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Protection of Infrastructure

It is usual for a site, whether designed Critical National Infrastructure or not, to have its own infrastructure that is either important to the functioning of the site or may pose a hazard to life or other assets should it be subjected to an attack. Protective security for such infrastructure is therefore important.

  • Examples of such infrastructure include (the list is not exhaustive):
  • Pressurised fuel supply and storage systems
  • Electrical supply systems
  • Communication systems

Such infrastructure may be located external to a site and may be buried or on the surface. The physical security measures to be considered may be different in each case.

It is recommended that:

  • Important infrastructure is identified and the risks assessed
  • Redundant and resilient systems are installed
  • Important or hazardous infrastructure is routed away from locations where attacks are most likely and where the infrastructure may suffer from collateral damage, e.g. near a site entry point. Where such routing cannot be avoided ensure the risks are understood and consider applying additional protection to the infrastructure
  • Consideration is given to additional security around those assets that are particularly important and where the consequence of loss would be high.