risk


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 […]


Is Security Really a Nightmare in Mexico?

Pearl Harbor, the French ‘Maginot Line’ of early World War II, or fighting the war on terror exclusively with Predator Drones are all examples of how using tactics from the “last war” are bound to fail in the present.  The feared American dreadnoughts of World War I were quickly sent to the bottom by the relatively new concept of carrier-based air power; the German Army simply went around the massive concrete bunkers in France and […]


Securing the Security System Network

When I sat down in 2007 to write the first edition of Integrated Security Systems Design, part of the driving force was that I was finding integrated security system IP networks were, for the most part, unsecured. Tragically, eight years later, that situation has not changed very much. Think about that for a moment. The security system that a multi-billion dollar organization relies upon to protect its corporate headquarters may reside on a network that is […]


Threat-Led Risk

Threat is the “fissile material” needed to activate the individual components of asset, vulnerability, impact, consequence, and likelihood in the calculation of risk. It is threat that initiates the sequence of relationships and events that, together, combine to elevate or lower risk. It is important to understand threat in this context because all too often the element of threat is minimized or abstracted when security assessments are done. Why? Unlike the examination and assessment of […]