security management


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 […]


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 of the keys to achieving an effective protection program. The good news is that the industry increasingly recognizes that when cyber security and physical security […]


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 […]


Put Security in its Place

Does the leadership of your company give much thought to its security posture? They should.  Security operations overarch and underpin successful enterprises. How well it is integrated into the company will determine its effectiveness and efficiency. If your company is stove piped and the CEO/COO is the only integrator, you have a problem experienced by many companies.  In our experience, the most successful companies are integrated in a fashion that enables each VP/Director to understand cross-company impacts […]