Security Strategy for Facility and Assets

Security Strategy for Facility and Assets: A Holistic Approach

Security is a critical issue for businesses, organizations, and facility occupants alike. When it comes to creating a security strategy, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Each building has unique occupants and challenges, so the most effective security implementations are adapted and personalized to the needs of the building, occupant, and organization. What’s more, by taking a holistic approach to security and thinking about how it can integrate with existing building solutions, security teams are better equipped to mitigate and manage incidents and emergency events within their facility.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the key considerations when developing a holistic security strategy for your facility.

Developing a Security Strategy

One of the first things to consider when developing a security strategy is the layout of your facility. This includes factors such as the number of entrances and exits, the location of critical assets, and the flow of traffic throughout the building. By understanding how people move through your facility, you can more effectively deploy security resources and create checkpoints that will assist with protecting the facility.

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Security Layout – digital to physical

Where to begin?

  1. Build a blueprint – Making changes to your security without a plan can lead to problems. You need to map out the whole security infrastructure before you make any changes. This will help you design a better plan and also make it easier to integrate the new changes with the previous system.

    Your blueprint should cover the following:

    – Building perimeters
    – Physical entry controls
    – External, internal and environmental threat protection
    – Power and telecommunications protocol
    – Data protection
    – Surveillance systems
    – Physical security officers
    – Reporting/escalation process
    – Crisis management/plan
  2. Integrate systemsIntegrated design means that different systems or physical people work together. This makes it easier for the security team and protecting people, places, and assets. For example, if you have a security system with cameras, you can also have an AI camera with the smarts built in. Artificial intelligence will integrate with the physical security solution. The intelligence will assist the physical security officer when he cannot be at all places throughout the day/night. Alerts are configured and sent to the security team when abnormal activity occurs. This way, you have a scaled security solution – covering blind spots.
  3. Communication – Implement how you would like reporting escalated. Who are the key leaders that need to receive incident reports, surveillance footage, and/or daily activity information? How is this information being stored and escalated to law enforcement in the cause of an emergency?
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Integrate Systems

Business and security leaders should ensure that a consistent physical security program is developed and implemented across the company. Organizations that do not establish a comprehensive physical security program may overlook an important security function or leave an exposed physical vulnerability unaddressed. Organize all organizational stakeholders to create a thorough physical security plan supported by all management levels.

If you have any questions or need assist with your security strategy, please contact us below.

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Top 5 Physical Security Threats of 2022

Top 5 Physical Security Threats of 2022: What to Look Out For

As we move further into the 21st century, the world becomes an increasingly dangerous place. With new technologies and ways for criminals to exploit them, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the physical security threats that could affect your business in 2022. In this blog post, we will discuss five of the most likely physical security threats that your business will face in the next few years. Stay safe!

The top five security threats detected in 2022 are workplace violence, crime/theft, natural disasters, biosecurity, and the push to move employees completely remote.

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is always a security concern, but with the current political and social climate, we will likely see an increase in violence in the workplace. In 2022, employers should be on the lookout for signs of potential workplace violence and take steps to prevent it.

Physical security and preventative measures can assist when reducing workplace violence. Some security solutions to consider are security cameras, security guards, and panic buttons. Having a security protocol in place will help keep your business secure, while

Crime and Theft

Crime and theft are always major concerns for businesses, but as technology advances, so do the ways criminals can exploit it. In 2022, businesses should be particularly aware of cybercrime and data breaches. Physical security measures like security cameras and alarms are still important, but they must be backed up by strong cyber security measures. SecurityRI can assist with multiple security service integrations. Our philosophy is to provide a complete security solution – and by crossing all our divisions throughout each other, it assists our clients with the ultimate peace of mind.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can strike at any time, and often without warning. Businesses should have a plan in place for how to deal with natural disasters, as well as security measures to protect their employees and property. In 2022, we will likely see an increase in natural disasters due to climate change.

Some security measures you can take to prepare for natural disasters are installing security cameras that can withstand extreme weather conditions, having a backup power source, and investing in flood insurance.

Biosecurity

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on in 2022, biosecurity will continue to be a major concern. Businesses should take steps to protect their employees from the virus, as well as any other potential diseases that could spread.

Some security measures you can take to protect against disease are providing employees with personal protective equipment, increasing cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and implementing temperature checks.

The Push to Move Employees Completely Remote

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing into 2022, many businesses will be forced to move their employees completely remote. This poses a whole new set of security concerns, as businesses will need to find ways to secure their data and prevent cyber attacks.

Some security measures you can take to protect your business when moving employees remote are investing in a VPN, using two-factor authentication, and encrypting all data.

As the dynamic of work changes, the way we approach security has to change too. 

Physical security tools:

Security cameras, security guards, and access control systems are important but not enough on their own. To be fully protected, businesses need to take a holistic security approach that encompasses all aspects of security: cyber, physical, and people.

At SecurityRI, our team of security experts can help you assess your security needs and put together a comprehensive security plan for your business. Contact us today to learn more!

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Reduce Human Error in your business

Human Error: Understand the IT Threat

With over 90% of all cyber security breaches due to human error, it’s safe to say that mistakes in the workplace are more than costly. So what mishaps are your end users making, and what exactly are the repercussions to your organization? 

 

Many of the successful security attacks from external attackers who are preying on human weakness, waiting patiently for employees to be lured into providing access to sensitive information. Their human errors can be incredibly costly, especially since the insiders involved have access to a host of sensitive data.

One of the greatest impacts of a successful security breach is the exposure of this kind of information, loss of intellectual property and the infection of malware.

The Threat of Human Error

 

One of the most common mistakes made by employees, is sending sensitive documents to unintended recipients. This is relatively easy to solve when deploying security controls to monitor sensitive information being leaked from your organization.

These controls were once considered complex to deploy, but have now been made considerably easier to implement by vendors in recent years. This has dramatically reduced the level of user involvement required and increased the use of such controls.

These tools can also:

  • Prevent users from engaging in inappropriate behavior
  • Eliminate sending documents home via email, placing them on file-sharing sites or removable media such as USB sticks

See how the growing culture of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) exposes additional major concerns, especially with the risk of lost or stolen mobile devices. Again, technology vendors are available to help companies control what happens to data stored on such devices, even allowing sensitive data to be remotely wiped – so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Even the most trusted and highly skilled employees run major risks of human error. System and network administrators are commonly guilty of incorrect system configurations, poor patch management practices and the use of default names and passwords. There are numerous security controls that organizations can explore to guard against these types of threats.

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Do Not Fall Victim!

Best Practices for Cyber Security in 2017

 

Many individuals believe in cyber security practice, although some people do not see the threats.  Why worry about something major if it never happened to you?

Well, statistics prove how damaging cyber threats are and how they can cripple your organization.  Please take note – not all cyber protection cost money.  If you believe in proper protocol and follow through with simple updates, you may protect yourself and others from future threats.

Here you will find a few simple preventative strategies (more…)

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