The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recognized PSE&G as the first public utility in the country to meet its security anti-terrorism standards according to the Safety Act, an incentive created after 9/11 for private companies to develop anti-terrorism technologies, PSE&G said Monday.
DHS recognized the Newark-based company for PSEG Holistic Security Model, an anti-terrorism program designed to identify and reduce risk through planning and physical security measures at five PSE&G critical electrical sites in New Jersey. The Safety Act offers PSE&G liability protections from lawsuits if a terrorist attack impacts the technology. To achieve those protections, a company must demonstrate the “substantial utility and effectiveness” of their anti-terrorism security deployments.
“PSEG immediately recognized the value of having PSE&G become the first public utility to be granted Safety Act protection,” said Aaron Ford, vice president and chief security officer of PSEG’s Corporate Security and Claims Group, in a prepared statement. “The Safety Act process not only offered us an opportunity to demonstrate our industry leadership, it also helped us identify ways to make our security program even stronger and more dynamic. That intangible benefit ─ learning how we and our industry partners can better protect America’s energy infrastructure ─ was itself worth the effort.”