FORTRESS announces protective capabilities of modular design for critical equipment

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FORTRESS announces protective capabilities of modular design for critical equipment


How Fortress Minimizes Risk of Business Disruption and Provides Consistent Protection of Critical Equipment

While the FORTRESS Building is designed to provide personnel with an efficient and protected workspace, it can also be used to protect critical equipment and critical infrastructure.

Every business wants to operate smoothly with minimal disruption. But as the saying goes, “plan for the best, plan for the worst” is a wise move. For many facilities and organizations, a single business disruption event, such as an accident or a targeted attack, can have long-term consequences.

Damaged or damaged critical equipment often makes such outages worse. Protecting critical equipment, assets and infrastructure is critical to reducing the risk of business disruption and ensuring continued service or production for customers and customers.

Every business has critical equipment or critical infrastructure. For example, a telco might have a network of data centers or servers that serve most (or all) local users or operations across a region. A manufacturing facility may have a central equipment center where security systems or cells are installed to control or store critical equipment.

But centralizing critical assets and equipment means they are particularly vulnerable to a single hazardous event. Fire, debris/impact, explosion or debris/impact can damage or destroy an organization’s critical equipment, impairing its ability to continue operating or recover effectively.

Alternatively, the control center of an industrial facility may be damaged in an accident. If its mitigations are compromised by these systems, damage to core controls or systems could lead to further dangerous runaways.

Overall, critical equipment protection is critical, so:

  • Businesses will not lose most or all of their most valuable assets/infrastructure in an event
  • Organizations can recover from incidents faster
  • Incidents are not made more dangerous by containment/containment issues

Failure to protect critical equipment often means significant business disruption, including outstanding orders, voided contracts, etc., as well as operational impact. According to the Allianz Risk Barometer report, business disruption is expected to be one of the most important global business risks in 2022. Other major business risks expected include cyber risk, natural disasters and climate change.

Long-term consequences of on-site industrial damage

Critical equipment protection in industrial environments is not only important for short-term safety and recovery. It is also critical for long-term organizational health and financial stability. For example, if an incident takes a company’s main facilities offline for months, it can have negative financial impacts months or even years after the incident.

Recovery from any industrial accident takes time. But protecting critical equipment and infrastructure means recovery times are often much shorter and organizations can recover financially and logistically more easily.

The number one way to protect critical equipment and infrastructure is to choose FORTRESS. Every FORTRESS is more than a durable protective building. Fortress protective buildings include:

  • Resistant to major industrial site hazards, including blast loads, heat loads from fire and explosions, toxic exhaust gases, debris damage and extreme weather hazards. Each Fortress building has 8-inch reinforced concrete walls, roofs and built-in foundations.
  • Complete customization with flexible interior design options. These options allow organizations to choose the FORTRESSES that suits their critical equipment storage and worker comfort needs.
  • Install quickly and efficiently. Most Fortress protective buildings can be commissioned in as little as six months.

These security benefits don’t just help with operational security. They can also improve facility property insurance. By taking proactive steps to prevent property damage, additional business interruption, and property casualties, you can prepare your company for success and minimize disruption from future hazardous events.

Device protection

FORTRESS protected buildings are ideal for critical equipment protection. Their concrete walls have excellent resistance to most major hazards, and with minimal wall displacement (i.e. the walls do not “bend” and cause impact damage to equipment), the fort prevents critical equipment from being damaged or destroyed, even in A targeted attack or major incident occurs.

Business Interruption Risk Example

The December 25, 2020 explosion outside the AT&T Regional Network Center in downtown Nashville provides a sobering example of the importance of critical equipment protection. Communications were severely disrupted throughout the Nashville area and beyond following the incident.

Not only have commercial operations been disrupted or stopped, but communications with emergency services have also been hampered. The damage was characterized first by an explosion, then by fire and flood hazards, damaging backup generators and preventing secondary batteries from maintaining AT&T’s network.

AT&T’s critical infrastructure and equipment are not protected by buildings like FORTRESS. Combined with a lack of redundant infrastructure, this vulnerability resulted in severe outages and service issues in the weeks following the attack.

But this device vulnerability isn’t unique to AT&T or the aforementioned incident. The modern world is more interconnected than ever and relies on telecommunications services, data centers, 5G network centers and similar infrastructure.

Therefore, organizations need to implement durable and reliable protective construction such as FORTRESSES for their critical equipment. Given that one incident could bring an entity as large as AT&T back into multiple states, it’s clear that no company can afford to leave its equipment vulnerable.

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