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Securing Utility and Energy Infrastructures
by Larry Ness

Securing Utility and Energy Infrastructures addresses the growing post-9/11 concern about the safety of the utility and energy industries.


  • The latest security technology and tools available, including biotoxicity monitors and cb detection systems
  • Security crisis management planning and security policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Industry-specific security issues and infrastructure security programs
  • Current federal, state, and private safety efforts and their costs


Inadequate Security Today

  • History of the Utility/Energy Industry
  • Federal Legislative Issues
  • Deregulation of the Utility Industry
  • The Role of Federal and State Utility Regulators
  • Post 9/11 Information Sources
  • Risk Assessment versus Needs Assessment

The Economic Impact of a Terrorist Attack

  • Utility Industry-Prime Targets for Terrorists
  • Major Types of Threats
  • Use the Infrastructure as a Weapon Against Us
  • Create Power Surges
  • Cyber Attack
  • Lack of Vital Spare Parts
  • Terrorists’ Goals
  • Jihadism Began in the 11th Century
  • Terrorism in America
  • No Stopping Terrorism
  • Impact Comparisons versus Other Crises
  • Impact on the United States Economy
  • Costs of Recovery
  • Direct Impacts
  • Indirect Impacts
  • Insurance
  • Airlines
  • Defense Spending
  • Longer Term Impacts

What is Being Done to Protect the Utility Industry

  • Federal Responses
  • Nuclear Plant Security
  • Federal Anti-Cyber-Attack Programs
  • State Responses
  • New York’s Model Program
  • Other State Organizations
  • Utility/Energy Industry Response
  • Electrical Substations
  • Natural Gas Facilities
  • Nuclear Utility Security
  • How Do We Move Forward
  • Progress at State and Federal Levels
  • The Role of Insurance Companies
  • Who Pays

The Post 9/11 Security Assessment Process

  • New Security Needs
  • Physical Security Assessment Process
  • Information and Computer Security Assessment Process
  • Computer Security
  • Biochemical and Anthrax Security Assessment Process
  • Pre-employment and Annual Screening
  • Due Diligence Screening
  • Security Culture Change Training

Security Crisis Management Planning

  • How to Increase Safety
  • Security Risk Assessment Process
  • Materials and Procedures to Have in Advance
  • Outside Risks
  • Inside Risks
  • Crisis Management Planning
  • Crisis Management Team
  • Call Response Team
  • Review of Emergency Preparedness
  • Resource Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Document Review
  • Physical Assets
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Gap Analysis
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Levels of Disaster
  • Key Business Continuity Tasks
  • Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
  • Track Revenue Flow through Business Units
  • Create Recovery Teams
  • Disaster Recovery Plan, 84
  • Security Policies, Procedures- and Guidelines
  • Selecting a Disaster Recovery Center

Criminal Justice Community Roles 93

  • Communication and Coordination
  • The Criminal Justice Community
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Agencies
  • State Authorities
  • Local Police
  • Emergency Personnel
  • Effects of the Disaster Experience
  • Expand Your Security Program
  • Guidelines During and After an Incident

Security Technology

  • Current Utility Security Technologies
  • Windows Security
  • Mitigating the Risks
  • Improving SCADA System Security
  • Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Solutions
  • Encryption
  • Firewalls
  • NERC Meets FERC Security Mandates
  • The Need for More Electricity
  • Near-Term Needs
  • Better Wireless Security Is Required

Industry-SPecific Security Issues

  • The Biggest Threat
  • The Electric Utility Industry
  • How the Electric Grid Works
  • Faulty Controls
  • The Oil and Gas Industry
  • DOE Tackles Security for Oil Industry SCADA Networks
  • The Nuclear Industry
  • The Telecommunications Industry
  • The Water Industry
  • Security Threats to Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Infrastructure Security Programs

  • Experimental Programs
  • Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL)
  • NERC Standards
  • Global Efforts and Coordination
  • The World Summit on the Information Society
  • An Australian Example
  • Monitoring Capabilities

Financing the Utility Industry Security

  • Rate Increases
  • Government Incentives
  • Insurance Company Incentives
  • Reselling of Utility Security Services
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Security Services
  • Technical Security Mechanisms
  • Schools and Colleges

Role of National and State Associations

  • National Utility Associations
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • North American Electric Reliability Council
  • The Nuclear Energy Institute
  • American Gas Association
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • United Telecommunications Council
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
  • North American Electric Reliability Council
  • American Public Power Association
  • State Utility Associations
  • National Rural Water Association
  • The Institute of Public Utilities
  • Professional Security Associations
  • Professional Law Enforcement Associations

Future Directions in the Utility/Energy Industry

  • Utility-Provided Security Services
  • Federal Government
  • Commercial and Industrial Accounts
  • Colleges and Schools
  • Homeowners


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Securing Utility and Energy Infrastructures
by Larry Ness
2006 • 360 pages • $88.95 + shipping
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