The threats organizations face today are evolving and multiplying. For small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), stakes are particularly high. One successful security breach could lead to devastating financial losses, damage to your reputation, and even physical harm. Your first line of defense? A Physical Security Assessment with subsequent Physical Security Risk Management Plans.
The Role of Security Risk Management
Physical Security Risk Management employs a systematic, quantitative, and holistic approach to identify these potential threats, assess their likely impact, develop strategies to mitigate those threats, and continually monitor and adjust those strategies as necessary. This process ensures that no stone is left unturned when it comes to safeguarding your assets.
Indicators that a small business is an open Soft-Target for attackers include weak access control, open-door policies, lack of emergency action plans, or even just dimly lit parking lots.
The common physical threats these small businesses face include:
From your physical premises to assets and personnel, the management of your organization’s security is paramount. Putting your security management into the hands of a professional allows your business to make informed decisions about where to allocate resources, how to prioritize different threats, and when to implement various security measures.
Addressing the Sources of Security Failures
Equally important, security risk management addresses the source of security failures. By understanding why and how breaches occur, your SMB can tackle these issues at their root, preventing them from happening in the future. For example, if your entrance is vulnerable to unauthorized access, you will learn exactly how this entrance is susceptible to attack and what you can do to counter this weakness.
Understanding the SMB Threat Landscape
Once a Physical Security Risk Assessment is completed for your SMB (read more on that here), Security Risk Management involves addressing the following questions:
By answering these questions, your Security Risk Manager arrives at the best solutions for you and your establishment. They will then develop a comprehensive security risk management plan to address detected vulnerabilities. Having this plan protects your assets from adversaries looking to exploit weaknesses in your system.
Keeping Your Small Business Safe
Developing appropriate strategies and procedures to protect your business from potential threats is up to you. It is important that you keep your security measures updated, fortified, and ready to protect you and employees from harm.
Three things you can to start keeping your SMB safe include:
It’s time to stop reacting and start protecting with effective, professional management. Get a monthly Physical Security Risk Management Plan for your SMB today to safeguard you, your staff, and our community.