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Security Risk Assessment and Checklists

by Ron Coleman

A security checklist is a valuable tool in evaluating the safety of your facility and pointing out vulnerabilities, threats and risks.  Your security program’s objective should be to deter, delay, detect, deny, respond to, and recover from a security incident.  Understanding the security problems facing your facility will help you to meet these objectives.  This is done by assessing the unique types of threats that could impact your assets, the probability of these threats becoming loss events, and the impact on your assets in event of that loss. 

Many times companies turn to their internal resources to conduct the security assessment. This is only effective if the individual conducting the evaluation is a trained security professional with experience in this area.  A “stock” checklist will not uncover the special characteristics and challenges unique to your facility.  As a result, recommendations may not address the ultimate goal of risk mitigation. Furthermore, recommendations and purchases must be balanced with a calculation of “actual” risk and your security budget.  In the end, security solutions must be sustainable for them to be effective and scalable to grow with changes and availability of security funds.

We recommend that facilities seek the assistance of a qualified and vetted security consultant to conduct a thorough security assessment and evaluation.  This will match solutions to the realistic risks, threats and vulnerabilities of your facility without unnecessary or misplaced resources. 

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Posted on 2/6/2013