The potential impact of crime against organizations can extend well beyond direct physical or psychological damage. Failure on the part of corporate organizations to adequately plan and respond to this heightened threat environment can also be expressed in loss of life, major liability awards, increased insurance premiums, business recovery and reconstruction costs. As a result of these unique challenges facing different organizations, those responsible for administrative oversight may need to consider hiring outsourced security professionals.
As Admart Consult, we are often asked, "Why should our institution hire security consultants?" The most significant reason is if you know little to nothing or things are not working out properly as in regard to security, then you need to hire experienced professionals that have the credibility and subject matter expertise required for the tasks at hand. Security consciousness is a necessity for management of corporate entities-oriented institutions. Organizations, in particular, are mindful of the need to balance vigilance and a determination to maintain the open, vital, supportive atmosphere, which represents the very purpose of places of organization cohesion. With this in mind, the hiring of the security consultant(s) should also take into account their familiarity with those issues and conditions that are particularly relevant to the organization and its industry both domestically and internationally.
WHY HIRE ADMART CONSULT AS YOUR SECURITY CONSULTANTS?
The first thing we need to do is define security. There is not a “universally accepted definition.” Security is a hybrid profession blending various skills, backgrounds, and preparation. Security professionals have varying perspectives, often because of the unique degree of specialization required in their current assignment. Security provides those means, active or passive, which serve to protect and preserve an environment that allows for the conduct of activities within the organization without disruption. There is a lot more than just looking at your doors, windows and locks or alarm systems to figuring out what security measures are needed to protect your facilities. The primary goal is to prevent loss of life by reviewing your liabilities on security issues and reducing or eliminating them. Planning is required since it is an approach that recommends identifying and stopping a problem before it occurs, reducing hazards in given situations, and of forecasting rather than reacting to circumstances. Admart Consult Competent security consultants know what to look for when identifying security issues and know how to properly mitigate the conditions through cost effective reductions/eliminations. After careful evaluation, it may make sense to use our security consultants to get the best security/cost value proposition you can; think of the expense as an investment for the future. Admart Consultants will help you with the following issues:
- Premises Liability
- Negligent Security
- Hiring Contract Security Services
- Physical Site Security Surveys
- Fraud and Internal Thefts
- Disaster recovery
- Risk Analysis
- Crime Prevention
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE ADMART CONSULT SECURITY CONSULTANTS
Hiring qualified independent security consultants from Admart Consult has many advantages: an objective perspective; a new outlook on old problems; and new ideas and solutions resulting from a diverse set of experiences. However, as with any major security decision, it pays to do research and to ask questions in advance. On the surface, hiring a security consultant for your organization to improve your security policies and procedures while mitigating your security risks and vulnerabilities may seem like a relatively easy decision process for an organization. However simple this task may seem, careful consideration should be demonstrated when choosing your security consultant. Here are some basic questions that anti-terrorism and security specialists suggest that you ask about your own organization and about the security consultant you intend to hire:
Is your organization really willing to make changes?
Admart Consult may ultimately recommend some significant changes in equipment, personnel, or procedures. Do you have commitment from your executive and/or lay leadership to spend the time and money needed to make changes? Will they back up this idea for a long term, especially when difficulties arise, such as employee resistance to change or challenges from shareholders? Will they follow-through?
Security Planning and Design
Admart Consult helps organizations to better manage their security risks, reduce losses, and to provide a safe and secure workplace for employees. We will help you to implement security strategies that are aligned with your organization’s mission and values, resulting in a security program that supports rather than interferes with the operation of your business. Let us show you ways in which you can:
- Find the right balance between security and convenience.
- Provide security in a way that respects the unique culture of your organization.
- Make employees, customers, and guests feel safer and more secure.
- Keep from spending money on security equipment that won’t really solve your problems.
- Reduce ongoing security operating costs by using fewer security guards.
- Have your security program add value to your organization's bottom line.
- Keep your facility safe and secure without making it look like a fortress.
We specialize in helping companies and organizations that have security departments but are not functioning effectively. We help non-security professionals to create and operate effective security programs that allow security departments to be managed properly. For organizations with security departments, we provide an objective outside look at the way that security is presently managed, as well as provide services that can supplement and enhance the capabilities of your in-house security management team.
Security Assessments are an excellent way to evaluate your existing security program and a great first step to take prior to making security improvements at your organization or when trying to solve a specific security problem. During a Security Assessment, all aspects of your security program are examined, any weaknesses are identified, and suggestions for security improvements are made. In addition, opportunities where costs can be reduced or where security operations can be made more efficient are identified.
The Security Assessment process developed by Admart Consult Consultants has been used to successfully conduct more than 100 assessments at wide variety of different types of corporate, institutional, and governmental facilities over the past ten years. This assessment process is constantly evolving, allowing us to take advantage of lessons learned from previous assessments, and to keep up with the latest security best practices. The Security Assessment uses a structured, formal analysis process that allows us to develop a deep understanding of your business, operating conditions, corporate culture, and unique security risks and threats. While client involvement is crucial to success, our consultants facilitate the assessment every step of the way, keeping your company on track, and making sure that all important elements are examined. Admart Consult’s Security Assessment is custom tailored for each company, but typically includes the following tasks:
- Risk identification and analysis
- Threat and vulnerability assessment
- Review of site and facility security
Analysis of crime data including loss history, crime statistics, and crime forecast reports.Review of degree of compliance with security requirements that are specific to your organization.
- Review of facility operating procedures
- Review of physical security systems
- Review of electronic security systems
- Review of architectural security
- Review of security policies and procedures
- Review of security management
- Review of security personnel
The Security Assessment Process
So, what can you expect when Admart Consult conducts a Security Assessment at your organization?
Prior to coming to your organization, Admart Consult will request a number of documents for our use during the assessment. These typically include plans of the site and buildings, copies of any existing security policies and procedures, samples of various types of forms, company telephone directory, employee handbook, and other similar items. We only want what you already have; if there is something on our request list that is not available, it is not a problem.
Admart Consult will work with your staff to identify the people within the organization that we would like to interview. The goal is to get a good cross-representation of all of the major operating and support departments within your organization. Typically, this would include members of senior management (CEO, CFO, CIO, etc.), department heads, and people who occupy roles which are directly related to security, such as building receptionist’s, security officers, and supply personnel. The typical interview session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
When we first arrive on site, we will start by conducting an in-depth interview with the person who presently serves as “security manager” for the facility. This may be an actual security manager, or may be the facilities manager or other person who manages the security function for the organization. This interview session covers a lot of details, and typically takes 2 to 3 hours. After this interview, we ask this person to give us a brief guided tour of the facility. We then begin conducting individual interview sessions with each of the employees identified in Step #2 above. Depending on the size of the organization, this process could take one, two, or more days.
At the conclusion of the interviews, we will conduct detailed inspections of certain areas of the facility and site. We may also spend extended periods of time observing certain areas of your facility, such as the building lobby or shipping/receiving loading docks. We will also take advantage of this opportunity to observe how your facility operates at night, and to get a general feel for the neighbourhood during the hours of darkness.
We then return to our offices and begin our formal Security Assessment process. During this process, we identify your critical assets, analyse potential threats, review loss history, study crime forecasts for your site, evaluate existing security measures, and identify potential weaknesses and areas for improvements. At the conclusion of this process, we begin to write the Security Assessment Report. It normally takes between two and three weeks from the time we complete our site visit to the time when we complete our draft report. While we are preparing the report, we often uncover things that require further investigation and study. In some cases, this may require that we return to the site to conduct additional interviews or to examine certain things more closely. We may also request certain additional documents or other information that is available from within your organization.
At the conclusion of the assessment process, we remain available to assist you with implementation of the recommendations contained within our report.
Admart Consult Consultants has assisted many companies with the planning of security processes. The typical tasks that we perform during the security planning process are:
- Identification of security risks and threats
- Determination of security requirements
- Identification of areas within the plant that require varying degrees of protection
- Creation of security zones
- Development of concepts for security control and separation
- Identification of conflicts between security and egress requirements
Security Policies and Procedures
Many organizations have the development of security policies and procedures on their “to-do” list, but don’t ever seem to complete the job. They often lack the time required to properly carry out this task, or don’t feel technically qualified to sort through some of the areas of security that must be addressed. In many cases, the individual given this responsibility is overwhelmed and doesn’t even know where to begin.