This month is National Infrastructure Security Month. The risks to our critical infrastructure continues to evolve. As our world grows more interconnected, and our infrastructure grows more interdependent with other systems and functions, we must look at our risks from both a physical and cyber perspective. By raising awareness and promoting preparedness on the safety and security of our infrastructure, we can make our cities and towns a safer place.
Soft Targets and Crowded Places
The places where people gather form the heart of American communities. Ordinary places like parks, concerts, shopping centers, museums, movie theaters, sports arenas, and even office buildings are also places where we expect to feel safe and secure, but often they are most at risk for safety and security concerns. Adversaries realize this as well, and in recent years terrorists and extremists have shifted tactics to focus on what we call soft targets and crowded places. Attackers can often carry out simple, low-cost attacks using whatever is at hand—a vehicle, small arms, knives or improvised explosive devices. Such an attack might require few resources and very little planning, making it hard—but not impossible—to identify and thwart a would-be attacker.
Tips to consider for what you can do:
- Host tenant training seminars on different emergency situations and procedures
- Plan and put in place the policies and procedures your organization needs for emergency management
- Connect with local responders, and learn about each other’s responsibilities during an incident
- Report suspicious activity to local authorities
Tips to Promote Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness
- Include messaging about the importance of infrastructure in newsletters, mailings, and websites
- Promote collaboration within your community on infrastructure security and safety issues
- Educate your employees about critical infrastructure issues and how they relate to your mission and the security environment of your office
- Encourage clients, stakeholders, and counterparts to learn about critical infrastructure, and the importance of a whole-of-community effort for security and resilience
- Know the specific risks in your area, by tailoring messages to the specific risks in your area, you can make your outreach more effective and help your community prepare for the most likely events
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).