Guarding the grid, protecting the people: Cooperative strives for best security practices

Maintaining the best security at facilities is Basin Electric's goal. The cooperative recently updated its Headquarters employee badge readers to control access to departments and keep track of who is in the building at all times.

Maintaining the best security at facilities is Basin Electric’s goal. The cooperative recently updated its Headquarters employee badge readers to control access to departments and keep track of who is in the building at all times.

At Basin Electric, exceeding industry standards at any level is just good business. But safety is paramount, and that’s never going to change.

Protecting people, securing facilities and sustaining the cooperative dream are priorities in an age when evolving security threats regularly occur.

In a world where the topics of cybersecurity and physical security are becoming more critical in the eyes of any major organization, Basin Electric aims to alert every employee of potential threats and educate them on what to do in the event of a security breach.

Addressing cybersecurity at Basin Electric

Leading the effort to hone a culture of security and awareness at Basin Electric are a host of project managers and subject matter experts who are engaged in a formal process that will help better protect the cooperative. It’s a story that starts with changing security regulations and what cybersecurity advocates like Mike Kraft are doing to establish the best business practices within the cooperative.

“I used to never think about cybersecurity in the context of the utility industry,” says Kraft, Basin Electric senior compliance engineer. “I think there’s a real, credible threat that’s being developed with cybersecurity, both foreign and domestic.”

Read more on Basin Electric’s security initiatives in the January-February 2014 issue of Basin Today.

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