In the heartland of the nation is a highly secure facility occupied by multiple public and private sector tenants, including government agencies and Fortune 500 enterprises with precious assets and high-threshold requirements for storage and physical security.

The vast complex includes miles of roadway encompassing more than 100 acres. Every day, thousands of personnel enter the site including employees as well as vendors and contractors.

Critical Infrastructure Is Held to a Higher Security Standard

The Chief Security Officer of the corporation that owns and operates the facility put it bluntly. “Security is everything here,” she said. “What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? And what should we do to fix it?” Hillard Heintze had been selected for this assignment based on our team members’ 30 years of experience protecting U.S. critical infrastructure and key resources as well as the formal, authorized status of its personnel, headquarters and security operating practices with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that share related missions.

With Better Insight, Key Resources Can Be Better Allocated

The analysis, key findings and recommendations emerging from this review have been used to form the foundation of the security strategy, program and operations at this venue.

Unplugged: The Project Manager’s Perspective

“The security at this facility was exceptional. Our team observed, reviewed and validated the use of best practices throughout the complex. As with any multi-tenant facility, however, much of the risk lies in the discrepancies in security practices across tenants. We helped the client bring a closer focus on standardizing certain practices, and integrating critical security operations across the facility.”

The ACTION WEDNESDAY Tool Box: Two Key Take-Aways

  1. Visit the DHS website page on Critical Infrastructure Sectors. Many of our corporate clients’ various security, risk management and financial teams are surprised to find that their enterprise’s assets, operations and processes are eligible for support from various DHS-supported grants and programs.
  2. Have your Chief Security Officer or other high-level risk management executive apply for a Classified Government Security Clearance. If your company owns, operates, leases or is responsible for assets that represent critical infrastructure/key resources to the U.S. government, then your key security-related decision makers may be approved to receive classified information of major value to your security operations through the DHS Protective Security Advisor (PSA) program.
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