Physical Security

Physical Security is Critical

Physical SecurityA robust Physical Security Program provides a utility with an effective risk mitigation strategy. In assisting our clients, CRSI begins with an in-depth understanding of their threats and vulnerabilities to critical assets and operational workflow requirements.

We recognize that, in addition to terrorism, losses can result from theft, vandalism, sabotage, and liability due to underperforming security. Additional losses are too often incurred by disgruntled employees seeking revenge against a company or being lured by money to commit sabotage or to release confidential information.

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NERC CIP-006 recognizes the need to protect your BES Cyber Systems and Critical Cyber Assets. CRSI knows how to safeguard your critical assets to maintain compliance with the standard. This is accomplished by having operational and procedural controls in place to restrict physical access and possess the means to monitor for unauthorized access. CRSI ensures your physical perimeter capabilities only allow people in through the established entrances and that these entrances are controlled through various means of access control measures with alarm systems and video surveillance. Learn more here.

NERC CIP-014 is a Reliability Standard that recognizes the importance of the most vital BES Cyber Systems for the reliable operation of the grid. CRSI has taken a strong leadership position in developing Physical Security Plans to reduce vulnerabilities and mitigate risks for those assets to meet the requirements of NERC CIP-014. Our experts are well-versed and extremely qualified to perform Threat and Vulnerability Assessments, develop Physical Security Plan(s), and complete Unaffiliated Third Party Reviews of existing or newly developed plans.

While a strong Physical Security Program for the BES Cyber Systems included within the scope of CIP-014 is vital, it may not sufficiently cover the other assets of the organization. CRSI understands this issue and is readily able to provide a client-specific, tailored approach to mitigating physical security risks. We know that quantification of threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in terms of likelihood and impact, industry benchmarking, and risk modeling is a crucial requirement to the design of any effective Physical Security Program for the entire enterprise.

CRSI’s physical security consulting team is continuously trained, highly credentialed, and has extensive experience in protection for electric utilities, as well as other critical infrastructure industries. Our Board Certified Physical Security Professionals (PSPs), Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs), Certified Security Project Managers (CSPMs), and Certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) use a variety of security best practices and standards to determine mitigations to threats and vulnerabilities based on probability and impact. This allows us to provide an effectively managed security services program which reduces these risks more efficiently than the traditional approach to physical security which in turn, reduces the probability of these losses.

CRSI strategically partnered with more than 250 electric utilities in the last five (5) years for their NERC CIP Compliance Solutions. To find out more about how to create your Security Compliance Roadmap, call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.


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