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Physical and Electronic Access Controls for CIP Compliance

Wednesday Dec 2, 2009 Presented by Energy Central
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Achieving NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance isn't a luxury, it's the law - violations can cost you up to $1 million dollars a day. Are you ready to be CIP compliant? Join Energy Central for the NERC CIP Compliance webcasts, which will provide you with unique insights on how to prepare for your upcoming audit.

This webcast will take a look at electronic and physical security perimeter, physical and electronic access lists and security management controls.

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Event Price: 147.00 (US)

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Physical & Electronic Access Controls 

Developed in coordination with NERC (view NERC press release*), Energy Central's CIP Compliance webcasts provide unique insights on how to comply with the standards. NERC reviews all content to ensure accurate information is presented.

The fourth webcast, Physical & Electronic Access Controls, you'll hear from industry veterans, Tim Raines and Bart Thielbar, who are seasoned in the compliance process, allowing you to:

Understanding the elements that define the Electronic Security Perimeter (ESP) and the Physical Security Perimeter (PSP).

Correctly establishing access points and control methods

Creating Security Management Controls that support perimeter security definitions.

Validating access control through logs. 

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Title: Physical & Electronic Access Controls
Cost: $147.00

   Tim Raines (full bio)
   Director of Corporate Security
   Black Hills Corporation

   Bart Thielbar, CISA (full bio)
   Senior Research Analyst
   Sierra Energy Group, a Division of Energy Central


1. Electronic Security perimeter
- Defining an ESP
- Access points
- Protecting non-CCAs in an ESP
2. Physical Security Perimeter
- Where a PSP is needed
- Methods to control access points
3. Security Management Controls
- Physical Access lists
- Electronic Access Lists
- Document lists
4. Importance of logs
5. Role of logs as evidence in an audit
6. Guest Speaker — Jerry Freese, American Electric Power

* NERC press release link:

The CIP Compliance
Series of Webcasts

For comprehensive preparation, attend all six. The webcasts in the series include:


9/23/09 Identifying Critical Assets
(On Demand)

10/6/09 Program Governance Issues
(On Demand)

10/21/09 Change Management Systems
(On Demand)

11/11/09 Personnel Issues & Training
(On Demand)

12/2/09 Physical & Electronic Access Controls 
(On Demand)
12/16/09 Testing Procedures & Recovery Plans

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Speaker Biographies: Physical & Electronic Access Controls

Bart Thielbar
Senior Research Analyst
Sierra Energy Group, a Division of Energy Central
Bart Thielbar is a senior research analyst for Sierra Energy Group, the research and analysis division of Energy Central. Thielbar is also President of Itility Solutions, LLC, which he founded in early 2009. Itility provides executive advisory and consultative services regarding business process optimization and technology investments, including those related to the Smart Grid. Prior to forming Itility Solutions, LLC, Thielbar held various executive level positions, including serving as the Sr. Vice-President and CIO of NorthWestern Energy. 

Thielbar also is a former chair of the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) and American Gas Association's (AGA) Technology Advisory Council (TAC). He holds his certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Tim Raines
Director of Corporate Security
Black Hills Corporation
About Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corporation is a diversified energy company operating principally in the United States with two major business groups — Utilities and Non-regulated Energy. The utility operations include Black Hills Power, Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power and Black Hills Energy. 

Black Hills Corporation provides energy to approximately 750,000 customers. The energy portfolio also includes non-utility businesses; Black Hills Exploration & Production produces oil and natural gas in New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. Enserco Energy provides wholesale natural gas marketing and producer services for natural gas and crude oil. The Wyodak coal mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin supports the Company’s mine-mouth power generation. Black Hills also has a fleet of power generation facilities in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota that produce more than 1,000 MW of energy annually for utility customers as well as others.

The information from this webcast is provided for informational purposes only. An entity's adherence to the examples contained within this presentation does not constitute compliance with the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program ("CMEP") requirements, NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection ("CIP") Reliability Standards, or any other NERC Reliability Standards or rules. While the information included in this material may provide some of the methodology that NERC has elected to use to assess compliance with the requirements of the Reliability Standard, this material should not be treated as a substitute for the Reliability Standard or viewed as additional Reliability Standard requirements. In all cases, the entity should rely on the language contained in the Reliability Standard itself, and not on the language contained in this presentation, to determine compliance with the CIP Reliability Standards.

Produced by Energy Central, 2821 S Parker Rd, Suite 1105, Aurora CO 80014, 800.459.2233
in conjunction with NERC.