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Reducing risk: Best Practice Perimeter Security

It only takes one attack to damage an organisation. Physical perimeter security measures are often the first line of defence against a malicious attack because it protects infrastructure, people and assets and ensures business continuity. It reduces vulnerabilities and the fallout from careless behaviour and gives criminals fewer opportunities to exploit weaknesses.

Heras, one of the leading perimeter security specialists, believes that, in order to provide the best chance against attack, organisations must take a holistic approach to perimeter security. Its 4D+C methodology combines demarcation, deterrence, detection, delay and controlled access, which form a reliable layered protection solution to ensure effective and seamless perimeter protection strategies.

Firstly, demarcation defines the boundary of a location where a protective barrier or fence should be installed, which helps deter potential attackers. A security-rated fence combined with appropriate signing offers an ideal deterrence. Combining the watchful eyes of trained security professionals with technology, like a Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS), is the best way to detect suspicious behaviour at the perimeter. While no barrier or fence is impenetrable, solutions must be built to maximise the time it takes to breach the perimeter, delaying attack before and after detection has taken place. Controlled access is vital to ensure entry is gained only by authorised people.

While every organisation has their individual security requirements and their physical security installations may differ, the 4D+C methodology remains true across industry sectors. From those requiring high security solutions such as utilities, critical national infrastructure (CNI) and governments, to those looking for commercial solutions such as transportation, manufacturing and industry.

High Security Solutions
Some organisations need top security measures because they either face greater risk of attack or they house top secret or operationally sensitive information or people such as high security areas within power stations, research centres, oil and gas terminals, military, government and utility sites. This means their perimeter security solutions must be of the highest standards and offer the best possible protection against attack. An example of a high security perimeter protection solution would comprise:

  • High security fencing, such as Heras Zenith SR3. This is a welded triple skin mesh fence creating a secure demarcation and deterrent. The mesh 358 is tightly configured ensuring there are no toe or finger holds. Security toppings such as barbed wire can be added to further reduce risk of attack, vandalism and forced entry.
  • A premier intrusion detection solution (PIDS) such as Heras-owned Geoquip Cyber Assurance of Physical Security System (CAPSS) - the first and only PIDS on the market to have received CPNI approval - to identify unauthorised personnel crossing a perimeter and protecting IP security systems from cyber attack at the perimeter. The detection technology is integrated with the organisation’s overall security management system so that control room staff can be notified in real time of any potential intruder. The system could also be incorporated with other perimeter protection products such as cameras or access control systems, limiting the ability to hack the entrance.
  • High security bi-fold gate such as Heras sGate, designed to provide highly reliable and safe entrance control as well as fast and continuous operation and flow. The gate opens and closes in a matter of seconds, providing quick, controlled entry, and locks securely to prevent unauthorised vehicle or pedestrian access. It seamlessly integrates with other perimeter security solutions.

Commercial Security Solutions

Manufacturer, logistic centre and retailer risk assessments require slightly less comprehensive perimeter protection because they generally are less at risk of sophisticated attack and have fewer high value assets on site. These organisations could consider a commercial security solution that includes:

  • Welded mesh fencing system such as Heras Pallas Xtra, a rigid and robust Secured by Design fence that combines specialist security fixings to create an extremely secure demarcation and deterrent.
  • A premier intrusion detection solution (PIDS), such a that includes a sound system, alarm light, for example, to detect unauthorised access. Such a PIDS system operates in zones so that if there is an attack, the control room knows exactly where it is for faster response from either police or security teams
  • Rugged and reliable turnstile allowing pedestrian access control. The turnstile grants entry to one person at a time, allowing for a safe and regulated yet high frequency flow of people and a programmable control unit interfaces to most access control systems.

​​​​​​​Heras will be demonstrating both a high security solution and a commercial security solution at the International Security Expo 2018 on the 28th and 29th November at London Olympia, stand number C50. See these solutions in action and be the first to learn about Heras’ new product line that will be announced at the show.

Heras is an expert in perimeter protection and preserving business and so knows how to make security a top priority. Since its inception in 1952, Heras has helped a range of businesses around the world create a safe environment for their customers, suppliers, partners and employees.

To make an appointment to meet at the International Security Expo 2018, please call or email us. Visit Heras at stand C50 at the show and see Heras’ presentation on How to Build your Perimeter Protection Strategy on day one of the show. For more information visit our website.

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