Organizations often do not consider the importance of their security system until it has already been breached, resulting in frustrating losses and a lot of unanswered questions. In some cases, security breaches occur because an employee forgot or purposely did not strictly adhere to a policy, and sometimes organizations neglect to put a policy in place.
While some people claim that conducting a security risk assessment is paranoid, taking preventative measures can save you countless resources and heartache in the long run. It's easy to be distracted by security technology and lose sight of the mission to protect the building.
A thorough yearly risk assessment is the most important thing facility managers can do to improve their building's security as it ensures that the security system can adequately protect against the most likely threats. Learn how you can prevent security breaches with a security risk assessment.
Understanding Physical Security & The Need For Assessments
Organizations are connected both externally and internally. Protecting the data stored in your hardware, software, and applications are is critical, yet it's important that you focus on protecting physical assets as well, like your doors, entryways, and building. When you have established a robust physical security policy, you provide a sense of protection and safety in the working environment.
Physical security systems can incorporate any of the following:
Video (cameras, CCTVs, monitors, and encoders)
Access controls (gates, sensors, doors and locks, panels, alarms, and biometrics)
Communications (WAN/LAN and phone lines)
Padlocks and keys
Roofs, rooms, and other safety areas
A security assessment will help you to define your organizations' current state of security and provide a roadmap to a desired future state by mapping security solutions to business goals. The professionals from the security provider company will be able to help you incorporate commonly accepted security architecture concepts to streamline your security vision from strategy to implementation.The main objective is to deliver cohesive, best practice security architectures spanning multiple domains that are unique and specific to the context of your organization.
Determining Proper CCTV Placement
The use of CCTV systems by security officers has become an essential aspect of a comprehensive security solution and is a crime prevention tactic for many large facilities. However, if a camera is not properly positioned or is not functioning correctly, this proactive security measure is wasted.
A risk assessment is important for determining the proper placement of a CCTV system. Your prior security challenges will help to inform where the cameras should be placed too. Your team can assist with recommendations for placement and should be in charge of monitoring the system and ensuring it is operating correctly.
The placement and number of CCTV cameras and their scopes of view should be properly documented and continually evaluated and updated by the security team during yearly facility assessments. Ensure cameras are in areas where the view is not obstructed and the cameras cannot be tampered with.
Here Are A Few Telltale Signs That Your Security System Needs An Assessment:
- Grainy Video Footage & Struggling To See Imagery
- Can’t Expand Upon Current System Without Major Headaches
- Alarm System Is Hardwired
- No Remote Monitoring Capabilities
- You Can’t Tell When Your System Is Down
Is Your Organization Ready For An Assessment?
For a physical security policy to be successful, you must garner the support, cooperation, and eagerness of your staff. Conduct surveys to measure your organization's readiness. Considering the size of your organization and budget, consider the long-term effect of how these physical security systems can contribute to your success, growth, and performance while serving the needs of your customers.
If you opt for a no-cost assessment, our experts will pay a visit to your business location and evaluate your existing security measures to determine what different or additional security actions are needed. It’s hassle-free and as easy as filling out the form on the right-hand side of the page. Or simply call us at 1.800.874.6434 to learn more about our customized security solutions to keep your property, community or upcoming special event safe.
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When it comes to the security of your building, it's best not to leave it up to chance. Be sure that you have made every effort possible to keep your property, employees, and visitors well protected. If you have any concerns, you should consider having your security measures evaluated by a reputable company.