How Resilient Are Your Facilities?

How Resilient Are Your Facilities?

Preparing Your Businesses to Withstand Operational Disruptions
By Richard Buzard, CEM®
 
Is your facility prepared for a fire, earthquake, or major weather event? What about a utility or water outage? Or an attack on your cybersecurity or operational technology security (which includes manmade attacks against utilities, transportation, and other systems)? Resiliency is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and to withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions. In a lot of ways, the current Covid-19 pandemic as well as return to work and labor shortages can also be considered a resilience issue.
 
Understanding the 4 R’s of resiliency.
Resilience is thought of as having 4 components:
  • Resourcefulness – optimized performance of systems and adequate planning, personnel training, and testing to manage through a disruption
  • Redundancy – availability of back-up systems and islandable onsite generation to ensure critical loads are not lost, or if they are lost, to be quickly restored during primary system disruptions.
  • Robustness – ability to maintain critical operations during a disruption through building, infrastructure, redundant design, and system substitution capability.
  • Recovery – the ability to return to normal operating conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible after a disruption.
 
Free resilience-ready resources.
Resilience readiness involves the understanding all of the interrelationships your company or organization is involved in. Luckily, the Federal Energy Management’s Program Technical Resilience Navigator provides a systematic approach to identifying energy and water resiliency gaps and developing and prioritizing solutions that reduce risk. Free cybersecurity tools include the following:
  • DHS CISA (Critical Infrastructure & Security Agency) FREE Cybersecurity Assessment Services, a $30K - $50K market value, is available to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as public and private sector critical infrastructure organizations.
  • Qualys Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Labs Server Test for Websites is a FREE online webserver analysis in seconds –just enter your hostname and you will get results including mitigation recommendations.
  • Hash Checking – a Hash is a cryptographic mechanism used to validate the integrity of software. There are a lot of algorithms to do this but the most common currently is Secure Hashing Algorithm 256 or SHA 256. All operating systems including Windows 10 offer out-of-the-box methods for hash checking. Microsoft offers additional free tools.
  • What about the Personal Level? Have you been PWNED? This is a great tool that brings cyber resiliency down to the individual level. PWNED is pronounced “powned” and is cultural slang for owning someone or their computer. Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com and enter your email address. You will see all the places you have been hacked. This is a good reminder not to use the same password for every online account you have.
 
Looking for more ways to make your facilities more resilient? RICHARD BUZARD is the CEO of Virtual FM LLC, which provides services in the areas of energy and facilities management. Rich is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers, and Virtual FM LLC is an ENERGY STAR® Partner in the Service and Products Providers category.
 
For more information, and to learn how Virtual FM can make your workplace environments work harder for you, visit www.linkedin.com/company/virtual-fm-llc or email rbuzard@virtual-fm.com.