Take-away for Enterprises after the Belgium Attack
The United States, European authorities, and business owners are beefing up security in government buildings, enterprise buildings, airports, railway stations and other vulnerable sites after the deadly March 22, 2016, attacks in Brussels. The threat was felt throughout Europe and the United States. As New York City tightened security, deploying more police, explosives experts, and security professionals in crowded buildings and transit locations, our nations began to showcase signs of the value for protection.
Amplify Security with Visitor-Friendly Technology
As extremist attacks targeting Europe have increased over the past year, security analysts say Europe has no other choice but to amplify its level of security not only at airports but also at high-traffic businesses and multi-tenant buildings.
The trouble with security in a free society is maintaining the balance between making sure that security is tight while respecting the foundation of a free society. The answer to the ever-growing threats facing urban environments today is not in finding new ways for people to jump through hoops to gain access to a building or public facility, but to utilize existing technology – including behavioral analysis, visitor management, access management, biometrics and security personnel – to construct safer environments.
Manage Security Lapses
It’s no surprise to anyone that Belgian security lapses may have contributed to the bombings. Most organizations realize that a security breach is not a matter of if a threat will occur, but when. A disgruntled ex-employee whose access ID badge remains active after their departure, a deranged customer or spouse of an employee who is not denied access by the company’s visitor management system, or an unsupervised visitor who gains access to sensitive data are just a few serious security lapses that can result in catastrophic consequences.
Routine risk assessments will minimize the chances of security lapses. A security plan with strict protocols and controls in place are critical to thwarting serious threats in your building.
The Take-away from the Belgium Attack
Enterprise security directors can draw parallels and learn from the mistakes of Belgian security. A list of recommendations was sent to Brussels in February urging it to repair its “deficient” security checks. The Belgian government had neglected to monitor one of the suicide bombers despite warnings from Turkish, Belgian, and French media, reporting that another attacker, possibly at large, was also a suspect in Belgium’s metro bombing, along with two suicide bombers who had targeted the Brussels Airport the same day.
A terminated employee should no longer have access to your building immediately upon their termination. Employees should be trained to report any hostile individuals who could be a danger to staff and other visitors. In this manner, they can be red flagged in the visitor management database and met by security personnel if they try to enter the building. Your visitor management system should be robust and routinely monitored to make sure it is at maximum effectiveness.
The most significant take-away from the Belgium attack is that the world has entered an era in which we are going to have to take security very seriously. This should equally cause security directors to establish and reinforce visitor management security practices that maintain the value of protection.