How to Build an Effective Corporate Security Plan

Modern security ensures thorough protection of people and assets

A bad security plan, or no security plan at all, can have dire consequences for a corporation, leaving a business vulnerable to everything from theft of physical goods to corporate espionage. In fact, businesses of all sizes are subject to a wide variety of internal and external threats like burglary, active shooters, and even disgruntled administrators with a lot of access. Unmitigated security risks can result in lost assets and revenue for the affected company, but there’s also legal liability, especially when employees are injured. A sound corporate security plan is the ultimate way to combat these dangers and keep your company safe.

The basics of corporate security

Corporate security is exactly what it sounds like – it’s the practice of protecting your business from perceived threats, and this includes physical assets as well as employees.

A corporate security plan is a detailed roadmap that outlines the most effective ways to enact these protections. As a company leader or executive, you might think you understand your company’s risks, and it seems easy to cherry pick the security features that you feel are most relevant. But landing on a great security plan requires a few steps:

• You need a vulnerability assessment – you’ll gain a deeper understanding of potential threats, visible and invisible, known and unknown.
• Then you’ll need a risk analysis – of all these threats, which ones are most likely to occur and how prepared is your company to deal with them?
• Lastly, you’ll have a finalized plan – the ultimate objective is to reduce the threat level and improve your company’s capacity to handle risk over time.

What does a corporate security plan include?

Your company’s security plan will be unique to your business’ needs and vulnerabilities, but most often, the following components are included:
• Day-to-day policies and procedures, designed to make safety and security part of your company’s culture.
• Directions and protocols for emergency situations (e.g. active shooters on the premises)
• Clear communication about the team members who are responsible for implementing the plan

Many of the best practices in the security plan can also be beneficial in employees’ personal lives, especially protocols for active shooter events, robbery prevention, and burglaries. Policies for these events involve safety measures that are just as effective at a personal residence or in public places like malls and movie theaters. Your security plan can help ensure your staff stays safe, even when they’re off the clock.

Regardless of your company’s risks, it’s essential to have a thorough, tailor-made corporate security plan to protect your people and assets. Contact us today to start exploring your options.