Developing a Security Plan

 

An up-to-date security plan is a must have for any organization. Use the outline below to build your security plan today. If you have any questions, give us a call, we’ll be glad to assist you.

Step 1 – Identify Assets

The first step in creating a security plan for your organization is to identify all assets. A detailed list of everything that needs to be protected from any type of threat. This list should include really anything of value to your organization.

Types of assets may include, but not limited to:

  • Property
  • Equipment
  • Information
  • Trade secrets
  • People- both employees and clients
  • Financial assets
  • Reputation & Identity
  • etc, etc, etc

 

Step 2 – Identify any possible threats to each asset

Types of threats may include:

  • External threats- Theft, vandalism, sabotage, violence, etc.
  • IT related treats- network hack, spam, viruses
  • Internal threats- theft, harassment, fraud, workplace violence, etc.
  • Mother nature- floods, hail, other extreme weather or natural occurrences

 

Step 3 – Identify current precautions

These are the precautions that are currently in place to reduce the likelihood of a threat or the impact of a threat. Basically, what is the current state of our security measures?

These may include:

  • Limitations on access
  • Process and procedures
  • Surveillance assets- cameras, guards, etc

 

Step 4 – Identify security measures that would eliminate, or limit the effects of all threats

This is where we determine the exact security measures that best protect each asset. Remember, having overlapping, redundant security systems in place is by far the most effective type of protection. These types of systems may include:

  • Staff training on threats and resolution to threats
  • Installation of surveillance cameras and devices
  • Armed/unarmed security guards, patrols
  • Limiting access to assets- locks, fences, passwords, firewalls, etc.
  • Backing up and securing data and trade secrets

 

Step 5, Develop contingency plans

Develop a plan of action in case preventive security measures fail. This may be a simple as how to deal with an unruly customer or as complex as how to investigate and deal with major theft or sabotage. When tragedy strikes, having a plan can make all the difference.

If you have any questions about developing a strong security plan for your organization, please feel free to call us. You can contact Bob at (970) 260-4893