5 Step Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Process

5 Step Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Process

SVAs are conducted to identify strengths and weaknesses in the systems and networks we depend on for survival. Infrastructure is made up of interdependent assets cooperating to perform necessary operations. A disaster affects all parts of a network, but no network will ever be invulnerable. By focusing on systems essential to sustaining life and economic stability, your resilience improvement efforts will have a greater positive impact over a shorter period of time.

  • Step 1: Complete this short form to request an SVA

    Once you submit the request, we will follow up with you to get things started.

  • Step 2: Before conducting an SVA, we’ll ask you to help us categorize and prioritize your critical infrastructure (CI):
    1. What types of events would have a negative impact on your community’s infrastructure?
    2. What are the essential elements of “business as usual” in your community?
      1. What goods or services do you require to continue functioning?
      2. What would the consequences be in terms of human lives and economic impact if these essential elements were damaged, disrupted, or destroyed by an event in your community?
      3. Which are essential for survival? Which are non-essential?
    3. What are your most vulnerable essential operational systems?
    4. What other interdependent critical infrastructures, outside your community, could be adversely affected?
  • Step 3: The CI Team will work with you to make a list of your top five critical infrastructures and schedule a site visit. The SVA will take 2-3 hours per site visit. We’ll show up with a checklist and a camera and will ask that the site manager, or designee, accompany us on the tour.
  • Step 4: We’ll bring the information back to JBER and add it to our database. (The information will not be shared outside DHS&EM. We are not regulatory and will not share the information with ANY regulatory agencies, other communities, business competitors or any third party.) We will use the information to improve disaster response, outreach and resilience initiatives, public assistance prioritization and to better develop our understanding of the interdependent critical infrastructure systems across the State.
  • Step 5: The information will be returned to you in a concise SVA report. You can use this information to develop strategies for protecting your CI, to build business continuity plans, for SHSP grants, for training, or for any other purpose you see fit. The SVA report is yours.

Click here to request an SVA

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SVA Contacts

  • Contact Us
  • Dan Belanger - Primary SVA Project Coordinator