How safe is your business, staff, customers and assets?

Deterrence through Preparedness Security Awareness Training Courses by Diane ShaweI am frightened by what has been happening recently and would like to help as many companies and business strengthen their security awareness by keeping busy instead of being scared.

article by Diane Shawe

The main purpose of this post is to see how I could contribute by bringing to your attention three courses that I have that could help your organisation keep it’s personnel, customers and assets as safe as possible.

I want to do something, and I hope you will help me to be of use in a time when we, the general public can only defend with preparedness.

No matter how large or small your company is, you need to have a plan to ensure the security of your personnel, customers, organisation and assets. Such a plan is called A Security Awareness Preparedness Scheme.

Whether yours is five or 200 pages long, whether you have 4 or 5000+ staff the process of creating a security program will make you and your team think holistically about your business or organisation’s security. A security awareness scheme provides the framework for keeping your company at a desired security level by assessing the risks you face, deciding how you will mitigate them, and planning for how you keep the program and your security practices up to date.

With no time to waste, now is the time to make that investment by training as many of your employees to become not just aware but knowledgeable about security practices.

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1. Why is security important?

Lapses in security places personnel, customers, assets, staff and property at risk.  Any responsible employer will wish to take all reasonable steps to protect the lives of its staff, customers and to protect its assets.

With the increasing serious and unanticipated security incidents recently this has also placed the provision of assistance at risk, with the danger that personnel, customers and assets, when assistance is needed in an emergency an overstretched team may be curtailed.  If personnel, customers and staff are aware of how to become more secure, they are able to do a more effective job in both awareness, prevention and bringing assistance to those who need it.

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Common protection measures which includes gates, guards, locks, alarms and safes are not enough to be relied on anymore.  Other protection measures are decided on according to the threat in each specific context and we are now in a new paradigm when information on the wider context will assist the working general public to become more vigilant and safe.

There may be some threats to personnel, customers and assets, organisation’s which do not arise from the local community at all.  These may include attacks from terrorist groups, whose decision-makers may be distant or even in a different country, orchestrating violence against personnel, customers and assets, and other organisation’s for political reasons.  If so, protection measures will need to take these threats into account and a higher degree of protection is necessary if the work is to continue.  In this case managers will usually consider whether the work should stop, either temporarily or permanently.

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2.  Deterrence vs Awareness

Deterrence is a further security approach used by some organisations, notably the police and the military.  They deter attack by threatening retaliation against anyone who attacks them.  This is not an option available to personnel, customers, and localised organisations, whose principles forbid them to attack anyone, or to threaten attack.

The sole possible exception is when personnel, customers and organisation’s can become aware through training to heighten their levels of awareness.

1.2       Risk = Threat x Vulnerability

You may be able to do nothing about the level of threat around you, but you can probably do a great deal to reduce your level of vulnerability in two main ways:  To avoid getting into an accident for instance by:

  • Reducing the chances of an incident happening (e.g. by driving slowly, improving locks, or introducing a neighbourhood watch system)
  • Reducing the impact of an incident (e.g. by wearing seatbelts, or limiting the amount of cash held in the safe)

By reducing your vulnerability, you reduce the risk that the threat will become reality and have a serious impact on you and your business.  A major part of good security management is reducing vulnerability in every way possible.

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