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Reducing a Church's Exposure to Risk

As a group, churches are considered high-risk by insurance companies and it is reflected in their soaring premiums. There are sound reasons for the disparity in insurance costs. Collectively, churches are easy targets for internal and external theft. There is open access to computers, copiers, and media devices. Sound and AV equipment is often high-end and extremely expensive. Musicians leave their various instruments including keyboards at the church unsecured and unattended.

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Securing America's Telecommunications Infrastructure

The threat of terrorism and a succession of devastating hurricanes, tornados, and floods emphasize our country’s dependence on an effective national telecommunications infrastructure. Telecommunication companies are a critical part of America’s infrastructure and key to securing our homeland in times of emergency. Reliable, resilient communication services can provide the bridge between emergency responders, firefighters, and law enforcement for cohesive emergency management.

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Securing Remote Access and Theft Prevention

TSA regulatory requirements state that airport operators must show control of all the access points in their air operations area (AOA). For most airports, this means securing hundreds of remote access points and managing access for hundreds of key holders. Threats of insider theft by personnel add another layer of concern for airport operators. After 9/11, many airport systems were upgraded to increase security, but still for many, an update is crucial. An estimated shelf life of an access control system today is about 15 years old, with many airports utilizing systems over 25 years old.

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Water Utility Security: Challenges and Solutions

The repercussions from 9/11 and continued terrorist threats have put increased pressure on water utilities to secure their physical assets and electronically track anyone that accesses their facilities. Acting under the authority of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed vulnerability assessment guidelines to help water utilities evaluate their susceptibility to potential threats and identify corrective actions needed to reduce risks. Although the EPA is our country’s designated water utility enforcement agency, there are no provisions in the water security regulations that give the EPA authority to enforce compliance. Nevertheless, a growing number of water facilities consider security essential to their operations and are giving it precedence.

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