Research Laboratory Security Risks

by John Sancenito

Anti-research movements, including animal rights and environmental extremists, pose a serious threat to animal research laboratories.  This session will focus on evaluating risk based on physical security measures, policies and procedures, and practices in the research facility setting.   The primary goal of the presentation will be to:

  • Identify internal and external security risks to research laboratories;
  • Identify potential liability or risk to employees, visitors, the general public and organizational mission;
  • Evaluate the key areas where risk can be mitigated, including physical barriers, security technology, staff responsibilities, and policies and procedures

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The goals, tactics, trends, ideology and methodology of anti-research groups and the threat to medical research laboratories.
  • Activist action methods such as office invasions, business occupations, animal liberations, arson /bombings, and undercover infiltration.   
  • Statistics on extremist activity by industry type, illegal actions and geographic region.  
  • Methods used by activist groups to gather information and intelligence on targeted laboratories.
  • Physical Security measures including building grounds and perimeter, landscaping, parking lots, architecture, lighting, communications, safes, key control, utilities, security patrols and electronic intrusion detection systems. 
  • Policies, procedures and practices related to: visitor management, access and movement control, pre-employment screening, lockdown procedures, crisis management, business continuity and disaster planning. 
  • IT infrastructure, protection of confidential or sensitive data, vulnerabilities and practices.  
  • Vendor risk, due diligence and screening procedures.  

Don't miss this and more at the Age of Auditing Symposium on February 3-4, 2015 at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hills, PA.  

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