Perimeter Security

Posted on 14, Nov | Posted by William F. Booth, CPP

Every security program must be an integrated whole and each element must grow out of the specific needs dictated by the circumstances affecting the facility to be protected. Nevertheless, the first and basic defense is still the outer perimeter of the facility. Planning this defense is neither difficult nor complicated, but it is the product of common sense. Whereas the engineering and design of an electronic security management system requires particular sophistication and expertise, the implementation of an effective physical security program is the result of conventional wisdom and a lot of legwork expended during a security assessment.

A basic security concept is to design a series of layers so that highly protected assets are within a configuration of multiple barriers. Barriers are commonly utilized to discourage three types of penetration – accidental, by force, and by stealth. A properly installed barrier should clearly warn a potential penetrator to “Keep Out”. There should be no accidental or inadvertent penetration.

Barriers may be divided into two general categories – natural and structural. Natural barriers include terrain difficult to traverse and other topographical features that assist in impeding or denying access to an area. Structural barriers are manmade and include landscaping, ditches, fences, and walls. A structural barrier physically and psychologically deters or discourages the undetermined, delays the determined, and channels the flow of authorized traffic through proper entrances.
natural barrier open area near waternatural barrier river
bollard in parking areafence

Fencing

The most common type of structural barrier normally used for protection is a chain link fence. Fencing an area will only delay, not permanently prevent, an entry attempt. Therefore, fencing must be supplemented or enhanced by other countermeasures such as signage and security patrols. Nevertheless, a fence can be a valuable element in an integrated protection scheme.
man climbing fencesecurity fence with three barriers

Signage

Any barrier utilized must be supplemented or enhanced by other countermeasures such as signage. In keeping with this philosophy to be a “good neighbor” and have an open campus environment for lawful and undisruptive use, a signage program to clearly define the expectations of the administration should be deployed. Two categories of signs, the command sign and the informational sign, are predominantly used. Command signs tell people what to do or not to do. Examples are “No Trespassing”, “No Admittance”, and “Visitors must register at the front office.” Informational signs may alert the reader to a potential danger or give other information. Examples are “Hazardous Materials” and “No Smoking”.
posted no trespassing keep out signstop wait for gate to close sign

Vegetation and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

In security applications the concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is one that is prominently used. The concept emphasizes that lighting, vegetation management, traffic flow, pedestrian flow, and other physical attributes can be manipulated to lessen the opportunity of a crime-related event occurring in a particular location.

Security industry standards suggest that foliage be trimmed to allow for casual surveillance. Tree limbs should be trimmed seven feet from the ground and shrubbery trimmed to 24 inches high.
overgrown bushes and trees reduce casual surveillanceovergrown bushes reduce casual surveillance

Building Perimeter

Another layer of security continues with building access control. An excellent tool to control access requires the determination, not less than annually, of the minimum number of exterior doors that should be unlocked at any given time. Whenever possible, it should be the policy to manage access by utilizing only those exterior doors that are practical and/or absolutely necessary to the day-to-day operation.
open exterior dooropen exterior door

Continue reading

RMA Presents Continuing Education Training

Posted on 15, Apr | Posted by RMA

RMA presented six hours of training to students in Raleigh, NC. Rusty Gilmore provided training on Computer Forensics. Billy Green presented A Pragmatic Approach to the Terrorist Threat. Tasha Dyson taught a course on Report Writing and Documentation. Mike Epperly provided information on Legal Issues for Private Investigators.

Each of these classes is new or has been updated in 2013. All classes have been approved for credit through PPSB.

Effective January 1, 2012, all PPSB license holders must have completed 12 hours of approved continuing education credit to qualify for license renewal. RMA has developed training programs that are relevant to practice as a private investigator and protection and security professional and is offering these in one-day seminars. Our goal is to provide opportunities for licensees to obtain the required CEU’s and to provide interesting and relevant instruction on protection and investigative topics. The next training sessions will be held on June 10 in Raleigh, NC. Students can register and pay online on the Continuing Education page of our website.

Continue reading

FEDCON

Posted on 5, Oct | Posted by Donna J. Richards

RMA will be attending the FEDCOM Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 10-11, 2012. United States Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center will be hosting the 2012 North Carolina Federal Construction (FEDCON) & Infrastructure Summit.

The FEDCON Summit will bring together over 800 representatives of the Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U. S. Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA Public Buildings Service, other federal agencies and installations, general and specialty contractors, designers and construction suppliers in North Carolina. Keynotes speakers scheduled to attend include Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina), Major General Todd T. Semonite (Deputy Commanding General, US Army Corps of Engineers), and Rear Admiral Douglas G. Morton (Commander, Naval Facilities Command, Atlantic). The Summit program will focus on new federal construction, sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) and energy-related construction opportunities and federal contracting processes in North Carolina. The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking.

Continue reading

RMA Awarded Technical Editor Position and Resource Assistant Position

Posted on 1, Oct | Posted by RMA

Risk Management Associates has been awarded a contract to provide a Technical Editor and a Resource Assistant dedicated to NAVFAC ESC in Port Hueneme, California.

As the central point of quality control and organization, the Technical Editor position is a critical component in the success of the NAVFAC ATFP program. This position helps to extend the professionalism and image of the NAVFAC ATFP organization by ensuring documents are free of mistakes, errors, and omissions.

In addition to document reviews, this position will track and manage the program support by creating document review forms, generating report numbers, working with Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), inventorying the reports in all NAVFAC ESC technical library systems, developing technical report templates and guidelines, and working with report authors to meet delivery schedules. Specifically, and as a secondary responsibility, the Technical Editor will manage and support the NAVFAC eProject program for the Anti-terrorism Assessment and Studies Team (AAST) in populating, tracking and updating the program.

The Resource Assistant is the Antiterrorism Class Registrar and will be the point of contact for all Antiterrorism Workshops. In the role as point of contact for the Antiterrorism Workshops, the Resource Assistant responsibilities will include but not be limited to providing detailed information to interested parties on workshops and providing assistance to attendees on payments, sponsorships, confirmations, and certificates. In addition to being point of contact for Antiterrorism Workshop, the Resource Assistant will provide additional antiterrorism support to the Antiterrorism Service Branch and the Branch Director and their designee(s).

Continue reading

RMA Awarded Project Management Contract for NC State Bar Headquarters

Posted on 17, Apr | Posted by RMA

Risk Management Associates, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide Project Management and Final Close-out of the installation of the electronic security systems previously designed for the new headquarters of the North Carolina State Bar. In addition to the Project Management, RMA will provide services to evaluate and select a visitor visitation system that will become part of the overall project.

CJMW Architecture designed the North Carolina State Bar’s new headquarters building to be located in Raleigh’s State Government Complex at the corner of Edenton and Blount Streets. The $16 million, 4-story and approximately 60,000 square foot building will house offices for the NC State Bar, a state agency charged with the regulation of the state’s licensed attorneys.

Continue reading

State Department launches counter-terror bureau for threats abroad

Posted on 9, Jan | Posted by RMA

If the definition of terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce for political or other reasons, then awareness is critical to counterterrorism.

We know you are in risk overload, but the fact that the federal government has created a Bureau of Counterterrorism beginning January 4, 2012, tells you that the threat is so great that the government is forced to take action. This announcement highlights the threat of terrorism. If the definition of terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce for political or other reasons, then awareness is critical to counterterrorism. Terrorism is just one of many risks that companies face in a global economy, and it depends on each of us to be educated and reinforce the importance of awareness and reporting.


State Department launches counter-terror bureau for threats abroad
GSN Magazine
By: Mark Rockwell

The U.S. Department of State officially established a Bureau of Counterterrorism on Jan. 4 that will support U.S. Government efforts to counter terrorism abroad.

In a fact sheet posted on the State Department’s Website, the agency said the new bureau will be the principal State Department link with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on counterterrorism strategy and operations. It will work in partnership with DHS, as well as other agencies and bureaus, to strengthen international cooperation on a wide range of homeland security issues, including transportation security, the interdiction of terrorist travel and critical infrastructure protection.

Daniel Benjamin, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism“We believe that this change will strengthen the State Department’s ability to carry out its counterterrorism mission around the world,” said Daniel Benjamin, coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in a Jan. 4 briefing on the announcement. “My office and the Department have been taking on a growing role in counterterrorism in recent years, moving well beyond coordination,” he said.

“The mission of the new bureau will be to lead the Department in the U.S. Government’s effort to counter terrorism abroad and to secure the United States against foreign terrorist threats,” said Benjamin. “The bureau will have a number of concrete responsibilities. In coordination with Department leadership, the National Security Staff, and U.S. Government agencies, other U.S. Government agencies, it will develop and implement counterterrorism strategies, policies, operations, and programs to disrupt and defeat the networks that support terrorism,” he said. “The bureau will lead in supporting U.S. counterterrorism diplomacy and seek to strengthen homeland security, countering violent extremism, and build the capacity of partner nations to deal effectively with terrorism.”

The new bureau will assume the responsibilities of the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. That office had coordinated all U.S. government efforts to improve counter-terrorism cooperation with foreign governments and participates in the development, coordination, and implementation of American counterterrorism policy.

Benjamin said the new bureau has a unique set of tools for bilateral diplomacy and for training in a range of counter-terror activities, including staunching fundraising, border security and regional laws

He noted that some countries who see terror as a legitimate tool — like Iran — present “serious challenges,” but added since 9/11 countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Qatar, and others have stepped up with greater cooperation. “There have just been tremendous strides, and frankly, we’re hoping that this Global Counterterrorism Forum will build on those strides and that terrorist – counterterrorism experts will be able to exchange best practices and identify problems and design solutions in a way that we haven’t been able to before on a multilateral basis,” he said.

Continue reading

RMA Exhibits at ArchEx

Posted on 7, Nov | Posted by RMA

RMA booth at ArchEX2011Risk Management Associates, Inc. was an exhibitor at ArchEx, held November 2 – 4 in Richmond, VA.

Architecture Exchange East, presented by the Virginia Society AIA, is the mid-Atlantic region’s premier conference and expo for architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and planners. ArchEx features over 60 educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and over 125 vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall.

Continue reading

RMA Awarded Technical Editor Position

Posted on 30, Sep | Posted by RMA

Risk Management Associates has been awarded a contract to provide a Technical Editor dedicated to NAVFAC ESC in Port Hueneme, California.

As the central point of quality control and organization, the Technical Editor position is a critical component in the success of the NAVFAC ATFP program. This position helps to extend the professionalism and image of the NAVFAC ATFP organization by ensuring documents are free of mistakes, errors, and omissions.

In addition to document reviews, this position will track and manage the program support by creating document review forms, generating report numbers, working with Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), inventorying the reports in all NAVFAC ESC technical library systems, developing technical report templates and guidelines, and working with report authors to meet delivery schedules. Specifically, and as a secondary responsibility, the Technical Editor will manage and support the NAVFAC eProject program for the Anti-terrorism Assessment and Studies Team (AAST) in populating, tracking and updating the program.

Continue reading

RMA Negotiates Second GSA Schedule Option

Posted on 22, Jul | Posted by RMA

GSA Contract HolderRisk Management Associates, Inc. (RMA) has successfully negotiated the second GSA Schedule Option extending our current contract through July 2016. This allows RMA to continue to offer government clients that same quality, vendor-independent security services under GSA Schedule Contract GS-07F-0292L.

Schedule 84: Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue, Clothing, Marine Craft and Emergency/Disaster Response – Marine Craft and Equipment is where federal contractors solve security-related mission requirements. RMA is pleased to have been a partner since we successfully negotiated our original contract in 2001. Additionally states, counties, and municipalities can also take advantage of the favorable pricing that the federal government has negotiated through the Cooperative Purchase Program. Under this program, any government entity can purchase services and equipment on Schedule 84 (Safety and Security) and Schedule 70 (IT). It guarantees “most favorable pricing”, allows for additional negotiation, and fulfills procurement requirements for agencies that have competitive purchasing programs.

Under this program, RMA, a full-service security consulting company specializing in antiterrorism and force protection (ATFP), physical security, system design and technology, law enforcement operations, bomb blast mitigation, and investigations, can continue to offer services that protect assets and reduce crime. We recognize the requirements set forth in the UFC, MCO, HSPD-12, CFR, NPR, FIPS-201, Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities, and other relevant documents, but we recognize that one size does not fit all when developing security solutions. We are solution providers that understand that security is not synonymous with technology but is a comprehensive and balanced application of people, processes, and technology that fits and enhances the organizations operation. RMA has over 23 years of experience securing US infrastructure and employs security experts in a wide array of security related disciplines with “real world” experience. At RMA we improve security, control access, and reduce controllable losses.

Continue reading

RMA Awarded Resource Assistant Position

Posted on 30, Sep | Posted by RMA

Risk Management Associates has been awarded a contract to provide a Resource Assistant dedicated to NAVFAC ESC in Port Hueneme, California.

The Antiterrorism Resource Assistant is the Antiterrorism Class Registrar and will be the point of contact for all Antiterrorism Workshops. In the role as point of contact for the Antiterrorism Workshops, the Antiterrorism Resource Assistant responsibilities will include but not be limited to providing detailed information to interested parties on workshops and providing assistance to attendees on payments, sponsorships, confirmations, and certificates. In addition to being point of contact for Antiterrorism Workshop, the Resource Assistant will provide additional antiterrorism support to the Antiterrorism Service Branch and the Branch Director and their designee(s).

Continue reading