Target Hardening For Government Facilities

Jan 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Michael Witt

Government facilities can be far more vulnerable than people might realize, an unfortunate fact when you consider the ramifications of a successful attack or severe natural disaster. Target hardening is the process of examining those vulnerabilities in detail. From there, you can design solutions that will prevent damage before it has the chance to threaten the people, the structure, or the grounds of the government facility. 

Taking the time to plan a solid target hardening strategy can have lasting benefits. It can be the key to preventing theft, destruction, and even death. We'll look at what you need to know about how buildings are accessed, what kinds of products can be used, and who can help if you have any questions. 

Target Hardening Products

Crash gates, proper lighting, surveillance (camera sensors), bollards: all of these are target hardening products that may prove useful when you're brainstorming. Even just putting up fencing can go a long way towards putting people off from an attack. However, it's critical that you base your decisions on the building itself and not on a catalog of technical gear.

Some threats are simply more probable than others, and like anything else in life, it pays to prioritize. While you want to be on the watch for less-likely threats, your focus should be who and what lies just beyond the borders. Whether it's a hacker from Eastern Europe or flood damage, target hardening sets up serious barriers that protect. 

Target Hardening Tactics 

A critical component of target hardening is who has access to what. From restricted areas of the building to confidential information, only qualified and vetted individuals should have certain privileges.

Access control systems work by ensuring that only those with the right credentials are entrusted to complete certain tasks. This also works to limit the number of unintentional errors, such as an unauthorized employee accidentally stumbling on the wrong information. However, there's also an art to target hardening.

The DMV might be a government facility, but it's also a public place that ultimately shouldn't be staffed with armed guards or barbed wire. Drivers are already on edge when they need to wade through all the paperwork and wait their turn. It's just as important to consider who you're trying to keep out as it is to who you're trying to welcome in. 

Contact Kontek Industries

You have every reason to question the security of your government facility, especially if it's home to important information. These institutions are so much more than brick and mortar, they're symbols of our country that can look far too tempting to the wrong crowd. Yet even if the facility is relatively unknown, it can still be at risk for weather damage or plain human error. 

Kontek Industries understands the individual threats that you're dealing with on a regular basis, which is why we offer both the products and the strategic advice that you need to make your property that much more protected from the elements.

While there's no such thing as an impenetrable bubble, there are ways to stop problems before they start or, at the very least, minimize the damage. Contact us today to see how we can help you find answers that are right for you. 

Topics: Threat Assessment, Target Hardening

Michael Witt

Written by Michael Witt