The evolution of risk

2020-09-03

Risk prevention has always been a fundamental part of business planning and operations. And while the various forms of protection available have evolved over the years, so also has risk. About 20 years ago, professional security was mostly limited to night watchmen, armored trucks and closed circuit video cameras wired to VCRs. The main entrance to all but the most secure government or sensitive facilities would encompass nothing more than a set of glass doors and perhaps a receptionist visually checking ID cards from behind a desk.

Events between 1990 and 2001 changed those ideas forever. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the Enron scandal leading to a multitude of compliance laws, the shootings at Columbine High School and ultimately the events on 9/11 ushered in a new age of security that now encompasses cybersecurity as well.

Security and life safety have always been in lockstep, as they are both fundamental needs of organizations to shield people and property from harm. Today, these two concerns are merging in an unprecedented way as the global COVID-19 pandemic is causing a paradigm shift in operations. Now it is also necessary to protect ourselves from the handles, buttons and other structural components of buildings we regularly need to touch for entry and exit.

PROBLEMS PRESENTED AT ENTRY POINTS

The entry has always been one of the most vulnerable and critical points in a facility. Whether the concern is compliance, cybersecurity, terrorism, violence, theft or any of the hundreds of other risks facing businesses, it is of fundamental importance to secure any location where people can enter a facility.

From a security perspective, the objective is to keep any unauthorized individuals out of the building or off the campus. Further, within each building, the objective is to ensure that any individual division, area, wing or room can only be entered by those who are authorized to be in that place at that time.

securitytoday.com, 3 September 2020
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