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Marc Gaudette, Dominion’s director of IT risk management, visits a fusion center. Housed in undisclosed locations, these high-tech centers assist public and private agencies in sharing any threat-related information.


and apply innovative technology, includ- ing cutting-edge video surveillance and asset monitoring. The utility giant also has taken a page out of the DHS anti- terror “See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign. Brochures perodically inserted with Dominion’s monthly bills have encouraged customers to “be a good neighbor” by participating “in our Neighborhood Watch.” If cus- tomers see out-of-the ordinary or suspi- cious activity near a Dominion facility, they are asked to call a toll-free number. Dominion also leverages a risk-based


audit and advisory firm. “Let’s put this in military terms: Bombs and soldiers don’t win wars. Economies win wars. Knock out a country’s power and you knock


out its economy. That’s how you win in a negotiation.” Dominion’s multipronged resilience strategy is to reinforce power stations


assessment framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has emerged as an industry- standard planning tool. “It covers security from a wide range of perspectives and capabilities. There are a lot of things we need to protect and multiple barri- ers we have to implement,” says Marc Gaudette, Dominion’s director of IT risk management. Although he declines to specify staff-


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ing levels, Gaudette says most Dominion complexes are manned around the clock, some with armed security forces. Domin- ion keeps a continuous virtual eye on the properties via redundant “fusion centers” housed in undisclosed locations. The high-tech campuses enable Dominion system operators to spot anomalies that could signal trouble and to communicate in real time with other stakeholders along the wider grid system. After 9/11 some states and locali-


ties established fusion centers to improve information sharing and analysis on a range of threats. State and local entities own the centers with support from fed- eral partners. Dominion also is investing in


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increased grid reliability through the construction of a new systems operations center in Henrico County. Costing an estimated $100 million, the center will be able to perform real-time monitoring of the transmission grid to maintain electric reliability. Projected to open in 2017, the facility will replace Dominion’s current operations center at the Inns- brook Corporate Center in Henrico, which has been around since 1992. Another tool in the security toolbox


is penetration testing. A standard secu- rity technique for utilities and related


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