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Energy Resilience

Is Pipeline Security Adequate?

America’s got a lot in the pipeline. More specifically, the United States hosts 2.7 million miles of pipelines that transport oil, natural gas, and other fossil fuels to create energy. These fuels are hazardous and potentially explosive, and in a March report the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) argued that they are making pipeline security a national security issue.

“Ongoing threats against the nation’s natural gas, oil, and refined product pipelines have heightened concerns about the security risks,” wrote CRS in its report, Pipeline Security: Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress.

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Focus on Active Assailant

Active Assailant, Unarmed Officer

Active shooter attacks often end when the perpetrator is apprehended or killed by law enforcement, or when the attacker commits suicide—rarely do assailants run or escape. Having security guards onsite may mitigate the chances of an attack, but this type of embedded response is no guarantee that the attacker will be deterred or stopped.

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Breaking News

New York City Blackout Officials of Con Edison, which operates the city’s power grid, said there was “a significant electrical transmission disturbance” at 6:47 p.m. on Saturday that left 72,000 of its customers on the West Side of Manhattan without power until late into the night. But they provided scant insight into the underlying cause of the failure, which came on the 42nd anniversary of one of the most infamous blackouts in the city’s history.

Focus on Cybersecurity

Digital Threats to High Value Targets

The threat of compromising someone’s digital security to create a physical threat to an individual or an organization is on the rise.

Focus on Cybersecurity

How to Bridge the Gap

Once siloed, cyber and physical security teams are now working together to address corporate risk.

Security Management Podcast

October 2019: Designing Security with CPTED, Plus Entertainment Security

How does the new screening center at the Washington Monument enable security without compromising visitors’ experiences? Jill Cavanaugh of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in Washington D.C. breaks it down. Plus, Stevan Bernard discusses the state of security in the entertainment industry—from piracy to location risk assessments to talent protection—with SM Highlights host Chuck Harold.