Global Elite Group Expands Security Programs for Energy and Utility Facilities

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Security management services address vulnerable industries.

Helping utilities develop their own initiatives is accomplished through a comprehensive security management program developed by GEG covering internal and external operations.

Global Elite Group (GEG) has expanded services to address security and provide guidance to the utility industry with programs to develop secure operational processes and procedures. Recently, threats to the nation’s grid have been highlighted in the press as concerns continue to be raised on the safety at these locations. “The energy grid remains a concern to everyone with remote and urban locations for these plants may be at a possible risk for being targeted,” stated William McGuire, President & CEO, Global Elite Group based in New York.

Most recently, a report to Congress on the Electric Grid Vulnerability in 2013 revealed security gaps that needed to be addressed; specifically cyber and physical attacks. One utility reported they receive daily cyber attack attempts, two found USB ports are often the cause of malware spreading throughout a facility and a physical attack by sniper at an electrical substation last April was well publicized. Any of these could escalate into a very destructive event, according to the report. “Much of the burden falls on the utility and GEG works with personnel to develop programs specific to the threat level discovered on site,” explained Joseph D’Ascoli, Director of Special Operations for GEG.

Helping utilities develop their own initiatives is accomplished through a comprehensive security management program developed by GEG covering internal and external operations. The customized program tackles not only the security lapses but provides a thorough review of current operations and implementation of specifically designed practices. “Each location has unique requirements, therefore an assessment would be recommended,” added D’Ascoli. Most locations benefit from having security systems reviewed, updated if necessary and adding physical security components. The combination of these approaches will act as a deterrent and a security solution should the unthinkable happen.

The service offerings from GEG are always evolving to meet the demand of changing security threats, these will include utilizing guard posts, inspection patrols, proper placement of fencing and barricades as well as perimeter security monitoring and lighting. Technology incorporated into the security plan adds another layer of protection through access control, video monitoring and analytics, integration of security systems with a dispatch center and alarm monitoring.

Utility readiness also encompasses the ability to address weather related emergencies that have the potential to disrupt service. Contingency planning for weather events, GEG assists with focusing in on the company’s ability to have the infrastructure in place to address emergencies of any kind. An area of concern for most companies in the aftermath of an emergency; is communications. GEG establishes an off-site area to provide the hub for these services with satellite and landline communications as well as a place were all backup computer data would be stored. A seamless operation from emergency back to a functioning is the goal of all contingency plans.

About Global Elite Group: With offices located throughout the world, the company provides security and emergency management services for companies of all sizes and is known for its emergency contingency planning in all markets and its aviation security programs for over 28 airlines located in the U.S. and abroad. The company is always expanding services to compliment the security needs of individuals, companies, high profile travelers and events. The company is TSA certified to provide screenings to individuals and groups. Global Elite Group is a full-service event security management company with security details available for deployment to cover small venues to large-scale multi location events. Other services include risk assessments and asset protection.

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