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Mitigating Risks At Oil And Gas Facilities

Posted by Russell Ost | Jan 19, 2018 3:45:13 PM

Oil and gas facilities produce essential materials that form the foundation of much of our society. As such, they are highly attractive targets for sabotage, terrorism, protest, and other incursions that can threaten employees, products, or the facility itself. Protecting one of these facilities requires extremely stringent security, also must allow for the flow of daily operations, such as providing access to contractors, vendors and temporary personnel. In addition, security must not hamper the consistent maintenance necessary to keep the facility running.

Security teams often prioritize the entrances and exits of these facilities in order to prevent sabotage, installing strict access control protocols to ensure only authorized people are allowed entry. However, this often leaves the perimeter of an oil and gas facility a significant security vulnerability. Security at the perimeter is often limited to fencing which is easily scaled or driven-through, too-easily-triggered alarms that may produce false alerts, and cameras which are mostly useful for investigating a breach after it has occurred. Preventing perimeter breaches tends to be a fairly low priority that can incur significant risks.

There are security solutions on the market that can help to reduce the threat of perimeter breaches that allow in unauthorized persons, do damage to structures and products, and wreak havoc for security personnel who may be required elsewhere. Integrations and analytics software that automate monitoring and threat identification along the perimeter and within the exterior premises can keep a watchful eye while allowing security officers to monitor denser threat locations. Notifications can also be enabled on many perimeter analytics, ensuring that security personnel can respond to perimeter threats quickly, helping to ensure that officers correctly respond to the proper location among the fast perimeter of a large oil and gas facility. Many of these integrations are highly capable, monitoring both sides of the perimeter to detect possible potential breaches as well as occurrent breaches, filter out false alarms caused by animals, wind, or trash, and even alert authorities if necessary.

By automating perimeter security, your surveillance system can dramatically reduce the need for patrolling security officers at distant parts of the facility, ensure that officers are only sent out in the case of a real emergency, and lower the need for stringent physical security that may otherwise disrupt the daily operations of an oil and gas facility. In addition, by lowering the human element in place for monitoring these locations, false alarms can be reduced, and response times can be quicker than any human officer could provide, ensuring quicker action in the case of a real emergency.

An oil and gas facility is already a dangerous place, providing some of the most essential goods of our day to day modern life. Disrupting or destroying these facilities is a tempting target for anyone looking to make a statement, and as such, security at the perimeter needs to go beyond just access control. Installing perimeter security integrations and analytics on your surveillance system can help to ensure that oil and gas facilities can keep functioning and prevent threats to their employees and products by protecting their overall facility.

Written by Russell Ost