Critical Infrastructure Protection for Prisons

Dec 15, 2021 7:00:00 AM / by Michael Witt

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Making sure our prisons remain safe and breach-free is vital. That’s why having the right critical infrastructure in place is key. What exactly is critical infrastructure? Consider the steps taken to protect a building or the people that work and visit that building, or systems in place that are crucial to the operation of local and government resources. In this instance, prisons fall into the government facilities sector, but there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors overall.

While prisons are designed to provide correctional rehabilitation to individuals, the building, area, and people surrounding and inside the facility must be protected. This protection comes from the implementation of a number of methods including guard gates, cameras, and more strategic solutions. These solutions make sure prison security is heightened and the guards are prepared for anything.

Prison Critical Infrastructure

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act was designed to protect prisons from people who are attempting to enter or harm the facility without permission. Individuals with malicious intent will be liable for any damages to the facility. For those individuals or organizations who conspire to damage the critical infrastructure of any prison, they will be prosecuted.

This is why critical infrastructure security for prisons is so important. While these instances may seem unrealistic when watching them occur in a movie or on television, prison breaches and attempts are very real. Additionally, cybersecurity in prisons is continuously being challenged – from the connected devices to monitors and other security networks in place. With the right infrastructure in place, something so simple as a false alarm can result in everything getting locked down to make sure everything and everyone is in place and secure. While it may seem like a lot, this should be a normal protocol for a prison.

Target Hardening for Prisons

Effective target hardening in prisons is the key to ensuring safety and protection 24/7. This begins with a thorough threat and vulnerability assessment to pinpoint areas for improvement and to create a strong critical infrastructure plan for implementation. Working with an experienced team that can guide general contractors through the process makes a difference. This work should never be done without the expertise and guidance of consultants who understand the threats and vulnerabilities existing within a prison.

By utilizing a team of this nature, the scope will be laser-focused on physical and cybersecurity that maintains the physical and structural safety of the facility from the perimeter, exterior, and internal components.

Contact Kontek Indutries

There’s a reason why Kontek Industries works with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Corrections, and other governmental and law enforcement agencies to help create a strong critical infrastructure plan. We provide custom fabrication, target hardening, and threat and vulnerability assessment solutions to keep the facility and everyone who enters safe. In today’s climate, target hardening is more important than ever, and the Kontek Industries team knows what to do when to do it, and how things should be implemented.

For more information on how Kontek Industries can assist in keeping your prison facility safe and well-protected, or for a consultation with one of our security experts, contact our team today.

Topics: Critical Infrastructure, Threat Assessment, Target Hardening

Michael Witt

Published by Michael Witt

Michael Witt is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Kontek Industries. Michael is responsible for coordinating and executing sales strategies and marketing campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Kontek Industries, Michael was the Vice President of Sales of a U.S.-based physical security and surveillance company, where he managed a sales team supporting global security companies, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, law enforcement agencies, and various defense groups across the world. Michael Witt served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 – 2010 and conducted combat operations in Afghanistan on multiple deployments. Michael has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University.