The Independent Security Consultant & the Experienced Security Manager

The experienced Security Manager needs to understand the role of the Independent Security Consultant

There is often a reluctantly on behalf of the experienced Security Manager to call upon the services of the Independent Security Consultant. Reasons may include the fact that the Security Manager may feel he is placing his job in jeopardy because the board may view him as incompetent, or that the company has simply not allocated sufficient funds in regards to security, but to name a few. Often security is viewed as pure expenditure or a grudge purchase and not the investment that it actually is. The role of the Independent Security Consultant also remains largely misunderstood.

The Ally of the Company & the Security Manager

What is not realized is that the Independent Security Consultant is actually the ally of the Security Manager. Often when the Security Manager presents a problem to the board alone, the situation is not fully acknowledged or realized, but if the same information is provided by the Security Risk Assessor, as a professional and external source, the board understands the problem and is more likely to allocate the necessary funds required for the solution. Furthermore, the detailed Security Risk Assessment report supports better budget planning in regards to security and the expenditure of the company becomes more stabilized as unnecessary costs will be eliminated.

The True Status of your security will be revealed by the Independent Security Consultant

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The Independent Security Consultant is also in the best possible position to reveal the true status of the company’s security. As an outsider, the Security Consultant can provide an unbiased and accurate view without the fear of stepping on someone’s toes. Often the Security Manager may feel that he cannot reveal the full reality of the situation or company losses, as it may place his position in the company in endangerment.

It also needs to be noted that sometimes due to familiarity and close involvement with the company, that the Security Manager may not be able to see the source of the problem or may unintentionally overlook some important details. Again, the Independent Security Consultant can provide the Security Manager with a new perspective in regards to the company’s security and be able to recommend workable solutions to alleviate the problem.

Understanding the Security Risk Assessment

The process of the Security Risk Assessment is complicated and intricate. There is no quick, checklist and security can by no means be based on guesswork. The first phase consists of a full, thorough investigation of the site from the outside in. Various layers are considered and inspected before the next phase can begin. All threats and weaknesses in the security status of the company is identified and revealed. Based on these findings and extensive, active research, the Independent Security Consultant will then begin to derive workable solutions based purely upon functionality and need within the individualistic and unique Security Plan. This information will greatly aid the Security Manager in his important and vital role within the company by allowing the value of security to be measured and communicated to the board of the company.  Furthermore, the Security Risk Assessment can also be used by the Emergency & Disaster Management Coordinator in good and effective future planning.

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