Digital and physical environments have converged, and technology is now embedded in our critical infrastructure. And as much of the world’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, the first line of defense against attacks lay squarely in the hands of corporations. The data it generates is vital to our daily lives. Sectors – including energy, communications, and finance – are the first to encounter security threats. Securing these assets goes beyond day-to-day operational needs, taking on many aspects of a public good.
Effective critical infrastructure protection efforts share key central principles: trustworthy plans and policies, resilient operations, and innovation investments. To help infrastructure stakeholders advance resiliency and security globally, Straife aligns narrowly focused disciplines into an all-encompassing program. We possess a deep understanding of the need for resilience so that physical and cyber data can be recovered quickly and efficiently with as little disruption as possible. Our cyber and facility security, information technology, and risk subject matter experts work closely with architects and engineers, providing tailored solutions that mitigate threats, minimize risks, align security investments to industry-specific standards, and greatly reduce the impact of an incident.
Effective critical infrastructure risk management requires a focus on resiliency. Resiliency requires comprehensive preparedness for all-hazards events, which can include cyber attack, physical attack, natural disaster, mechanical breakdown, human error, or any combination therein. Straife’s critical infrastructure professionals understand the importance of successfully managing, rather than simply avoiding, risks and incidents. We work with private stakeholders to identify assets of the greatest importance and then help assess, prioritize, and manage related risks. Our critical infrastructure risk mitigation services include: Internal Process Assessment, Organizational Needs Assessment, Deficiency Identification, Physical and Cyber Security Threat Modeling, and Physical and Cyber Penetration Testing.
Critical Infrastructure Protection is not an end state, but a continuum. It’s an ongoing process of activities designed to complement and work alongside traditional organizational risk management frameworks, practices, and standards. Straife subject matter experts draw upon shared expertise to create a strategic framework that can be used to focus on the national, regional, or sectoral levels with the goal of continually improving and enhancing this resource for critical infrastructure protection efforts globally. Through our effective program development and implementation services, we help businesses with Security Protocol Review and Development, Continuity Of Operations and Resiliency Planning, Capacity Building, and Best Practices Advisory.
While trustworthy policies and plans articulate stakeholders’ priorities and guide subsequent critical infrastructure protection efforts, organizations must still ensure activities adhere to those priorities. Straife subject matter experts work with infrastructure stakeholders to ensure employees are well-versed and compliant in all operational and security functions. industry-specific training includes In-Person and Virtual Training through a “Train the Trainers” model, Virtual Learning Platform Development and Management, and Continuing Education and Refreshers.
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