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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 return-on-investment argument, profit will trump the opaque “what if’s” of security risk every time.   Concrete, practical, sensible security protection strategies must be articulated in terms […]


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 the project cycle with the architects and designers to design and integrate security concepts seamlessly into the design, security consultants often only get invited to […]


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 managing a very limited budget. Answering this key question helps you make decisions that add measurable value to your company.  It assures your senior management […]