Plan Ahead and Cut Your Losses: How Facility Security Can Help Your Business

To help create and roll out an effective business risk management plan, many experts recommend conducting a site security survey and building a risk matrix. This allows for better assessment with existing and new security video technology, according to a article by Mark Wilson. The number of security threats that businesses can minimize with such a practice include accidents involving employees and visitors, natural disasters, data loss, vandalism, physical theft, and brand and reputation attacks.

Many current security operations already collect and log issues such as the number of security incidents in the past 12 months, types of security incidents, likely sources of security incidents, security incident impact on the organization, and total downtime as a result of a security event, among other measures.

A site survey makes it easier to determine how to efficiently control access and surveillance within and around a facility. “The survey provides a way to obtain answers and plan a course of action,” according to Wilson. “Often, by focusing on the right actions, an enterprise can make major improvements at a cost lower than expected. A site survey will find out what is right and what is wrong with a facility’s perimeter and internal physical security, including electronic access control, intrusion detection and security video.”

A good survey will spot six elements: facility description, existing systems, communications infrastructure, regulatory requirements, power availability and site preparation. After compiling the preceding information, document and photograph vehicle and people entrances, grade each access and security video point, write down threats and vulnerabilities associated with the site, and then rank the potential impact on your business for each threat listed.

Now it’s time to create your matrix. For each of the above considerations, categorize each threat as Devastating, Severe, Noticeable or Minor. “A vulnerability/impact/risk matrix can display overall elements or drill down to specific locations such as the perimeter, parking garage, entrance and exit doors, hallways, computer center and security command and control,” according to Wilson. “Indeed, there is a need to fill in the matrix based on specific threats linked to specific locations and their existing security measures.”

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