Rick C. Mathews, Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness
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Albany, NY 12203
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13 March, 2012
The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) recently completed a critical infrastructure protection research project related to the energy sector in the Great Lakes Region (including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Canadian Province of Ontario). The project was conducted for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Counter Terrorism (DHSES, OCT). It involved a comprehensive open source review of the vulnerabilities and resilience of oil and natural gas pipeline and electric infrastructure in the region, threats to this infrastructure, and the security and economic consequences of power disruption. The review also covered federal, state, and local security initiatives the United States' energy relationship with Canada.
In December, the NCSP submitted a final report to DHSES, OCT entitled "Energy Generation and Transmission in the Great Lakes Region." The research team found that aging infrastructure is an growing concern for the electric industry and that the increased dependency on cyber infrastructure in the energy sector brings both benefits and challenges. The conclusions presented in the report are based on specific questions posed by DHSES, OCT and are as follows:
The NCSP research team was led by Rod MacDonald, the Director of the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector and a lecturer at the Rockefeller College. The team also included a project coordinator, Marie Reilly, a technical writer, Carl Filbrich, and four graduate students: David Gottesman, Jayson Kratoville, Ben Spear, and Brandon Kennedy. The internal review team included Michael Fagel, an NCSP Subject Matter Expert in infrastructure protection and Hwa-young Sin, an expert in energy, economics, and the environment. Throughout the course of the project, the research team also worked with experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the NYS GIS Clearinghouse through the DHSES Office of Cyber Security, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and the private sector.
You can download the full report here.