White Paper Abstract

Critical and Hypercritical Facilities™: Security Considerations

By: Staff

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.

Security thinking and programming must be broadly conceived. It must address the site, the equipment, the applications, the people and the information that comprise the internal and external world of a critical facility. Every factor which impacts the ultimate supply/service chain to the customer should be considered. Moreover, security compliance programs should be defined, implemented, routinely evaluated and updated for changing conditions. This white paper is intended to identify important security considerations relevant to both the mission critical operations and to the critical mission of the enterprise.

It is important to define security as it relates to these facilities: Security is the extent of protection undertaken against a threat such as the unauthorized access, disruption of operations, theft, corruption of information, or physical damage to an organization’s personnel and assets.

Security, just as uptime and reliability, is a threshold concept that must be pervasive through-out an organization and can achieve a competitive advantage, in many situations. Firms need to have in place regular, third party security audits as a part of a prudent management. Security controls and compliance programs should be board mandated to address regulatory compliance issues. Global best practice suggests that the most successful and reliable high-performance facilities are those that make security a fundamental consideration spanning the entire life cycle of the facility.

Security for a critical facility includes both preventative considerations and multiple levels of safeguards. This white paper provides specific and practical guidance as well as a general process outline for implementing these measures, including policies and procedures to improve the protection of mission critical facilities.

The white paper is organized into two sections:

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