Government buildings, retail locations, residential communities, and more require some level of security. While security needs can vary, there are commonalities, among them the need to protect people, property, and data. Here are some tips to consider as you plan for security in 2020 and beyond.
Expand your definition of egress
Traditionally, egress control focuses on how individuals gain access to your building, but there is more to consider. If your building is not public, there is nothing wrong with insulating it to prevent people who don’t belong there from even getting close or even knowing you are there. Consider a soft barrier such as a hedge or, if needed, something more intimidating such as a fence or a wall that leaves no question that uninvited guests are unwelcome. This can reduce the number of individuals you must screen, leaving you with those who belong and those who do not but are undeterred by barriers. Signage can also be displayed to indicate who can gain access to the property.
Protect your data
People can gain access to your data, not just your physical location. No doubt, cybersecurity is an integral part of your security planning, but the dangers continue to grow. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), virtually everything is connected, with more items becoming network, wifi, or Bluetooth enabled every day – each a possible vulnerability to breach. Be sure that your cybersecurity strategy includes all access points and that a clear policy is outlined regarding what is permitted on-site and what is not. Phishing efforts have become harder than ever to detect. Prevent as much as possible from reaching employees and train employees on how to identify threats as well.
Virtual reality training
Quickly get new guards up to speed or train current employees on new threats or procedures with virtual reality training. It can present a lifelike simulation of a possible risk for trainees to view and respond to. It creates a more realistic and immersive experience than that found in books or videos.
With the ubiquity of smart devices to be found in virtually every pocket, security guards are increasingly putting them to use on the job. They can provide quick communication, access to remote monitoring of cameras. Smart devices can be used to control lighting, door locks, camera positioning, and more.
Even far-flung or hazardous locations can be protected with remote monitoring. With service such as BOS Security’s VirtuGuard™ remote guarding services, security professionals can monitor your cameras from a central location 24/7/365 to identify threats and take action.
Ramp up security for 2020 and beyond
Contact the experts at BOS Security at 404-793-6965 to get started. We can assess your current situation and design and implement a cutting edge plan to deal with risks you know about and others you may not have anticipated.