They call it “critical” for a reason. The so-called “critical infrastructure” is composed of the basic services that citizens have come to depend on, and which are necessary to support society and ensure national stability. The term includes high-visibility segments such as airports, refineries, transportation, wastewater, nuclear reactors, electric utilities, pipelines, and more. Because these functions are so critical, the stakes of providing security are higher than for any other market. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of critical infrastructure facilities?
From terrorist threats to vandalism, the challenges of protecting critical infrastructure are varied and abundant. Fortunately, the physical security market provides many technology solutions to address these challenges, as enumerated by our Expert Panel Roundtable respondents, despite the fact that, as one of our panelists points out, it's almost impossible to prevent every attack. However, this does not lessen our responsibility to keep trying. The latest technologies provide valuable tools in our efforts.