Feds Late to Act on Drone Threat, DHS Official Says

By Rich Heidorn Jr.

WASHINGTON — Former NERC executive Brian Harrell, now assistant director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, last week lamented the federal government’s tardy response to the security threat drones pose to utilities.

While many utilities are using drones in storm response and in monitoring vegetation growth along transmission lines, drones equipped with explosives could threaten utility operations.

Brian Harrell | © RTO Insidert

“This is not an emerging threat. It was emerging five years ago,” Harrell told attendees of the NERC Reliability Leadership Summit on Thursday. “We’re clearly cognizant of the fact that you do not own the airspace above your generating facilities, the airspace above … your transmission substations. And right now, the laws are such that the federal government isn’t being as helpful as it should be.”

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