BY BETH MINEAR, ESQ.
Right of way professionals are well positioned to protect information
Around the globe, homeland security concerns are at
the forefront of most considerations in nearly every
business. Gone are the days when we can observe a
terrorist threat or incident through the comfortable
distance of a television or newspaper.
The reality is, threats can happen anywhere and they are
ever-present. In response, the United States Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) trademarked a campaign
urging citizens, “If you see something, say something.”
Information is disseminated through public service
announcements, a smart-device app, at airports and on the
DHS website, as well as other messaging venues.
Given the sheer physical coverage by the right of
way sector, there is no other single industry better
positioned to serve as eyes on the ground. Working on
projects that span from rural countryside to crowded
cities across the U.S., it is likely that our professionals
will be in a position to observe something out of
the ordinary, if it occurs. Successful agents are
characteristically skilled in observation and analysis.
By recognizing threats to the public and our critical
infrastructure, and learning how to become part of the
active reporting framework already in place, we can
aid law enforcement in early threat identification and
ON THE GROUND