Project deployments present significant challenges for any business. It’s best to assume Murphy’s Law, in that ‘what can go wrong, will go wrong’ and plan accordingly. While the nature of service, length and location may change there are four primary disciplines that must be considered in order to be successful in supporting temporary and long term project deployments. These include a keen understanding of the customer’s needs, adaptability to the requirements of the mission, maintenance of a well-qualified workforce, and constant planning.
We have witnessed incredible damage from natural disasters in recent years, with an increase in frequency and severity of events in the forecast. Weather patterns appear to be changing as storm systems are impacting areas of the country typically not affected or outside of the usual seasonal trajectories. Corporate security leadership struggles each year with analyzing and forecasting their most probable risk scenarios for natural disasters or any emergency situation that could negatively impact their businesses. Fortunately, a lot of the preparation and pre-planning efforts for any type of disaster have common themes, requirements, and tasks that can be leveraged and cross utilized.
The U.S. unemployment rate has reached a 17-year low at 3.9% and employers are scrambling to keep up with hiring needs. A multitude of factors are attributed to this new low, but as a result recruiting has become much more competitive. Despite the long decline in unemployment, wages have only recently experienced significant increases. Thus skilled employees are much harder to retain and recruiting adequate talent levels with a security clearance can be challenging and time consuming.
As more organizations have recognized the managerial and financial benefits of implementing a national or even global security program, sourcing the right provider remains a critical element for success. It’s rare for an organization to enjoy a truly global program that is standardized across each country presence. While the benefits of outsourcing your service solutions can be significant, a half- baked partnership with an ineffective supplier can be damaging. The most common challenges include inconsistent service quality, lack of visibility across the program, ineffective management and oversight of operations, and a failure to identify and implement potential efficiencies.
More cyber-attacks on public and private organizations occurred last year than in any previous year and we can only expect to continue to see an increase in these attacks and their impact as our world becomes more and more dependent on the internet and cloud-based services. This is not a revelation for anyone paying attention. From the insider threat to supply chain security, now more than ever our common threat vectors have both electronic and physical footprints. With the rise in sophistication of attacks and the amplified vulnerabilities of our increasingly ‘connected’ world, are we capitalizing on the resources and preventative measures of both cyber and physical security programs to mitigate risk effectively?
Post Orders are the backbone of any security program. They clearly define the duties and actions taken by personnel. Whether the focus is access controls, command center dispatch protocols, visitor policies, or other disciplines, clearly documented expectations are imperative. All too often this primary documentation is lacking for security officers. The procedures listed may be out of date, inconclusive, vague or poorly written. Ultimately, setting set staff and the program itself up for failure.
Your supply chain is only as good as its weakest link. As the Defense Security Service (DSS) transition continues with risk based requirements and initiatives well beyond traditional areas of responsibility, it is critical for prime contractors to secure their own assets and information but also insure their supplier partners are doing the same.
Regardless of the industry or type of facility, premises liability is a major business risk concern for any entity and its labor force. While we are all aware of the litigious society that we live in, it’s not enough to hope that people will always follow procedures, use common sense, or manage to go above and beyond the call to support.
Security personnel are well versed in the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ mantra. However, there is a challenge: reaching the remaining employees. How do we ensure that all employees understand today’s workplace threats?