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Threats and Solutions Facing the Energy Industry

In 1882, Thomas Edison built the first central power plant to create DC electric current in the United States. Those were the days when security wasn’t a concern. It wasn’t until 1950 that physical security threats were considered. A decade later, when stations were being targeted as symbols of progress, security measures increased.

Today’s energy grid requires even more safety and security efforts. The grid is made up of a complex, interconnected network of systems and hardware that must be designed, operated and protected in ways that promote security and resiliency. Because resiliency implies that threats will not go away and that some will even be successful, maintaining reliability and continued service is of upmost importance.

This paper examines eight threats that can wreak havoc on physical security of the energy industry, from acts of nature to acts of terrorism. Then it will explore several principles to help protect assets, safeguard employees and meet compliance regulations.

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