Some people know it as a security survey or risk assessment. Whether you call it a security survey, risk assessment, or security assessment, it is all basically the same. Security Risk Assessments are a systematic, on-site assessment and analysis of your current security measures, whether they are physical security measures, technology, management, policies, training or any other aspect of your security program or measures.
An in-depth risk assessment and analysis are the first steps in effective site security planning. Although security needs are unique for each organization and individual, identifying the assets that need to be protected will determine the proper level of security required.
Why is this assessment so important?
Necessity of Security Risk Assessments
“Assessing your security measures should be conducted in an unbiased manner. Therefore, your existing security manager may not be the best person to conduct this important task.
Many times internal staff’s limited knowledge of risks and vulnerabilities are such that they cannot always determine all of the potential risks or vulnerabilities. Internal staff complements are often very limited on continuing education and training due to budgets or time restraints. In most cases, they have no means in which to keep abreast of the current security threats or mitigation strategies.
Experience has shown that internal staff members may not always disclose all security concerns to avoid bringing to light internally known deficiencies that might be cause for embarrassment for security leadership.”
“Identifying your assets is also a critical part in this overall assessment. Human assets include more than just the employees. They also include visitors, contractors, the surrounding community and others associated with the business operation. Property assets range from building, machinery and utilities to operations, equipment and systems. Informational assets are computer systems, processes and confidential business and employee information. Only trained professionals with experience can offer the kind of in-depth analysis that is required when assessing the full risk to an organisation or individual.”
A great outline, provided by Zurichna, outlines some of the basic analyses a security assessment consultant may consider when conducting a security risk assessment:
- Site address
- Site general manager
- Security manager
- Number of employees
- Operating hours
- Site area
- Description of “worst credible risk scenarios”
The below assessments are conducted according to a three-tier approach, typically:
Observed strengths | Observed weaknesses | Action plan
- Risk assessment
- Management policies
- Physical security
- Access control
- Employee security
- Information security
- Material security
- Emergency response
- Crisis communication
Benefits Of Security Risk Assessments
“Prevent Security Breaches
Even if you’ve never had security problems, a risk assessment is a great way to predict your likelihood of having one. Specialists will identify all possible security risks and address them accordingly. When all of your risks have been taken care of, you stand a good chance of preventing any future security breaches.
Improve Your Current System
You might think that you have a great security system, but it’s hard to know what aspects can be improved on. Our experts will come in and work with your staff to identify problem areas and points of weakness. The collaboration between our staff and yours will result in a more effective security system that will cover more ground and help keep your building secure.
Identify Ideal CCTV System Placement and Identify Security Weak-Spots
One of the benefits of bringing in the experts is their ability to identify the best spots for your surveillance equipment. They will provide you with useful tips on proper placement such as ensuring cameras are both hidden and visible, they are placed at a higher location, and they cover all entry points. Experts will work with your staff to identify the best place for your cameras to maximize visibility and coverage of your security system to improve your property’s overall security.”
Source credits: https://protectionmanagementllc.com/security-risk-assessment/