Security Engineer, Black and Veatch
Topic: Physical and Electronic Security of Utilities
Utilities face many challenges in implementing physical and electronic security at their facilities. This presentation will examine many of those challenges and present solutions that can be considered for those issues. It will focus on the protection of people, property, and facilities through the use of security systems and procedures. Aspects and components of access control, intrusion detection, assessment, as well as building and site protection will be included. While this presentation will be geared to utilities, its content is applicable to security at other general facilities as well.
Mr. Nelson is the security engineer for Black & Veatch with almost 30 years of experience. His projects include a variety of physical and electronic systems work ranging from security audits, security vulnerability/risk assessments, as well as design of security systems and upgrades. Clients include power generation and transmission companies, water/wastewater facilities, museums, and U.S. government facilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Mr. Nelson has received extensive training in physical and electronic security including barriers, intrusion detection, access control, closed circuit television (CCTV), system integration, and communication systems. He is a certified trainer of the Sandia Risk Assessment Methodology for Water RAM-WTM methodology and was instrumental in developing Black & Veatch?s process for performing vulnerability assessments.
Mr. Nelson?s projects for power facilities include NERC requirement gap analysis for cyber assets as well as performing and overseeing several security vulnerability assessments for a variety of power transmission clients.
Mr. Nelson was extensively involved in performing security vulnerability assessments for dozens of water and wastewater facilities as required by the EPA under by the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. These assessments were performed using Sandia?s RAM-WTM or a Black & Veatch methodology. He also performed security assessments for United States Bureau of Reclamation sites in the northwest United States as well as security system design for four critical dams along the Missouri River in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana
Mr. Nelson has performed security master planning and security design for military, nuclear, and government facilities across the United States and overseas. These projects include work for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).
Mr. Nelson designed the security systems for three museums for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as well as the central security console that currently monitors all of their museums and facilities within the Washington DC area.