Optimal Survival Controls

March 27, 2013

in Manage Risk

Survival controls are measures that can be taken, functions and processes that can be implemented, and anything else that can be done to minimize disruption and maximize efficiency and gain. This can apply to negative events, positive events and even normal operational status.

By thinking through the time-line of survival events, survival controls can be categorized into groups:

  • SURVIVAL PLANNING – performing analysis, developing strategies and designing plans (mostly for negative events)
  • OPPORTUNITY PLANNING – performing analysis, developing strategies and designing plans (mostly for positive events)
  • KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT – identifying, storing, categorizing, prioritizing, providing access, identifying needs, identifying sources, finding new knowledge
  • RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – identifying resource needs, prioritizing, inventory, allocation [includes management of critical resources: water, food, energy, medical, tools…]
  • COMMUNICATIONS – identify needs, prioritize, establish channels, parallel channels, backups, security
  • PHYSICAL SECURITY – perimeter definition, sensory input, information handling, access control, defensive reaction
  • OPERATIONS SECURITY – identify critical information, risk analysis process (threats, vulnerabilities, likelihood), containment, camouflage, distraction
  • PROCESS IMPROVEMENT – mapping, measurement, improvement, correlation with other areas
  • TRAINING AND AWARENESS – develop gradient scale from awareness to skills, training, practice exercises, schedule, tracking

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