risk assessment

Physical Security Principles and the Test of Time: A “Forensic Risk Assessment” of Machu Picchu

In the high mists of the Peruvian jungle is an elegant testament to the effectiveness of carefully layered physical security design principles.  It has stood the test of time, the elements, and – most importantly – the Spanish Conquistadores. It is the Incan citadel known as Machu Picchu (translated “old mountain”), located deep in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains.  A few weeks ago I visited this remote mountaintop location […]


At the risk of tooting our own horn, here at Butchko we quietly put our heads together and did something really innovative and different. Between our small group of professionals, we have something like 80-years of collective experience in the security business; threat and risk, security planning, design, implementation…the whole ball of wax.  We have seen the risk assessment process misused, misapplied, and contorted out of any semblance of quality or accuracy through underfunding, practitioner […]

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 […]