Security Digest

Required Reading: Perimeter Security For Electrical Utilities 101

Electrical utility site at night with perimeter fence to demonostrate Senstar's ability to protect electrical utility infrastructure from perimeter intrusions

With the new school year upon us, Senstar thought it was a good time to share our perimeter security reading requirements for protecting electrical utility sites.

Site operators face many challenges including preventing theft and vandalism, avoiding liability associated with trespassing, and complying with increasing government regulations.

Senstar has developed several resources – brochures, guides, presentations, case studies and articles – to help operators understand how perimeter security products can be used to deter and detect intruders, meet NERC CIP requirements, protect remote sites, and implement proven, cost-effective security solutions.

Effective deterrence and detection

Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) can be a key part of an overall physical security plan, offering highly effective, cost-effective protection. For the system to be a success, especially when deployed at remote and unmanned sites, it must meet the following requirements:

Reliably detect and deter would-be intruders

  • Avoid complacency by minimizing nuisance alarms
  • Be cost-effective for smaller, remote sites
  • Offer scalable integration options, with support for existing security, communications, and/or SCADA networks

Check out the following resources for perimeter security at electrical utility sites:

Meeting NERC CIP requirements

Senstar’s solutions for physical security – perimeter intrusion detection and video management – can help site operators protect their sites from potential threats and vulnerabilities, and comply with NERC CIP-014 regulations.

Check out or NERC CIP-014 Application Guide to find out how.

Protecting remote, unmanned sites

Unmanned, remote sites are particularly easy targets for intruders. Regardless of the intruder’s motivation – theft, terrorism, vandalism, or general mischief – operators need effective security solutions that meet operational and budgetary requirements.

For one US state-wide electrical utility company, the deterrence factor of the Senstar LM100 helped address specific difficulties posed by remote and geographically distributed sites.

Read the 2019 case study here.

Proven, cost-effective solutions

The FlexZone ranging fence-mounted intrusion detection system and the Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system are ideal for securing electrical utility sites. They are simple to install, easy-to-use and maintain, and most importantly, are highly effective at detecting intruders at the fence line.

Check out our product how-to guides:

FlexZone How-to Guide
Senstar LM100 How-to Guide

For another US electrical utility company providing electricity to 95% of a state’s residents, these two products are helping to improve security while addressing budgetary concerns. A relationship that began in 2013 with FlexZone has now evolved to the Senstar LM100.

Read the 2019 Senstar LM100 electrical utility company case study, click here.
Read the 2016 FlexZone case study featuring the electrical utility company here.

To speak with a Senstar security expert about protecting electrical utility sites, or any other site, email [email protected].