Tools for Managing Security Across Organizations
Risks from terrorist attacks (domestic and foreign), threats of active shooters, corporate theft and other hazards have business owners and enterprises seeking new, innovative security options to protect their employees and property. Today, security management has taken on a more advanced and complex role, encompassing a number of technologies, processes and solutions in order to meet the high level of demand for safety. Since the world’s multitude of office buildings and enterprise facilities come with their own floor plans, surroundings and unique challenges, no generic security solution will do.
While security involves keeping employees, visitors and property safe, it also involves the protection of the organization’s data stores and intellectual property, often across a wide network of local, nationwide and worldwide facilities; this also includes the need to address the potential for internal and external threats.
Security professionals and business owners are forced to stay one step ahead of increasingly savvy criminals and criminal organizations to combat cyber-terrorism, as well as on-site threats.
No longer are video surveillance, access control and other physical security systems enough to protect enterprises from current threats and risks. Today, visitor management systems are being integrated with IT, physical, and cyber security strategies to help fend off the potential of a costly and damaging attack that can happen when security risks are not mitigated adequately.
A one-system IT department can no longer control the complicated labyrinth that security has become in the current heightened risk environment. Security managers need to evaluate technology options and develop programs and initiatives that can increase situational awareness and simultaneously drive new levels of efficiency with all the complex security programs and solutions being integrated to act as an enterprise-wide “firewall” against crime.
Technology Partnered with Situational Awareness
Technology is at the heart of the transformative growth of security and risk management. Strategies that involve a variety of systems and detection devices help security managers and their teams collect and interpret various data that drives actionable intelligence. But too often, these complex systems do not communicate with each other, which can lead to a time consuming and burdensome process with diminished effectiveness.
Security today leverages critical information from multiple business, risk and security systems – called situational awareness – which is achieved by utilizing critical information from multiple security, risk and business solutions into a single view to expose trends, anomalies or intersections, thus quickly identifying potential vulnerabilities. Situational awareness solutions integrate once separate technologies into a single, centralized platform, allowing security teams to improve real-time responsiveness through situational awareness, aimed at achieving practical and effective security protocols.
To maximize analysis and strategy development, centralized solutions are now able to help amplify analysis and investigations, debriefing and incident reconstruction, enabling security personnel to more efficiently plan, coordinate and share data. New innovations are faster and more accessible, making it possible for different personnel, security agencies, and the general public to communicate with each other through numerous lines of communication for better results.
Also, social media plays a huge role today in sharing information across devices, and is expected to continue to be a communication force for generations. By engaging the public through social media, as well as employees within an organization, security staffers can benefit from the ability to get a more complete picture of incidents as they occur. The public can report on suspicious activities, crime or vandalism – anonymously if they prefer – all through the convenient use of their smartphones.
Comprehensive Security Management in Today’s Risk Environment
Prior security protocols were ill-equipped to manage an emergency with information flooding in from various sources. Today’s security technologies provide greater efficiency for handling timely and relevant information streams, while providing support resources that help security managers remain focused in critical circumstances. A comprehensive archive of any event needs to be easily accounted for and presented in a detailed format to streamline response and minimize the likelihood of human error during an emergency. The ability to save and analyze reports and audit trail data can benefit enterprises by providing all relevant information necessary to establish and evaluate trends and incidents after they occur, and identify patterns that could lead to future threats and trends.
Preventative intelligence is critical to managing security operations. When you consider the global threats against enterprises, cities and countries that stream-in practically every day, preventative intelligence plays an important role in building intuition and establishing insight into recognizable behavior patterns to help law enforcement if an investigation is launched. Archived data collected through visitor management programs is key in assisting the preventative intelligence strategy.
By integrating new technology solutions that meet your organization’s security needs, your security team is able to achieve a greater level of situational awareness to drive actionable intelligence. This enables security, law enforcement and other responders to act quickly and more efficiently, strengthening their effectiveness and elevating safety throughout your organization. Veristream has found that, through implementing and deploying visitor management technology and other solutions, organizations worldwide are benefiting through reduced operational and planning costs, reduced crime rates among enterprises, and improved response times to potentially harmful events.