Today, there are physical and cyber attacks carried out by terrorist groups, terrorist sympathizers, lone wolves, and others almost daily. Our way of life is being targeted from many different threats, and so is our national critical infrastructure. As part of that critical infrastructure, the commercial nuclear industry is a large area of concern due to the possible disastrous outcomes. The industry, which is made up of nuclear power plants, civilian research reactors, naval fuel facilities, uranium enrichment plants, fuel fabrication plants, and uranium mines is a prime target for anyone looking to do harm to the country and could lead to widespread radioactive contamination.
The United States is the world's largest supplier of commercial nuclear power. As of 2015, the US alone housed 100 commercial reactors consisting of 66 pressurized water reactors and 34 boiling water reactors creating a total of 797 terawatt-hours of electricity. All of these reactors are regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that is tasked with protecting the public and maintaining safety guidelines for nuclear energy. So far the US nuclear industry has maintained one of the best safety records in the world with respect to all kinds of accidents. However, according to the NRC in 2011 more than a quarter of US nuclear plant operators failed to properly tell regulators about equipment defects that could compromise reactor safety.
Due to the many possible causes of a meltdown, both internal and external, nuclear facilities need to have the best protection there is to offer. As the leading provider of situational awareness and risk management solutions, ARES Security's AVERT suite of products have safeguarded the most complex security systems operated by the defense, nuclear, government, energy, and utility and transportation industries around the world. Our AVERT risk assessment solution is the first and only completely-off-the-shelf (COTS) risk assessment software of its type to receive the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFETY Act certification. This certification provides government issued liability coverage and protection, demonstrating DHS’ trust in AVERT as a qualified anti-terror technology. The SAFETY Act certification allows for a presumption of immediate dismissal of lawsuits should a future act of terrorism occur against the United States.
ARES Security provides clients with solutions to plan, prevent, detect, assess and respond to all types of incidents. These solutions have helped safeguard critical infrastructure including nuclear facilities throughout the United States and around the world. Our products enable customers to optimize their physical security and integrate information from a variety of sensors, providing an exceptional ROI and peace of mind.