A Roadmap for Securing Dams and Associated Power Generation Stations



As published in SIA Technology Insights, September 14, 2018
There are more than 90,000 dams and power-generating facilities in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These dams are part of the critical infrastructure of our country, providing water for irrigation and for communities to drink, generating power that allows our modern lives to function, maintaining navigable waterways for transportation and freight and protecting our farms and communities from flooding.

With millions of acre feet of water and thousands of square miles of surface area and coastline, these assets are big, and the consequences of a security breach on a dam or power-generating facility could be catastrophic and far reaching. While there are obvious threats—including damage to surrounding areas and loss of services—the less obvious threats are just as critical. These critical infrastructure often create recreational areas that generate economic dollars for surrounding communities, thus the loss of function and changes to the landscape could endanger the livelihood of hundreds or thousands. Ensuring the security of these critical infrastructures is paramount for the protection of communities across the U.S.


Case Study: USDA APHIS ESS Program

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS is a multi-faceted government agency with hundreds of locations. Each location has a specific role providing research, regulation, or education and outreach. USDA facilities include agricultural installations, research facilities, nuclear facilities, applied science sites, and biosafety laboratories. To help them secure each facility, Trofholz provides CCTV, ACS, and IDS solutions at multiple USDA APHIS locations around the United States.

The Project

The Trofholz team works with the USDA APHIS locations to design physical security systems that support their efforts. Our projects include access control systems (ACS), intrusion detection systems (IDS), and video surveillance systems (CCTV). Trofholz assesses each site, and then creates a security plan. Our team installs any new equipment, repairs existing equipment, trains USDA employees, and helps implement the USDA’s electronic physical security systems. This includes recommending and installing equipment, components, materials and providing labor to create complete CCTV, ACS, and IDS solutions to protect APHIS facilities.

Trofholz provides dedicated IT security & support for the California Army National Guard.

Case Study: California Army National Guard

The California Army National Guard (CAARNG) works with Trofholz Technologies to ensure their information technology solutions are optimized, well-maintained and supported in real time by our team of certified technicians.

The Project

In 2018, Trofholz won its fourth contract to provide IT support in a centralized environment to the California Army National Guard. Our team has provided ongoing support to this critical service branch for more than 10 years. Trofholz provides Tier III Automation to 5,000 Full-Time Members, and 15,000 Part-Time Members stationed at 106 Facilities within California and deployed Overseas. Our team ensures that the California Army National Guard has the tools it needs to maintain mission readiness, support training and continue its logistic tasks.

Case Study: Fisher House Charleston

Case Study: Fisher House Charleston

Trofholz was honored to recently work with the Fisher House Charleston, a non-profit organization that provides temporary accommodations to veterans and their families while receiving medical attention at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina. The Fisher House works completely off of donations to assist their mission and support their military community.