Risk & Resilience

Leaders with subject matter expertise across diverse industries, technical focus areas, security disciplines, and threat types empower the Partner Force Risk + Resilience practice area. From energy to aviation, chemical to transportation, our experts share their expertise and help government and private sector partners across sectors manage risk and become more resilient.

Our experts have specialized skills and years of experience tackling challenges across a broad array of security disciplines, including cybersecurity, infrastructure security, physical security, intelligence, incident response, and risk management. We offer end-to-end risk management advice and support to help clients prepare for, detect, analyze, and mitigate evolving risks, threats, and other potential crises. Our forward-thinking, holistic approach to risk management helps our clients tackle the challenges of today while anticipating and building resilience to the risks of tomorrow.

Our Risk & Resilience capabilities include:
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

We provide governance, policy, program, and risk management support to help lead and mature cybersecurity programs.

Risk Assessments
Risk Assessments

We conduct comprehensive risk assessments to help clients understand their diverse risk landscape and build resilience. We identify risks, analyze the probability and potential impact, and develop solutions to mitigate priority risks.

UAS and Other Advanced Threats
UAS and Other Advanced Threats

We partner with organizations to identify operational risks and build a stronger future through designing and implementing drone security and training programs that can also be tailored to a variety of emerging threats.

Preparedness & Response Planning
Preparedness & Response Planning

We help organizations prepare for critical risks and other potential high impact emergencies by bringing stakeholders together, aligning on emergency response and business continuity plans, and facilitating tabletop exercises.

Incident Response
Incident Response

We support real-time incident management to help our clients manage teams, share information, advance interagency coordination efforts, and respond to critical incidents and events.

Intelligence and Operations
Intelligence and Operations

Our cleared professionals collect, fuse and analyze intelligence to develop a clear operational picture and inform tactical and strategic actions.

Project Spotlights

1

Building a New UAS Security Program from the Ground Up

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

The Challenge

In today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pose a unique cyber and physical threat critical infrastructure organizations across all sectors. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure, including risks from drones. CISA needed a strategic partner to build a new program office to help the agency respond to the growing UAS threat and navigate the complexities around uncrewed technology.

The Partnership

Together, CISA and Partner Forces collaborated to stand up a new UAS Security Program Office. As expert operators and risk advisors, we leveraged our team’s specialized skills and experience to establish a new governance framework, as well as operational and communication processes.

The Impact

Through our proactive leadership and collaborative efforts, our team helped CISA:

Advance Strategic Planning Efforts
  • Define a strategy and plan to help the UAS Security Program Office grow and scale, define the mission space, and operate more efficiently​.
Manage Programs & Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure​
  • Stand up and operationalize a new program office to help DHS and CISA address unique security considerations related to drones and potential impacts to national critical infrastructures.
Improve Communications & Enhance Partnerships​
  • Improve how the office communicates, engages, and shares information internally and with external public and private sector stakeholders.
  • Increase public awareness around UAS threats and mitigation best practices and considerations​.
  • Open new communications channels with international counterparts and other security entities.
2

Redesigning CISA’s Temporary Flight Restriction and Special Notice Request Process

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

The Challenge

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pose a challenge to major events, such as concerts, sporting events, and celebratory parades. In the current regulatory landscape, only certain events qualify for counter-UAS (C-UAS) support. Of the few agencies that can provide C-UAS mitigation, few have the resources and availability to provide support. Coordinators must therefore rely on Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) or Special Notices (SNs) to add a layer of protection for these events.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is now responsible for coordinating the application and approval processes for TFRs and SNs on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help reduce risk associated with UAS threats to mass gatherings and special events.

The Partnership

Together, CISA and Partner Forces collaborated to create an airspace security measure program specifically designed for UAS threats. Our UAS and C-UAS experts helped CISA design a new TFR and SN request process, positioning CISA as the primary coordinator for UAS support for major events and mass gatherings nationwide.

The Impact

Through our proactive leadership and collaborative efforts, our team helped CISA:

Enhance TFR and SN Processes
  • Develop tailored business process engineering and implementation solutions, including devising standard operating procedures, developing templates to streamline processes, and researching threat analysis narratives unique to each special event or mass gathering requesting CISA support.
  • Review 34 requests and generated unique threat analysis narratives to inform decision-making.
  • Ensure nine (9) CISA Regions had special event airspace assistance.
  • Increase TFR and SN approvals from FAA by 75 percent.
Enhance Collaboration Across C-UAS Stakeholders
  • Implement best practices for internal coordination and interagency collaboration with FAA.
  • Manage stakeholder communications for those responsible for approving and communicating outcomes of the TFR and SN processes.