Manufacturing industry Security Requirements

Industrial firms have been focused on safety and productivity. However, recent threats to critical infrastructure have prompted a tightening of security measures. Common industrial security risks include workplace threats, violence, theft, pilferage, counterfeiting, sabotage, terrorist attacks, trespassing, activist disruption, vandalism, and contamination. Many manufacturing facilities are fairly accessible, and employee security awareness is often lacking or weak. To help safeguard physical and human assets, production plants and other vulnerable operations require an integrated security system that brings together multiple security technologies. The first step in any plant-wide security initiative is a site vulnerability assessment to determine possible gaps in protection. Current physical security requirements include:
  • identifying and controlling individuals who enter and exit the facility
  • tracking movements of building occupants and assets
  • controlling access to restricted areas
  • tracking and locating equipment, products, and other resources
  • tracking the location of personnel on site in the event of an incident
  • integrating control and security systems for greater speed and efficiency
  • protecting process automation networks and systems from potential intrusion
  • responding quickly to alarms and events

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