Protecting Your Assets with Physical Security

Whether you own a multi-unit residential building or a commercial facility, there is a tremendous value to utilizing physical security to monitor, record, control, access, and secure your facility. The use of physical security can reduce theft, increase productivity and protect a company from significant liability in the event of a workplace injury or accident. A smart business tactic is to conduct a physical security review on a regular basis, assess what you’ve got in place, what you need, and make a plan to get started implementing measures that will help keep you and your business safe. Let’s talk more about physical security and why it matters so much.

What is physical security?

Physical security is the safeguarding of workforce, hardware, programs, networks, and data from adverse physical situations and events as a means to prevent serious losses or damage to a business caused by accidents, natural calamities, burglary, theft, vandalism, and/or terrorism. Video surveillance, security alarms, access control systems and identification systems–all of these fall under the category of physical security solutions.

Why is physical security important for businesses?

While most businesses are focus on implementing safety measures that ward off technical and dramatic issues such as hacking, viruses, Trojans, and spyware, etc., physical security is an oft overlooked and even often underestimated factor, the full implications of which are learned only after some damage has been done. What businesses mostly forget is that gaps in physical security can be easily targeted by attackers who have little or no tech smarts as opposed to virtual threats that require a certain degree of technical knowledge. Since accidents and natural disasters are all too common occurrences of daily life, your business may run into these even before you know it.

To avert these situations, you need to have a proper plan of defense in place and adopt physical security measures that ensure that your business is safe and secure. Here are some things to consider:

Components of physical security

Physical security generally includes the following three main components:

  1. Hurdles that might be placed as the first line of defense to discourage attackers or as a barrier against accidents and environmental disasters. These types of security measures include fencing, fireproof safes, multiple locks, etc.
  2. Monitoring of spaces and installing notification systems, including things like light and heat sensors, smoke detectors, wireless detectors, alarms, cameras, access control and CCTVs.
  3. Measures that can disarm the attackers before any damage is done and also recovery methods that help businesses to recover from accidents, fires, or natural disasters more effectively.

Choosing the right physical security for protecting your assets

While selecting the right physical security method for your business, you must pick one that has features like interoperability with your existing systems, cost-effectiveness and whether or not they are endowed with proper network and video expertise.

Look for features that include:

  • Easy deployment, use and maintenance
    • Good network integration
    • Ability to secure existing assets as you migrate
    • Support open standards

Moreover, the provision of using the network as a platform for integrating security measures is a great consideration, since it offers an open and scalable way to rev up the security methods for your business. With benefits like operational flexibility, enhanced protection features, reduced cost of ownership, and lower risk, physical security is an indispensible part of business operations.

Have you deployed the right physical security measures within your business operations? What do you think has been the most valuable to you and your company to date?

Resources:
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/physical-security

 

 

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