It is very important for business enterprises and corporations to secure the safety of their bottom lines. There are so many reported incidents of huge losses due to theft significant enough to cause some to go under that concerns over physical security measures have increased. Data is not safe from breaches either, and cause corporation worldwide huge losses in terms of intellectual property; some information leaks of sensitive information even puts corporations in danger of takeovers or expensive litigation. Thus, these days, it is almost universally accepted that corporate security is vital to a company’s survival. Corporate security is serious business indeed! In fact an online article on scmagazine.com calls corporate security a business, ethical and legal requirement.
Popular Corporate Security Measures
To counter various internal and external security threats many corporations have established their own security departments and instituted measures meant counter security threats. Some of the most common features of security systems include:
- Access control systems which limit access to sensitive data and areas to those who really need them in the course of their work. Access control is implemented through the use of ID cards, badges, passwords and biometric readers. Data is regularly backed up and firewalls are used to guard office networks.
- Surveillance video cameras and recording equipment are deployed in points of entry and high-risk areas. These are often supported by strategically installed lighting fixtures, unless the cameras happen to have night vision capability.
- Intrusion detection systems are used to warn of any attempt at unauthorized entry.
- Sensors designed to detect hazards such as smoke, heat/fire, toxic gases, etc., are used to ensure the safety of both property and personnel.
- Central monitoring and control stations are employed to allow complete control of the entire security system from one area.
- Remote control capability using computers connected to the internet allow owners to monitor and alter equipment settings from anywhere in the world.
The Importance of The Human Factor
Security and safety are concerns of every individual within the corporation; after all, the overall financial health of the company will have a direct effect on its employees eventually. Sadly, in some organizations this is not made very clear to the employees. As a result, many organizations are missing out on the chance to mine their employees for concrete and practical ideas on how to improve security arrangements.
Employees at each site and sector within the company are more aware than anyone else of the potential dangers related to their assigned locations or functions. They know where the potential threats lurk and how to prevent them; this is the reason why the biggest security breaches often involve insider involvement.
It is therefore essential for security procedures within the company to stress the necessity for the entire workforce to contribute to the overall security of the company through the work that they do. The rest of the workforce is not expected to take on the responsibility of the department in charge of security, but merely to follow security procedures and perhaps suggest improvements.
Corporate security too vital to for us entrust it completely to automated systems.