Security vulnerability assessment (SVA) revealed
Many industrial processing plants have already screened their facilities and operations for security vulnerability potential and are conducing SVA on the high priority concerns. So where do they go from here?By R. Peter Stickles, Henry Ozogan, and Sanjeev Mohindra, ioMosaic Corp.
WHY IS A security vulnerability assessment (SVA) important? Well, as we now know, security threats can come from internal or external adversaries. While the likelihood of the terrorist threat is arguable, the consequences for a company -- aside from the obvious losses -- could be quite harsh. First, any significant emergency response effort due to a processing plant attack would become a news media event. This guarantees high visibility. Second, if it were learned that the company had completely ignored the security risk and was unprepared, there would be a public outcry. In addition, the industry has already been drawn into Homeland Security initiatives, whether it likes it or not So chemical and energy companies need to address the risk to some extent, but how much is an ongoing debate.
Understanding the security risk is a necessity. Chemical and energy companies need to address the risk to some extent, but how much is an ongoing debate. The question is where do we go from here?
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