We live in a society that is constantly changing and evolving, adapting new technology that makes life easier and more simplified. We can press a button and have a cup of hot cup of coffee in our hands. We can video chat from a small rectangular device we keep in our back pockets. Our homes can even talk to us through Alexa. The field of security is no different. There are many technological advancements that have made it easier to survey, detect and mitigate danger.
Security systems in facilities often consist of networks of alarms and video surveillance cameras to review and monitor suspicious activity. Security systems can also aid with credential scanning, ensure authorized personnel are able to enter certain areas, and provide automated activity reports. Technological developments such as these provide businesses and facilities with a streamlined method of protection and can help eliminate the risk of human error or negligence.
Security technology is a first step to protection, but it has limitations. An automated security system is not able to physically intervene, and security systems can also get hacked without close supervision and safeguards. One unfortunate example of this occurred in 2014, when a German steel mill fell victim to a cyber attack. Hackers targeted the mill’s employees, collecting sensitive information in order to gain control of the office system and the furnace. The hackers set off the furnace and caused massive physical damage to the facility. This is one sobering example of automated systems gone wrong and the need for a combination of physical and digital security.
Onsite security officers can bridge the gap between digital and physical security, working in alignment with automated security systems. In a Facility Executive article, Certified Protection Professional Michael Bendis said:
There is the security triangle—a calculated combination of Physical (locked doors, window bars, etc.), Operational (on-site guards), and Systems (security technology). There is no prescribed amount regarding how much each of these three must be maintained to demonstrate optimal security. Each facility executive needs to determine his or her percentages based on their own distinct threats, risks, and budget.
From a safety perspective, physical, operational and technological safety measures must work together. As you weigh the risks and security needs in your business or facility, it’s important to find the right combination.
If you believe that outsourced security measures may be necessary to take your employees, customers and business’ safety to the next level, call us today at 877-766-4610. We’ll help you discover how a security officer elevates your security plan.