Creating a security strategy is a multi-faceted process. There’s a lot of elements to consider, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution that you can set and forget.
At Sovereign Fire & Security, we’ve provided specialist security solutions for organisations for decades. We believe that maintaining an up-to-date security strategy is absolutely essential when looking to protect your assets and your people. Despite this, many businesses and organisations tend to neglect their security, leaving distinct weak spots that criminals can exploit. We’ve put together this article to run you through the basics of security strategy planning, designed to help you plan your next steps.
Is a Security Strategy Necessary?
While we wish that it weren’t, unfortunately having an airtight security strategy is 100% necessary for any organisation. Criminals don’t discriminate, and will take advantage of any weakness in your security systems to access your valuable assets. Fortunately, with a proper, tailored security strategy, you can rest easy knowing that your building is secure.
How to Create a Security Strategy
Our first, and perhaps most important tip, is to partner with security specialists. While there is a fair amount you can do without support, having an expert by your side to help identify weak points and inform your strategy is invaluable in many ways.
Perform Gap Analysis to Inform Your Strategy
Gap analysis is a rather broad term and should ideally involve everyone in your organisation. It’s significantly easier to identify flaws in your security if you get input from those that work first-hand with your data/assets.
We can help to perform your gap analysis, assessing both technological and social flaws that need to be addressed. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a security culture among employees/peers. One of the most important (and often most difficult to improve) security elements is your people. Encourage your staff to remain vigilant and to flag up security concerns whenever they arise.
Identify and Prioritise High-Value Assets
There’s a whole host of valuables in any modern organisation, from expensive machinery and computers to valuable user data. By identifying your critical assets and determining what’s most likely to be stolen, we can tailor a specific security approach to suit your unique needs.
Determine Any Constraints
While it’s all well and good planning to make your building a modern Fort Knox, it’s important to be realistic and consider a variety of factors that might hold you back.
- Location – have you got space to install every security measure that you want?
- Budget – can you access the resources necessary to implement your security plan?
- Legal – are you considering any legal implications?
- Ethical – it’s important that your strategy considers any possible ethical dilemmas.
Our team can help you to build a bespoke security solution that’s suited to your exact requirements. We’ll take into consideration any possible constraints and will work around them, ensuring that your security strategy works for you.
Implement Your Strategy
With all of the assessment done, it’s time to put everything in place. Installing a combination of intruder systems (alarms, electrified fencing, monitoring systems, etc.), access control (fobs, automated gates, visual entry systems, etc.), and CCTV will culminate in a tight system where each aspects complements the others. Your security strategy should be comprehensive to ensure its effectiveness.
Even once your security strategy is in place, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. We encourage frequent risk assessments to make sure that everything is running smoothly, and soliciting feedback from your team to gain a deeper understanding on your security’s efficacy.
Develop a Complete Strategy
Your security strategy shouldn’t be restricted to physical security. The data that you store is worth a lot of money. Many modern businesses don’t realise just how much their data is worth, so investing in some cyber security measures to complement your physical security is always worth the money.
What Organisations Benefit from a Security Strategy?
If your organisation has a physical presence, there’s a good chance that you’ll want a solid security strategy. Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a target, and even if you don’t store anything particularly valuable, you can still find yourself as the victim of a costly break-in. Whether you’re a business, a charity, a school or an organisation in any other sector, a security strategy is always a good idea.
Create an Effective Security Strategy with Sovereign Fire & Security
Our team at Sovereign Fire & Security have one objective – to keep your assets and people safe. With decades of experience under our belt, our highly trained team are experts at devising reliable, sophisticated and complete security solutions.
We work with organisations both across the UK and internationally. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you to implement a bulletproof security strategy, get in touch with us today for a friendly chat.