14th Annual Security
& Compliance Summit

Low Impact Electronic Locks


On February 15, 2017 a fault combined with a critical component of a protection scheme being disabled contributed to the catastrophic loss of a distribution substation in Ephrata, WA. Through a forensic review the root cause analysis team was able to determine when the component was taken out of service but the long-standing security protections of a mechanically-keyed padlock and paper log book lacked the capability to show who was in the substation at that time. A further investigation found a staggering number of keys unaccounted for. The Security and Operations teams sought a solution to address the forensic shortcomings of the existing security scheme as well as a cost-effective option to maintain key control. With CIP Low Impact requirements on the horizon, the time was right for a fresh approach. This sessions provides greater detail on the process Grant PUD used to meet operational, security, and compliance requirements leveraging the emerging technology of electronic locks.

Nick Weber

Nick Weber has worked in the security field for over 15 years. He currently serves as the Security Manager at Grant County PUD. Prior to joining Grant, he served as a Cyber and Physical Security Auditor at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Mr. Weber also worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Critical Infrastructure Assessment Team Leader and later an Energy Sector Specialist. As an Assessment Team Leader he conducted security and resilience assessments at critical infrastructure sites across the United States. As an Energy Sector Specialist he worked to develop and leverage relationships with critical infrastructure stakeholders and government agencies to increase the resilience of the nation’s most critical assets. Nick has served as a Cavalry officer for 14 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard, most recently leading a Cyber Network Defense team. He holds the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho. He was selected as a member of the Security Systems News 20 Under 40 class of 2014 and currently holds the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), CompTIA Security+, Certified Business Resilience Manager, and Certified Business Resilience Auditor certifications.

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