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Physical Security Workshop


The Physical Security Workshop is hosted by Great River Energy, Minneapolis, MN. This workshop is an in-person event only.  Participants will learn about physical security concepts and technologies, Design Basis Threat, threat and vulnerability assessments, CIP-006, CIP-014, and other topics.   The Lab portion of this workshop is focused specifically on the DBT and VISA applications and will include a substation walk-down. Attendees will be required to bring personal protective equipment (hard hat, goggles/safety glasses, and boots/closed toe shoes) for the lab.  

For attendees who have the NERC Certified System Operators (NCSO) credential, NERC has approved the workshop for 15 continuing education hours (CEHs).  This course is also accredited through the ASIS Preferred CPE Provider Program and is pre-approved for 15 (CPEs) credits.  Candidates will need to provide proof of attendance when self-reporting CPE hours with ASIS. 

Attendance for this course will be limited to 35 participants.  Vendor and non-Entity personnel attendance is subject to host Entity approval.  

NOTE:  The course NDA must be signed and uploaded to SERC University prior to the workshop start date. 


In this workshop you will:

  • Identify the layers/stages of protection in depth.
  • Describe the role of Design Basis Threat in identifying threats and risks for entities and external partners.
  • Identify the importance of physical security for registered entities, external partners and their assets.
  • Identify types of threats/vulnerabilities to physical security for registered entities.
  • Explain the reason for employing physical security controls.
  • In the VISA application sessions, you will experience practical application of adversary sequence diagrams, design basis threat (DBT), and the Vulnerability of Integrated Security Analysis (VISA) methodology. 


This event will be of interest to entry level physical security personnel, managers of physical security programs, individuals with compliance and security responsibilities but with limited physical security expertise.  

Event Registration

Enrollment options: Free for Registered Entity Personnel

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