• White Paper-The 4 Most Critical Considerations for Physical Security Systems: #1

    Consideration #1: Requirements Definition and Cost

    The first step in any security and protection assignment is to determine to what extent a subject will be protected. This will take into account several factors.

    Threat
    What is the direct threat to the asset? Is the threat coming from a physical attack or a technology system attack? From an unknown source?

    Vulnerabilities
    Where is the asset vulnerable? The size and type of the asset will determine what types of vulnerabilities could open it for an attack. Larger assets like a tanker will have very different vulnerabilities than a piece of software.

    Value of Asset
    We must establish the value to properly secure the asset. Items vary in actual value to a government, person or business. A nuclear weapon may take $1 billion to build, but it may be worth $10 billion to a terrorist on the black market. And worth many, many billions to the Free World to keep it safe.

    Cost
    How much is the client able to pay for the protection of the asset? We offer options to clients to meet different budgets. We are able to address different concerns to give the client an educated 3rd Party assessment of their cost and potential benefit.

    Impact of Failure
    If the client’s security system were to fail what is the impact? Answering this question allows us to quantify the impact of a poorly designed system. We assess the entire operation to give the client a multifaceted view of the operation and protection plan.

    All of the above questions and criteria must be taken into consideration when developing a security system for an area, an item or a technology. We assess the threat, find possible and probable vulnerabilities, appraise the asset and impact of failure as well as give our clients a look at what the operation will cost from start to finish. If a client is going to spend $10 million protecting a weapons factory for example, this initial assessment will allow us to demonstrate how the cost of the project is justified by the potential failures or losses.

    There are many points of view to consider when securing any asset and we look at the issue from every possible angle. Our clients are able to make informed decisions because we show them the best scenario from every angle.

    In the U.S., everyone, from politicians to the public to the media, feels empowered to issue accolades or hurl criticisms about different situations and events. With the attack on the Benghazi mission, the public asks questions about whether too few or too many people and procedures were in place, or if too much or too little money was spent on security. Just as saving cost is a number-one concern when building a security system, blaming cost is a number-one accusation when a security system fails. Therefore, it is critical to define requirements specifically and control costs wisely so that designers and planners, who are almost always constrained by a limited budget, can prioritize and protect spending on the most important aspects of the system.

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