Introducing PJM’s security council

Some of the nation’s experts in security will help ensure the continued reliability of the Northeast region’s electric power grid, PJM Interconnection, through the formation of the Security Advisory Council.

This group of security experts will provide independent and objective evaluations, appraisals and recommendations to PJM. Specifically, the council will advise PJM on the company’s physical and cyber security operations.

The council members are: Thomas W. Leo, security operations manager, Union Bank of Switzerland; Linnell E. Trimbell, senior manager, corporate security, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; and Barry L. Freedman, corporate security manager, Radianz.

“The council supports our achievement of a fundamental responsibility,” said Phillip G. Harris, PJM’s president and chief executive officer. “To ensure the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system, we must make certain that PJM’s security plans and operations are current with best practices.”

Barry Freedman

Freedman’s experience and skills enabled him to develop and manage organizations responsible for information systems, data centers, user and audit support, office automation, strategic planning, and security. In 1992 he was appointed as the regional security director for the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) a position he held until 1998, when it merged with Swiss Bank. As director, he built viable information and physical security programs, systems, and organizations that effectively met UBS risk management needs. Post merger, Freedman took on responsibility as the corporate security manager for a start up “dot com.” After leaving that role, he started an independent security consulting practice.

He completed his undergraduate degree in business at Drexel University and earned an MBA from Temple University. He holds professional certifications in information security and life and health insurance and teaches computer security at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY in New York. He is currently the principal of FCS Consulting Services in Newtown, PA.

“I think that the role of the Security Advisory Council is one of professional oversight. That is to objectively evaluate and advise PJM about how well its existing security program is operating, identify areas which need more or less attention and make appropriate recommendations to PJM management about the methods and means it can use to better manage its security risks,” Freedman stated.

“I found the opportunity to work with the council a refreshing and invigorating challenge. Taking the experiences and knowledge I’ve acquired over my professional lifetime and putting them to good use is its own reward. Better than that however, I feel as though I am doing a highly useful service for our community in helping to make sure that the risk management efforts being made by PJM effectively protect PJM and its customers.”

Linnell Trimbell

Trimbell is board-certified in security management, a certified protection professional with the American Society for Industrial Security. He has a B.S. in criminal justice from Northeastern University, and worked as criminal investigator for the U.S. Army.

He has twenty-five years of security and safety management experience, including his current position as senior manager, corporate security with the U.S. operations of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, a major global pharmaceutical based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Prior to his AstraZeneca career, Linn held several security management positions in the Massachusetts healthcare industry. Timbell has been both manager and director of corporate security for Astra USA and Astra Pharmaceuticals. Additionally,

he was director of security at Carney Hospital in Boston and director of public safety at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass.

“Many organizations are struggling to achieve minimal and adequate security programs. PJM leadership has chosen to add another measure of security to ensure protection for its Stakeholders. I am honored and excited to join the oversight of PJM security,” Trimbell stated.

Thomas Leo

A Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Leo, a certified protection professional, has enjoyed a varied career. After completing his military obligation, he left the Army to join General Motors as an engineer, serving in production departments and leading a training section, ultimately assuming security management responsibility for an 8000 person manufacturing facility.

He was an internal consultant at Burns Security Services; director of security for both the Schaefer Brewing Company and Penn Dixie Steel Corp. Leo was a member of the corporate security staff at DuPont, and later was responsible for security operations within the Western Hemisphere for the Union Bank of Switzerland. For the past three years, he has pursued an independent consulting career, specializing in threat and vulnerability analyses, security management problems, and the protection of information/intellectual property.

He has also served two terms on the professional certification board; two more terms on the board of directors of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He has also written a number articles on the subject of security.

“I’m pleased PJM has taken a strong preventative approach to security,” Leo said. “Too many companies wait until a problem occurs before addressing potential security issues. With the help of this Council, PJM will continue to be prepared and protected against such problems well in advance.

“As a security professional, I am very encouraged by this fact—that the PJM leadership has adopted a proactive, rather than reactive, posture towards security. They are planning ahead for contingencies rather than simply locking the barn door after the horse has already been stolen,” he added.

PJM currently coordinates a pooled generating capacity of more than 72,000 MW and operates a wholesale electricity market with more than 200 market buyers, sellers and traders of electricity. Visit PJM at www.pjm.com.

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