In today’s global and mobile environment, security functions need to accommodate both physical and digital assets across multiple applications and time zones. While traditional security systems focused on physical assets, like facilities and people, today’s environment proves complex with the additional layer of cyber security. This poses a challenge for security teams who acquire more jurisdiction with less resources. As a solution, security teams should consider strengthening protocols and strategies to achieve their role in protecting corporate assets. Here, we share tips based on our experiences.
Conduct regular risk assessments
All organizations, regardless of size, should conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities. This includes both physical and cybersecurity risks. Larger organizations systematically conduct assessments, however small to medium-sized companies often forego this opportunity. A good exercise is to include people from different functions in order to get a broader perspective.
Implement access controls
A strong security system should consider both network and facility access controls. Network access control, such as two-factor authentication and role-based access controls, can help organizations prevent unauthorized access to systems and data. For facility access controls, consider systems that work with a combination of different credentials to maximize security and convenience. Additionally, utilizing cloud-based access control will reduce costs and improve security. It is also possible to combine both network and physical access control for greater results.
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Develop and implement smart security policies and procedures
This may sound obvious, however from our experience, many organizations do not have strong SOPs. It is important to have comprehensive yet practical guidelines that cover all aspects of security management including physical security, cybersecurity and employee training. To create an effective set of security policies and procedures, security teams should consider specific risks to the organization, the nature of the business and localization in different operating regions.
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Invest in employee training & increase awareness
Employee training is probably the least expensive strategy, yet it is often overlooked the most. It is important for all employees to understand their role in maintaining security and mitigating potential security threats. Furthermore, training allows a wider surveillance tactic as employees will learn how to identify threats, in cases like social engineering and phishing attempts. Training topics can include security best practices and incident response protocols. We suggest taking a results driven approach with ongoing training and evaluation with training and awareness programs.
Conduct regular security exercises and audits
Organizations should consider regular security audits, exercises and drills to ensure that security measures remain effective and up-to-date. Executing regular exercises and drills can guarantee that all personnel are well-versed managing a real-time risk with mock experiences. Exercises can include situations like cyber attacks, fire drills, physical attacks, and other plausible risks. Audits can be done internally and externally by third-party security experts.
Implement a security incident response plan
Security teams should be prepared in the case of a security incident with and outlined plan. Include procedures for reporting and responding to incidents, define communication channels and prompt notifications to relevant stakeholders and authorities.
Many organizations employ lean security teams with limited resources. In this case, consider outsourcing certain jobs to your trusted security partner. Whether it’s SOC management, project management, regional security management or other aspects, many links in the security infrastructure can be outsourced.
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Stay updated on the latest security threats and trends
For a security system to remain reliable, it is important to stay updated on emerging technology and trends to address ever-evolving threats and risks. We recommend security personnel be involved in the security community by attending security conferences and training events where experts share the latest strategies.
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