Security System Efficiency Maximized With Vulnerability Analysis

security, risk, assessment, vulnerability, analysis, organization   May 5, 2010

I'm Justin Smith, managing editor of web development for Building Operating Management magazine. Today's tip: security risks. It wouldn't make sense to go to the grocery store without knowing what you need, and the same is true with security systems. Organizations must understand the risks they are trying to mitigate when purchasing these systems, otherwise their efforts may miss a critical aspect of security coverage. Conducting a vulnerability analysis can help determine what risks are obvious and enhance the efficiency and return of the security system. Two types of analysis are common: qualitative, which combines experience, prioritization and substantial narrative information. The second method, quantitative, uses checklists, and may not always be helpful, depending on the organization's needs. Either method should include five basic steps:

     • Interviews
     • Field surveys and on-site assessment
     • Prioritization
     • Reporting and budgeting, and
     • Presentation

With some forward thinking, organizations can maximize the return on their investment and keep occupants secure.


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