The need to secure federal, state and local government infrastructure and property is an ever-constant issue. At no point in time can any organization be completely assured that all measures that can be taken have been taken, and then forget about the issue.
The security of government buildings is one such area that now faces more and more risk, owing especially to the multitude of threats aimed at the government from potential bad actors both international and domestic.
Unlike traditional approaches, terrorists, saboteurs and religious extremists are now targeting government infrastructure in an ever-evolving sphere of modern war. Consequently, the federal, state and local governments must approach the security of buildings from a new perspective.
Prior to 1995, when the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) was created in response to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, there were literally no minimum physical security standards in place for non-military federal facilities.
But times have most definitely changed. The ISC is now governed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the organization today aims to enhance and improve security in all non-military federal facilities, regardless of whether the facility is owned, managed or leased by the U.S. government.
What does this mean for your Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, Bucks County or Montgomery County business? For starters, the ISC’s government facility security standards and best practices could be used as a blueprint of sorts to help security professionals implement their own mandatory standards and security policies.
The ISC’s security standards are updated on a regular basis; they can be accessed on the official website of the DHS.