How should you prioritise your efforts –
Corporate security is as much about the effective use of available resources as it is about the implementation of suitable systems and processes. Unfortunately, many of those tasked with allocating those resources choose to focus on implementation first, rather than deciding what needs to be done beforehand.
As previously discussed in this blog, the first step in a corporate security process should an analysis – not only of current protocols that are already in place but also of those that should. This analysis can be sped up by seeking the help of others in the organisation and contractors that may themselves present a threat. By identifying those opportunities early, the correct resources can then be allocated.
It is then critical that a good corporate security system remains flexible. Many systems end up breachable because they don’t adapt to changing circumstances and/or become predictable.
There are numerous examples of businesses exposing themselves to theft and fraud as a result of failing to change the way they do things once employees leave or on a consistent enough timeframe to raise concern. Those businesses that make criminals and opportunists nervous are those that are constantly changing how they operate from a security standpoint.
With flexibility comes increased communication and confidence. Internally, those who see issues can happily communicate them in the knowledge that the necessary changes are likely to be made. With it also comes the confidence to continue making changes when required and not feel stuck to any particular methodology.
Effective security is understanding what needs to be done prior to implementation. Focus on this and the rest will become much easier.