Think you don’t need a security consultant? Think again.
In the 21st century, most businesses have really wrapped their minds around the benefits of using an outsourced consultant in key areas of their business. Curiously, one area many have been slower to adopt the use of independent consultants help in is security. Perhaps security directors and managers are reluctant because they believe security consultancies offer nothing they don’t already know. Perhaps they are fearful that they will seem like they can’t handle the job they were hired to do to executive teams, or perhaps they simply think they will be too expensive to fit within their budget.
While such concerns seem valid, other specialized industries have incorporated the use of independent consultants with vastly different results than these fears might suggest.
Outsourced Security Consultants Fill Two Key Roles for Internal Security Teams
There are two general ways that businesses have successfully used security consultant services. Either clients hire consultants on a per-project, temporary basis, or the consulting continues on an indefinite basis as a cost-saving measure to supplement their security team with particular specializations when needed.
Project Based: This, ‘classic’ independent contractor relationship allows for the provision of specialized oversight, direction, advice, or assistance on specific projects that are either directly related to security or that have a unique security need.
As Needed/Outsourcing: For smaller firms that have smaller or no internal security forces, security consultants can recommend and direct specialized security solutions as needed. This is a cost-efficient model for businesses that don’t have the need or budget for a full time security director.
Benefits of Using an Outside Consultancy You May Not Yet Have Realized
Whether you hire a security on an as-needed basis or for a specific project, the bottom line is that their job is to help you lower your risk by accurately analysing your needs. As forward-thinking security directors already understand, you cannot be an expert in everything. Thus, bringing in an outside security consultant does not make them weak or inefficient. Rather, it makes them stronger and better able to protect their business from risks.
The specific benefits of using an outside security consultant are fairly numerous. However, here are a few highlights to help those of you out there reading this that are security directors or on the executive team responsible for making your company’s security decisions get your mind thinking in the right direction:
One of the greatest benefits of using an outside consultant is that they can provide you with a fresh, unbiased perspective on security issues with your business. It’s very easy to get too close to issues and be unable to see things someone not directly involved with your businesses day to day can notice upfront.
Security consultants receive regular training throughout the year to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, trends, and best-practices in the security industry to provide the best advice and risk-mitigation strategies.
One thing many clients appreciate is the ‘neutrality’ outside security consultants can offer. This allows for real, raw and truthful reporting without fear of the retribution that may prevent internal whistle-blowers from feeling like they can come forward about existing security issues.
An independent consultant can focus solely on the security concern you need, freeing your internal security lead to be able to oversee daily activities to maintain security standards.
Experienced security consultants have so much experience implementing security measures, they are more efficient than if left to internal teams implementing such measures for the first time.
There are all kinds of specializations within modern business security and it’s unrealistic to expect a single director to acquire them all. Employing an expert in all kinds of security issues like video surveillance, workplace violence programs, creating security plans for expansions and new facilities, etc. helps by placing a an experienced, trained professional in the position to bring his particular skillset to the forefront, without diluting the workload in order to “simply get by”.
When your security director may not have the ability to sway the executive team’s opinion on an important security manner, bringing in an objective voice from an independent consultant can validate such security concerns and help secure executive support.
All of these benefits revolve around specialization and efficiency strengths that ultimately lower risk and save money.
Source credits: http://enigmaeurope.com/benefits-hiring-security-consultant/