Physical Security Checklist: 7 Must Haves For Your Business

By New Era Technology - 1 Jul, 2024
Physical Security
3 Minutes Read

Cybersecurity threats like ransomware, cyber attacks and zero-day exploits get a lot of attention, but physical security shouldn’t be neglected. Traditional risk assessments think a deadbolt, a lone security guard, and a CCTV system are good enough. This is no longer the case. To keep your employees and valuables safe, you need a robust physical security strategy with the right tools.

This checklist outlines essential physical security features every building should possess:

1. Comprehensive Door and Alarm Systems

While most main entrances likely have alarms, emergency exits are often overlooked. All entry and exit points, including windows, should have functioning locks and motion detection or sensors connected to monitored and inspected alarm systems. Critical internal areas like server rooms and document storage require similar protection. Ensure all alarms have backup power for outages and undergo regular testing.

2. Access Control Systems

Use access controls that use tools like keys, key cards, badges, fingerprint scanners, or similar to verify a person’s identity before entering the building. These systems should also maintain an audit trail that tracks who enters the building and when to prevent any security incidents.

3. Modern Video Surveillance

Today’s video surveillance systems offer high-quality footage, often in colour, with remote monitoring capabilities. Cameras can record nonstop or activate recording and data storage upon detecting motion or an alarm trigger. Leaving security cameras visible acts as a deterrent to both internal and external threats. 

4.Proper Lighting

Poor lighting creates an advantage for criminals and hinders security personnel and law enforcement. Ensure lighting systems have overlapping coverage in case of bulb failure. Protect the power supply for these systems to prevent tampering, and regularly test both standby and emergency lighting.

5. Communication and IT Infrastructure

Your security plan should address communication protocols:

  • Is someone notified when the alarm triggers? Who?
  • What notification methods will you use?
  • Are your communication systems reliable and secure?
  • Do you have backup communication methods in place?
  • Are computer systems and equipment only accessible to authorised personnel?

6. Secure Document and Technology Disposal

Many organisations hold onto physical files and devices long after their usefulness. Leaving these old assets creates a main target for criminals, even if hard drives and devices are supposedly empty. Outdated documents require shredding, and old technology needs removal from the premises by a reputable e-waste disposal company.

7. Trained Personnel

For organisations open to the public, receptionists and sales staff often serve as the first line of defence. Employee training should equip them to handle situations involving threatening individuals or suspicious activity.

Just like a good IT security strategy protects your digital assets, a great physical security approach is essential to prevent unofficial access to your facility, specific areas, and critical resources within.

New Era can help you design and implement a secure, and well-managed physical security strategy for your building. Contact us today. 

Author: New Era Technology

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