The two organizations govern the nation's energy industry and ensure the reliability of the U.S. and Canadian bulk electric power systems, respectively.

In 2007, the FERC granted the NERC the authority to enforce reliability standards on companies and individuals involved in the use, ownership, and/or operation of the North American power grid, and make compliance with those standards mandatory. Several of these standards focus specifically on the security of physical assets and electronic data related to the power grid, as well as to public utility generation and delivery systems.

Individuals and organizations responsible for security at facilities that full under FERC and NERC jurisdiction need to understand what the reliability standards are and how they relate to security, and whether their current security initiatives ensure compliance with the standards. The white paper examines the FERC and NERC standards that focus specifically on access control, discuss the risks inherent in traditional security measures designed to protect physical plants and electronic data, and offer special security solutions that help ensure compliance with the reliability standards through access control and tracking.

The white paper can be downloaded at http://www.medeco.com/solutions/download/Medeco%20High%20Security%20Locks%20FERC%20NERC%20White%20Paper.pdf.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...