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Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)



Critical Infrastructure Protection frequently stays off the scope (and thus potentially off the organizational budget) until it is suddenly thrust into the spotlight by events such as Hurricane Sandy, a winter storm, or a spring tornado.  Inside your organization, CIP is a combination of many factors including risk management, compliance, security, operating procedures, workforce education and training, and leadership preparedness.  The decision by business owners or agency directors on the suitable amount of resources to devote to CIP can be a tough one in constrained economic times.  It is an investment that requires careful consideration.  Call us to discuss how to approach this challenge.  We can help you find the right balance.

What sets Watermark Risk Management International apart in the Critical Infrastructure Protection arena?

We fully understand that CIP is truly all-hazards:  Natural disasters, terrorist or criminal acts, even “insider” or lone wolf threats.  We are well-versed in the full range of risk analysis techniques and prepared to work on solutions that reduce threats, address vulnerabilities, and/or mitigate consequences.  Moreover, we know that adverse events can occur in your home office or factory as well as your diverse activities in other states or other nations – or in the supply chains in between.

We stand out from companies that only address CIP from narrow perspectives such as security guard force training or information/cyber security.  We are prepared to undertake projects at any level in any of the DHS-designated 18 critical sectors.  Moreover, we are well-versed in the intricacies of the complex interdependencies between sectors.

We understand that few entities – whether government agencies or businesses or non-profits – work in isolation from a wider network.  Thus, our CIP approach also considers the key upstream and downstream partners of our clients to determine whether they are sufficiently prepared for disasters.

We have gained (and maintain) our experience and expertise in CIP from previous government service, from our own work in the private sector, from a multitude of projects in the United States and overseas, from a company commitment to employee professional development in the CIP field, and even from our employee volunteer work in our communities focusing on preparedness and recovery of our fellow citizens.

We understand linkages to the exercise and training aspects of protection and disaster preparedness; we have professionals on staff with training in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.  We are also uniquely qualified to work with clients to integrate their CIP efforts with their current Business Continuity planning or Continuity of Operations programs.

We fully understand that CIP is a complex and continual process that is worked at the federal, state, and local government levels.  But it is heavily dependent upon the preparedness of the private and non-profit sectors as well.  In fact, it goes all the way to the employee and local citizenry levels, and even there Watermark has experience incorporating the talents and experience of individuals to help an agency or a company survive a crisis and get back into operation as quickly as possible. 

The bottom line is that we understand the Critical Infrastructure Protection arena and can assist you in identifying your “lowest hanging fruit” that gives added CIP with minimum resource commitment; we can also assist entities with more complex CIP as they grow in size, complexity, and operating locations.

Watermark Risk Management: Security Management Services

Watermark provides a broad range of security policy, planning, and operational management services at levels from the strategic to the tactical. In addition to advising companies on how to better prepare and manage their security investment and resources, we also assist companies across the security industry to grow their businesses strategically.

Our professional staff average over 25 years of relevant experience. They include operational and executive security and law enforcement professionals, antiterrorism experts, risk analysts, emergency response and business continuity planners, engineers, security business analysts, industrial security program managers, proposal experts, training specialists, and security system technology and requirements analysts. We have operational and management background in DoD, DHS, DOE, and Fortune 500 companies. We have worked around the globe in places like Iraq, Europe, the Middleast, Africa, Asia and Latin America and the former Soviet Union.

We have considerable and specific expertise in federal government security procurements, seaports and airport assessments, business strategy/opportunity capture and proposal development, nuclear security, critical infrastructure protection and planning, and transportation/supply chain security.  We are currently providing on-site staff support, security assessments, security training, program and requirements analysis, and security manpower and staffing support to four Air Force customers.

Other specific capabilities include:

  • Staff Augmentation
  • Security Policy and Program Development
  • Personnel and Industrial Security
  • Assessments and Analysis
  • Business Continuity Planning and Implementation   
  • Independent Quality Assurance Audits
  • Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Programs
  • Red Teaming
  • Market and Competitive Analyses
  • Growth Strategies/Business Development
  • Capture Planning and Execution
  • Teaming Analysis and Introductions
  • Full Spectrum Proposal Support
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