Making Sense of Security Investment

When does it make sense for a business to consider investment in security protection measures such as alarms, barriers, cyber controls, or guards?   Spending on security protective measures for small to medium sized businesses is a big deal even in the best of times.  In the absence of a well-calculated … Read more

Asking “Why” First

The recent article “Defining the threat in the energy sector,” (CSO Online, 12 April 2016) makes an excellent point about the analysis of threat, that we at Butchko have hammered on for as long as we can remember.  Threat must to be relevant, or it is not a threat.  How … Read more

The Human Factor in Security Design & Operations

When Low-Tech is Ignored, High-Tech is Doomed to Failure In the increasingly sophisticated and high-tech world of security systems, the human factor is critical, but often overlooked. Humans control the use and response to the technology.  After all, they hold the keys to the castle. A system might be otherwise … Read more

Corporate Mission Drives the Risk Program

Today’s SecurityInfoWatch article entitled, “New threat metrics motivate integrators to offer enhanced solutions,” provides great insight into the needs of and components to programmatic risk management.  At Butchko, we support Aronson Security Group’s (ASG) initiative in this area – not simply because is aligns with our own recommended approach, but … Read more

Don’t Make Security Crash the Party

A colleague posed an interesting question to me the other day.  “Why isn’t security included earlier in design projects?” When a client starts a design-build project, they invite many specialty consultants to collaborate, but security is often left off the invitation list.   Instead of coming in at the beginning of … Read more

Security Video: The Payoff is in the Planning

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  So how much is a video worth?  Well, if it doesn’t show what you need, with sufficient clarity to answer key questions, then our answer is worthless. At Butchko, we are often asked to help companies sort through the … Read more

Apple vs. the FBI: A Game of Tug of War

Privacy vs. Security:   The rights of the individual versus the needs of the collective This old conflict is playing out on a new stage in the debate between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook’s locked iPhone. The FBI is demanding Apple’s assistance in … Read more

Eliminating the Gaps between Physical and Cyber Security

The self-imposed segregation between physical and cyber security professionals creates gaps in protection. Even when the two groups interact, the cultural, educational and experiential divide makes effective communication a challenge. Attackers look for and exploit the gaps in protection this creates, often with devastating impact.  Bridging these differences is one … Read more

Risk: The First Principle of Value in Security

When security budgets are lean, the first question that security leaders should ask themselves is this:  does the actual risk at a facility merit the expense?  Certainly “standard of care” and appropriate local codes and standards must be built into facilities.  However, asking, “should I do more?” is critical when … Read more