Understanding threats and mitigating risks

There is no question that in today's high-risk environment your organization needs to be protected. The real challenge lies in determining what you need to be protected from.

ARMADA’s comprehensive Risk Assessment uses various assessment tools to help its customers identify, analyze, and mitigate risk for its associates, assets, supply chain, information, and reputation. Our staff has conducted hundreds of assessments, domestically and internationally, putting us in a position to partner with your organization and mitigate risk.

To ensure your organization is properly prepared for a terrorist attack, natural disaster, information security breach, or other crisis, you must first understand your assets, threats, vulnerabilities and the potential consequences. In other words, it’s important to understand the risks to your organization. At ARMADA, we understand there are always more projects than time, and more projects than money. Therefore, as important as it is to know your risks, it is also necessary to prioritize them in a manner that allows decision makers to direct resources and funding to the most critical risk mitigation efforts. ARMADA will help you identify your current staffing, training, policies, technology, and exercising / training capabilities compared to industry best practices or compliance standards. We will help you transition your risk assessment findings into a usable format by developing a Security and Preparedness Master Plan, which prioritizes the mitigation efforts into one, three, and five-year timeframes. To complete this comprehensive process, ARMADA will deploy proven methodologies such as:

  • Observation / Recommendation Findings Assessment
  • Homeland Security - Security Threat & Vulnerability Assessments

We will review your staffing plans, security technologies, policies and procedures, training and awareness, and exercise procedures and will offer an in-depth evaluation of your organization's risk. We rank our findings by priority and provide you with comprehensive and cost-effective recommendations to improve your entity's overall safety and security. Our assessments can be modified and customized to meet the needs of any client, to include:

  • Commercial and industrial facilities
  • Retail centers and shopping malls
  • K-12 schools, universities, and other educational institutions
  • Business office complexes
  • Critical infrastructure (energy, water, gas)
  • Hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare providers
  • Stadiums, special event venues, concerts, state fairs, large festivals, etc.

The assessment may include the evaluation of the following:

  • Perimeter Protection:
    • Evaluation of lighting, vehicle traffic, parking lots/garages, pedestrian walkways and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). 
  • Architectural and Physical Security:
    • Evaluation of building construction, architecture, perimeters, entry / exit points, airplane hangers, loading docks, interior common areas, access to critical infrastructure and mechanical systems. 
  • Electronic Security Systems Enterprise Network (Technologies & Integration):
    •  CCTV, Access Control, Alarm, Mass Notification to verify placement and function of significant devices and the potential effectiveness of each system as they relate to deterring, detecting, delaying, or denying adversaries.
  • Policies, Procedures, and Protocols:
    • Determine whether there is a centralized policy/procedure process or “system.”  Evaluate key control measures; security policies and procedures; visitor, contractor, and client protocols; executive security; travel policy; mail delivery procedures; preparedness plans, K&R insurance; as well as security and law enforcement protocols 
  • Staffing Plans:
    • Evaluate security, crisis management, threat assessment and law enforcement staffing plans as they relate to prevention, incidents, response measures, deterrence, and special events or organizational sponsored off-site events.
  • Training & Awareness:
    • Employees, contractors, client representatives, administrative personnel, executives, security / law enforcement, first responders, community/parents, and vendors.
  • Internal Risk Mitigation:
    • Incident-reporting mechanisms, investigation processes, and security program improvement plans based on lessons learned.
  • All Hazard Emergency Preparedness & Response Plans:
    • Evaluate emergency operation plans, crisis management team plans, flip charts, evacuation maps, shelter maps, office numbering, color coding of the building, mass notification capabilities), relationship/partnership with local first responders, etc.