The simple fact is that any security measure that you put in place should reduce specific risks to a level that is acceptable and it should do so at a cost that is acceptable. Unfortunately, this is much more difficult than it may first appear. One of the problems that many organizations quickly realize once they begin to evaluate their security needs is that introducing a new measure can actually introduce entirely new risks that they must then take into account.
Since the security needs for every organization will vary somewhat, there is no blanket solution that will meet the needs of everyone. In order to determine exactly what the needs for your company are, there are a few things that you should give careful consideration to.
The Value Of Your Assets
Obviously, you have assets that are worth protecting. One of the first steps when it comes to deciding exactly how much and what kind of security you need is to determine the value of the assets that you're interested in safeguarding. To put it simply, it does not make good business sense to spend more money on protection than the value of the assets that you are protecting. When it comes to determining the value of your assets, don't forget to account for intellectual property in addition to the actual physical assets.
Protecting Your Brand And Reputation
One of the biggest values that security, especially access control, can deliver is when it comes to protecting the reputation of your company by helping customers and clients avoid fraud. When customers feel secure doing business with you, they are much more likely to be loyal to your brand or organization.
The Human Factor
It is worth taking a moment to consider the people that your company or organization deals with on a regular basis. As much as 50% of the losses that the average business experiences are due to shrinkage, or employee theft. While no one wants to look at the pool of talent that they have working for them as a potential risk, being realistic about your security needs means taking into account the individuals who may actually pose the biggest threat to the long-term profitability of your organization.
You may find that you are actually legally obligated to provide a certain level of security in order to protect the information that your company is holding onto. This is especially true if there are government regulations in place to protect things like the personal information that a company holds onto regarding their customers or patients. These regulations could actually make you or your organization accountable if an unauthorized party were able to gain access to the personal information that you have on file.
These four important factors will help you get started when it comes to evaluating the actual security needs that you have, but they are by no means the only things that you should consider. Depending on the type of assets that you are looking to protect, where your company is located, the number of individuals that you have working for you, and the type of business that you are in, there are likely to be a host of other concerns that need to be taken into account.
In addition to the high tech security measures that you can put into place, there also some inexpensive things that you can do to improve the overall security at your place of business. For example, something as simple as painting the ground around perimeter fencing a lighter color to make intruders more visible during low light can have an immediate effect.