Commercial facilities’ governance with industrial control systems (ICS) and public assembly risks is challenging for stadiums’ and arenas’ threat management.
The first challenge faced by governance boards is the divergence issue that involves the unique challenge of handling public assembly safety while at the same time managing the underlying infrastructure via the industrial control system for the stadium-arena.
Executive Order 13636 “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was signed on February 12, 2013. During the previous decade, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was already reaching out to and assisting sectors of critical national importance to improve ICS security. Other sectors of critical importance, such as chemical, gas, power generation, water, and pipelines, diverge from the governance of stadiums and arenas, in the challenge of also managing public assembly.
Threats to critical infrastructure impact both the infrastructure along with public trust and these threats can cause physical or psychological harm to the public. Governance of commercial facilities, including stadiums and arenas, is a challenge to manage risk where the assembled public is the target, and trust in the underlying infrastructure is a tool for that threat.