Bulgaria upgrades critical infrastructure protection

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-04 23:33:53|Editor: yan
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SOFIA, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Bulgaria has put into operation a web-based integrated management system (IMS), which enhances administrative and operational capacity for the protection of critical national infrastructure, an official said here on Thursday.

The IMS was developed by Bulgaria's Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate General (FSCPGD) and implemented in a half a million U.S. dollar project co-funded by the European Union, Aleksandar Dzhartov, director of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry's Critical Infrastructure, Prevention and Control Directorate, said at a press conference.

The system allows authorities to gather and process information used in fire control, prevention and disaster management, Dzhartov said.

A real-time demonstration during the press conference showed that the system contains information about 94,561 sites subject to control by the FSCPGD -- from the only nuclear power plant in the country to factories and restaurants.

Each site has an electronic file, and the use of paper is minimized, Dzhartov said.

The officers enter information about what measures are recommended and what is being done, he said. "You can sort by districts, regional offices, inspectors. You know what each employee has worked on today," Dzhartov said.

A mobile application is being developed, which will further facilitate the inspectors' work, he added.

The project, entitled "Enhancing Capacity for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Connected Sites," started in October 2017. It also includes the development of hardware and system software, the provision of internet connection and staff training.