Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is the backbone and lifeblood of any country. Comprising the assets, services and systems that support economic, political and social life, it’s therefore essential to protect CNI from disruption, damage or destruction.
Should CNI become inaccessible or compromised, government, businesses, the economy and society as a whole could face grave consequences. HS Security delivers the solutions and products required to ensure the physical security of CNI, supporting clients across the globe in safeguarding their most important assets and protecting people.
To determine the best way to secure CNI, it’s important to understand the principles by which it’s underpinned. The principles of CNI protection are to:
Deter: Implement measures on site to stop or displace an attack
Detect: Verify an attack and initiate an appropriate response
Delay: Prevent an attack from reaching an asset, which includes taking measures to mitigate or minimise the consequences of an attack
Investing in physical security products such as those designed, developed and manufactured by HS Security helps to address these principles, protecting the CNI core with resistant, reliable and complementary layers.
Gaps in CNI security pose significant risk and should be diligently identified and precisely addressed in order to achieve effectual, practical and dependable physical CNI security.
To determine risk levels and highly vulnerable areas, HS Security recommends that any CNI client conducts what’s known as a “vehicle dynamic assessment” via a trusted and independent security consultant. Organisations can also contact the local Counter Terror Security Advisor attached to their local police force.
Once vulnerabilities have been identified, a CNI organisation should contact a product manufacturer or provider, such as HS Security. CNI typically demands protection against:
Unwanted vehicle access or vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Solutions must comply to the following standards.
Unwanted vehicle access or resistance against vandalism or force attacks. Solutions must comply to LPCB standards for fire and security systems.
The objective of CNI is to balance impenetrable physical security with the continual and unhindered daily operation of a site, whether on a temporary or permanent basis. Whatever level of physical security solution is required, it must be proportionate, effective and match site aesthetics. The following approaches can be taken depending on level of risk and threat:
If a site is not open to the general public and pedestrians, perimeter fencing, or a wire rope/beam system ensures that unauthorised people are kept separate and isolated from a site.
If the perimeter requires pedestrians and foot traffic to move freely onto a site, bollards and barriers connected with pedestrian portals ensure that vehicles do not breach the perimeter line unless authorised, but pedestrians remain at liberty to access the site.
Protecting the Physical Asset
If an asset must be locked away or protected from vandalism, acts of terrorism or contamination, access products such as high security access doors, portal covers, cabinets, kiosks, enclosures, walk-in modular buildings, mesh cages, partitions, panels, louvres and window bar sets effectively prevent authorised access and mitigate exceptional risk.
Secure Access Control
If a site needs to control vehicle access, physical barriers such as bollards, gates, blockers and rising arm barriers can prevent vehicle breaches and help to manage vehicle movements.
Additional access control methods are required to ascertain whether vehicles or people are authorised to pass physical barrier. In most high security scenarios, HS Security recommends a two-stage verification process.
A perimeter protection measure excluding vehicles but allowing pedestrian flow. Available to suit a variety of security profiles, colours, finishes and design requirements.
For larger vehicle-only entrances, vehicle barrier systems provide wide span, certified access control measures for the highest security applications.
For industrial access control, spans of up to 4.5 metres offer cost-effective security for large entrances and are tested to the highest security levels.
Designed for demarcation and to wholly exclude vehicles and pedestrians from an area. A variety of fences offer protection against impact and vandalism.
Single or twin-leaf door sets offer a range of secure and tested entry/exit doors. Security rated accessories and accredited fire-rated doors are also available.
Pre-assembled enclosures in various configurations come with a wide range of security rated accessories. LPCB certified; vandal and tamper proof, ideal for urban or industrial environment.
Walk-in modular buildings and mesh cages are available fully assembled, modular or ready for site assembly. Perfect for industrial security within a perimeter.
Restrict access to industrial and urban facilities. Available as reveal or face-bar fit sets, in singular or modular units and suitable for existing or new infrastructure. LPCB certified up to LPS 1175 Security Rating 4.
Mitigate the threat of hostile vehicles on events or temporarily crowded areas. Surface mounted and robustly built, errant vehicles will be prevented from harming people or Critical National Infrastructure.
Can be integrated with a variety of access control methods to control authorised vehicles moving in and out of a restrcted site or area. High security bollards are perfect for high security access points in both urban and industrial areas. Systems must be CE Mark compliant (BS EN ISO 13849:2015) - safety and machinery iniatitive.
Protect people and assets during temporary events with challenging topography. Overcomes cambers, raised kerbs and central reserves and provides excellent pedestrian and emergency vehicle access via reinforced access points.
Secure a temporary perimeter with one person and without lifting machinery. Lightweight, rapidly deployed and available in modular units, this system is ideal for short-term and lower-risk events or sites.
Keep assets secure when they undergo construction or change of use. Fixed in concrete block base panels and quick to deploy, isolate pedestrians and vehicles from a perimeter even on short deadlines.
Secure Critical National infrastructure and protect people in crowds. Temporary, surface-mounted and able to be integrated with other access barriers, ensure pedestrian flow is safe, quick and unhindered.
Simple and cost-effective, high-security emergency access gates are suitable to be installed across the public realm or to protect industrial perimeters. Manually operated to eliminate the need for hydraulics and to reduce the risk of electrical failure, these gates are designed to offer access to authorised emergency vehicles or occasional vehicle access within pedestrianised areas.
Guarantee a strong, resilient perimeter and secure sites from unauthorised access. Available as gates, turnstiles, road blockers or bollards and implemented to maintain the smooth running of site operations.