Not all industries share the same risks. While many risks can be identified for almost all types of industries, there are an abundance of risks that are inherent to specific industries and must be treated in accordance to that industry’s regulations and standards. Conversely, while a number of risks may be shared across several industries, the prioritizing, mitigation solutions and procedures may vary according to the industry. Understanding an industry’s associated risks as well as the how to successfully deal with them comes from education and experience.
We have vast global experience in a plethora of industries identifying, mitigating, and managing industry specific risks; either shared or inherent, which allows us to provide professional counsel to the decision makers, allowing them to make the most educated and appropriate risk mitigation decisions when designing and developing risk defense programs.
Understanding industry risks along with the necessary compliance to regulator programs, up-to-date technologies and proven mitigation solutions allows for successful risk defense programs and demonstrated asset protection. Please review the list of industries below to get a better understanding of our professional experience.
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards are a set of regulated security standards and protocols that are required for any organization that maintains any of the chemicals listed on the Chemicals of Interest (COI) index and in the quantities identified as critical. The standards are based on a tier system that is appointed by DHS after an analysis is conducted via a Top-Screen survey of the facility. The standards to be followed will be determined by the tier delegated.
CFATS does not only apply to chemical facilities. Any location that maintains chemicals on the COI index, in critical quantities must comply with these regulations.
Occupational Safety and Heath Act (OSHA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for regulating and maintaining compliance of the safety and health standards developed under OSHA. Through workplace inspections, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ensures private businesses maintain a safe working environment for all employees.
Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)
The Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program is regulated and overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), intended to increase the security of supply chains against terrorism and sabotage. C-TPAT is a completely volunteer program. However, businesses that follow and comply with C-TPAT standards gain extensive benefits such as reduced CBP inspections and front-of-the-line inspection priority.
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation is charged with developing and enforcing security standards for electrical utility companies, power grid facilities and bulk power systems. Effective reduction of risks, resiliency planning and early sabotage recognition are just a few of the areas identified and regulated by NERC standards.
Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)
The Maritime Transportation Security Act provides for the enforcement of implemented security measures for all maritime vessels, facilities and ports considered of high-risk. The U.S. Coast Guard is charged with monitoring these sites and ensuring their compliance to the regulations.
Maritime Security (MARSEC)
MARSEC is a three-tiered threat communication system that reflects the current threat levels associated with maritime security. Maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, each level has distinct security requirements that must be enacted when that threat level is attained. Adherence to approved security plans and compliance with MTSA regulations are all requirements of the MARSEC system.
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare & Certification (JCAHO)
The accreditation obtained through a successful JCAHO inspection is of vital importance for the financial well being of all hospitals and healthcare facilities. Adherence to the regulations established for the security and safety section of the inspection is necessary for a successful outcome and being awarded the coveted accreditation.
We have provided professional counsel for the design and development of risk defense programs for some of the most iconic high-rise buildings throughout the world. Our expertise in this industry is based on decades of experience partnering with building owners and management companies to provide world class protection strategies.
We have provided professional services for the protection of government facilities and properties. The Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy and Strategic Petroleum Reserves are just a few of the agencies we have successfully assisted and maintain continued positive relationships.
Critical Infrastructure refers to assets identified as vital to the functioning of a society and its economy. We have successfully designed professional risk defense programs and resiliency plans for critical infrastructure assets, domestic and foreign. We maintain a close relationship with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Petrochemical Plants and Oil Refineries
We have vast, global experience in the protection of petroleum facilities and the design of mitigation solution for the risks inherent to the petroleum industry. We assist in the design of all associated risk defense programs and ensure compliance with all regulatory standards as well as established industry and corporate policies.
Educational Facilities & Campuses
Developing and maintaining proper risk defense programs for the protection of children and individuals while attending learning facilities is very important to us. We have been involved in the successful design and development of dozens of educational institution security and emergency management control measures and mitigation strategies.
We have a deep understanding of the risks associated with the production industry. Safety program development and information security program design for the protection of intellectual property as well as a defined business continuity and resiliency plan are necessary components for world-class protective measures in this industry.
Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities
Having provided consulting services to the Greater New York Healthcare Association (GYNYHA), we have worked with most of the major hospital and healthcare facilities in New York City. We assist these organizations with the development of their risk defense programs and help prepare them for their JCAHO inspections.
A background in military defense tactics combined with commercial protection strategies and mitigation solutions are required for the protection of assets in high risk environments. We have assisted organizations in the development of mitigation solutions in these environments and the successful protection of assets and lives.
Office Buildings & Complexes
This industry accounts for most of our provided services. We identify the most appropriate mitigation solutions during the risk management process and design effective, efficient and non-obtrusive procedures and protocol that provide the necessary protections while allowing for workflow convenience.
Utilities & Power Grids
Being identified as Critical Infrastructure, Utilities and Power Grids are vital for the services they provide. We have global experience in the protection of these facilities and a comprehensive understanding of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) regulatory standards for required compliance.
With many of us possessing a background in the military, we know what it takes to secure military installations. We partner with military and government organizations to assist in the protection of these facilities and assure the protection of our men and women in uniform from sabotage and all forms a malicious attacks.
Facilities maintaining volatile chemicals were the first to be regulated after 9/11 for the mitigation of risks associated with terrorist activities. Compliance with CFATS regulations for businesses maintaining chemicals listed on the COI index and in critical volumes is of paramount importance to the protection of the facility as well as surrounding populated areas.
Financial Institutions require layered physical security and information security controls to ensure a positive defense in depth to mitigate the risks associated to the industry. Advance command and control centers employing state-of-the-art technologies and proactive protocols are indicative of the industry’s protective measures.
Warehouse and Supply Chains
Securing supply chains is vital not only to the company due to shrinkage, but also important to our society, to ensure no unauthorized or potentially dangerous materials are unknowingly introduced through our borders from foreign territories. Businesses that participate in the C-TPAT program gain incentives that can minimize time in transit.
Public & Private Events
Soft targets and events that draw high volume crowds require unique and active mitigation strategies. Due to the “openness” of these events, normal protection protocols won’t defend against the inherent threats associated within these industries. Counter-intelligence, sabotage recognition and early threat identification practices are necessary.