3 Indirect Benefits of a Security Survey
The security survey is a fact-finding process conducted through an on-site examination to analyze an organization’s policies, procedures, personnel and physical aspects concerning the security of assets. Security is often an afterthought for most organizations as many believe only large corporations are targeted or risk adverse. Organizations of all sizes and different industries in all locations are prime targets and vulnerable to a multitude of threats and hazards if they lack in security. Neglecting security can have catastrophic effects.
Security surveys ensure organizations fully understand their capabilities and limitations while identifying their vulnerabilities. During this process, there are several indirect benefits the organization will experience.
Naturally, the first thoughts of senior management regarding security are expenditures and zero return on investment. Through the security survey, competent security consultants and managers can assess policies, procedures, personnel and physical aspects of the business to ensure the security of assets while identifying recommendations that may reduce overall costs. The use of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) provides a holistic approach to the overall perceptions of a facility’s security. For instance, CPTED can be achieved by merely trimming a tree to increase sight lines and reduce the amount of CCTV cameras used. Another example is improving the perception of security. Research has shown, the perception of security directly affects the probability of adversaries targeting the site. Other examples include a loss prevention program, adjusting guard force scheduling, integrating security systems and proper placement and use of security systems. Cost-effective and straightforward changes can reduce cost while increasing the bottom-line.
Identify unrelated internal issues
During a security survey, interviews of senior management, department supervisors and employees are conducted. The conversations often reveal information, concerns, and recommendations not previously mentioned for fear of repercussions or lost within the corporate bureaucracy. The receptionist may admit, answering the phone causes a loss of control of visitors entering and leaving the office creating a vulnerability. Workers confess to others taking equipment home and propping doors open during smoke breaks. Senior managers regularly take home intellectual property and laptops with sensitive information. Several issues may exist within an organization and even considered standard practice. A security survey, mainly conducted by an outside consultant, can divulge numerous aspects that can lead to considerable problems. Surely, you’d prefer to fix an internal issue privately and within your timeline than to reactively find a solution once it becomes a public incident.
Prepare for scaling
From start-up, every business has plans to scale and gain a more substantial market position. Scaling can be both, proportionally and profitably. As the company expands, the security requirements must grow along with it. Imagine finally purchasing your dream home, would you install a security alarm? Would the alarm from your previous home be sufficient? What type of locks would your doors have? Would the exterior have lighting? The same way you would enhance the security of your dream home, the organization’s security must improve as well. A strong documented history of security surveys also assists in preparing the business for future mergers and acquisitions.
When done correctly, security management and the security survey can dramatically improve the business and its profitability. The security survey may indirectly increase an organization’s bottom-line, identify unrelated internal issues, and assist in the scaling process. Regardless of your company’s size, the security survey can bring tremendous value.
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