Physical security programs are the oldest, most mature protection discipline within the asset protection lifecycle; practically all established companies have some form of physical security program in place, and have for months if not years. That being said, the threat environment has changed, the nature of assets and value have evolved and technologies have improved and become more integrated and complex. We have found that most physical security programs have not been re-evaluated and upgraded, thus leaving organizations with a false sense of security. StrongPoint Security has designed and implemented defined services to provide organizations with an independent and objective view of their physical security program needs, capabilities and areas for improvement to address risks associated with data and asset loss for their business.
Convergence – Physical security is not a stand-alone function: One of the more important buzzwords in corporate security in the last few years “Convergence.” Many different risk disciplines, such as information security, physical security, crisis management business continuity, and disaster recovery are increasingly spilling over into each other. The reality is that corporate assets are often information based. It is time to bring physical security into alignment with the 21st century corporation. Shouldn’t your physical security arrangements complement synchronize with your virtual security?
A good diagnostic saves money: A sensible approach to physical security saves money. Physical security measures prevent loss and injury, which in turn saves your enterprise money. Having the best data protection in your on-line presence is not worth much if your servers are stolen or destroyed. Our diagnostic helps answer the following:
- Are you protecting the right assets (i.e., people, processes, data, technology, facilities)?
- Are you using the most efficient and applicable technology and procedures?
- Is the existing physical security program and mechanism actually effective?
Are you getting value for your money? Most companies have spent something on physical security, even if only for a lock on the door. Some companies are spending a small fortune. But are you paying for the right things? Is the money you spend actually improving your security? Many security diagnostic surveys discover the following types of situation:
- Expensive alarm and CCTV systems not correctly configured
- Sensors and cameras in the wrong place
- Expensive service arrangements
- Excessive false alarms due to incorrect configuration
- Manned guarding contracts that provide little actual value
- Access control technologies and/or procedures that are easily circumvented
- Good security measures that are circumvented routinely by staff or visitors, for example:
- Doors left open for employee smoke breaks
- Alerts and alarms not investigated or responded to
- No actual physical security plan in place, or one that it is outdated
Many security surveys and assessments actually result in the customer spending less money on security while improving their security posture.