06 October 2019

A Renewed Sense of Courage: Readiness, Response, Recovery...

"Abqaiq is a single point of failure that could remove millions of barrels per day from the global oil market for an extended period if damaged badly enough. It has long been identified as the top security risk worldwide

For that reason, Abqaiq has been one of the most heavily protected places on the planet. Saudi Arabia has armed guards to protect the perimeter, and security forces actively target threats from foreign militants and domestic dissidents."  John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst.

Our U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection is a national priority.  Our state and local governments are still pressed to do more with less and to continue to keep such a vigilant force emotionally engaged. There is still frustration with the lack of public-private coordination, yet it is improving one step at a time.

The focus on Critical Infrastructure resilience programs centers upon these four objectives:

1. Prevention Planning

2. Impact of Loss Analysis (Economic/Local)

3. Cycle Time to Recovery

4. Understanding Interdependencies

The diverse set of stakeholders who own and operate these critical assets are continuously opening new doors of trust and cooperation. Yet the private sector is still timid to reveal it's greatest vulnerabilities and share in the risk with the public domain, to work on mitigating or reducing this exposure.

One only has to look no further than a consistent breakdown of our power grids, to know that a simple lack of maintenance is sometimes the only culprit, not a natural but a man-made disaster.

So predicting the rate of failure or loss on future communications networks, pipelines, bridges, tunnels and rails could be as simple as the rate of reinvestment in repair, up keep and preventive maintenance. Yet that is not our greatest fear.

Remaining vigilant requires a more thorough understanding of threat and the myriad of tools being utilized by criminals and nation states to attack us. Once you understand this, you realize that your greatest fear is, the unknown.

The Low Probability, High Consequence event. That is what keeps all of us awake at night and what keeps us getting up in the morning, to do it all over again. We are all searching, detecting and monitoring, in hope that we are not too late once more.

And maybe even more important than this, is the hope that when that day, hour or minute does arrive, that we have the courage to respond, recover and revive ourselves even faster than the last incident.

To be better. And more resilient than we ever have been before...

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