Proactive planning for the protection of people, infrastructure and other assets is vital as terrorists are attracted to targets that appear easy to attack. It is therefore a matter of good corporate governance for owners and operators to take steps to protect their business, staff and community from an emergency, particularly a terrorist threat or attack.
There is no standard checklist that can cover the security needs of every company or facility. Planning should be risk based, commensurate with the threat, scalable to enable rapid escalation, and provide protection through deterrence, detection, delay and response procedures.
Plans should address a range of issues including, but not limited to:
- Access control arrangements;
- identification of authorised personnel;
- response procedures for breaches;
- personnel security vetting arrangements;
- security arrangements for visitors and deliveries by suppliers; and
- protection of information systems.
Owners and operators should also consult with relevant government agencies and the Western Australia Police to ensure that their plans are compatible with local arrangements and capabilities.
The Security Planning Guide provides a scalable guide to the types of measures that could be considered. This is a generic guide only and it is expected that owners/operators will develop their own model that reflects the nature of their business.
Once owners/operators have plans in place they should ensure the plans are exercised, reviewed and continually improved.