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Mission Critical vs. Critical Mission Thinking: An Enterprise-Oriented Methodology
This white paper provides background information on these factors and presents a unique framework to address these and other significant concerns. The concerns are addressed in a manner focusing upon the critical mission(s) of the organization, and are oriented toward generating operational improvements.
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Critical and Hypercritical Facilities™: Security Considerations
While security in critical facilities settings has always been a concern, today’s operating environment demands that security issues be elevated to greater levels. Regulatory and prudent management factors have traditionally driven security concerns and programs, but emerging issues such as new forms and frequencies of threats, and judicial determinations of liability for security breaches, have moved security issues at critical facilities onto the agendas of boards of directors and senior executives at many organizations. In addition, security is rapidly becoming a competitive advantage in a number of industries, as customers and clients have become more sophisticated in their demands regarding how their information is safeguarded from unauthorized access or use.
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Services & Maintenance: Security Merge
Nov 12, 2013
If you are going to retrofit security into your facility, understanding what your vulnerabilities are and taking into account operational changes that your new security program will require are important to your ultimate success.
Off Camera | Security assessments can help school security
Sep 01, 2010
Weaving security into any school or university requires involvement from the security consultant prior to facility design. Thinking outside the camera will allow today’s administrators to prevent crime through environmental design by incorporating real, effective defense into every aspect of their facility, taking security to the next level: 2.0.
Securing the Data Center and its Data
Aug 16, 2010
The nature of the mission critical environment and its uptime demands require holistic security design to be holistic. The two part process laid out here considers all potential impacts on the facility, allowing security to be woven into the data center's design from day one, creating a more reliable mission critical environment.
Communication Key to Successful Fire Evacuation Plan
Apr 01, 2010
Part 2 of of Fighting Fire with Forethought: The best fire emergency plan in the world won't do much good unless people know about it. Both building occupants and facility staff should have copies of the plan, learn the plan and practice the plan.
Wireless Building Controls- Part 1: Security and Reliability of Wireless BA
Feb 01, 2010
As the popularity of PDAs and iPhones continues to soar, people are becoming more and more accustomed to having information at their fingertips wirelessly. Couple that with the growing number of homes equipped with wireless controls for everything from window blinds to surround sound, and people start expecting that level of wireless control everywhere. Top executives are starting to ask, if I can have it at home, why can't I have wireless control in my facility? Dawn MacFadyen answers their questions.
BAS: Brainy Buildings
Jan 01, 2010
Advances in a range of building IT systems can help building owners get the full value out of intelligent buildings, thus improving performance for the building while lowering energy use, costs and harmful emissions. Lates systems for Power Monitoring Equipment and Subsystems, Critical Facilities, Multimedia Audio Visual, Access Controls, Security, Lighting, and Fire Protection are reviewed.
Four Building Security Hot Spots
Aug 06, 2009
Understanding security trends and technologies is crucial, especially in a recession when crime often increases. Complacency is not a good reason to cut security from the budget. Read about what facility executives should be aware of to avoid an upswing in security incidents.
NFPA-72-2010 Dedicated to Mass Notification Systems
Jul 07, 2009
Experts agree that the time is right for the regulation of mass-notification systems. The need is driven in large part by the fact that effective mass notification depends on complex and coordinated interaction between multiple systems. In response to this emerging need, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued guidelines and recommendations for mass notification as Annex E to its NFPA-72-2007 fire code.