As part of our plan to enhance critical infrastructure security, Chugach is finishing the installation of our third intrusion detection system. The current work at Teeland Substation follows similar efforts at Retherford and University Substations.
While security fences and video surveillance are largely passive systems, fence-based intrusion systems provide the ability to immediately detect unauthorized entry into substations. Once an intruder is detected, we are in a much better position to respond to potential theft, vandalism, accidents and other activities that could disrupt the stability of our electrical system.
Taking measures to protect our systems follows similar measures in the Lower 48 driven by North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection directives to boost both cyber and physical security. Chugach is part of the Alaska Cyber Security working group charged with developing security standards for Railbelt utilities. As these standards are finalized in the upcoming year, Chugach will be ready to undertake the next steps towards increasing the reliability of its systems.