Security has recently been a hot topic everywhere and now Silicon Valley is one of the most frequently violated locations for security breaches in the United States. Since so many well-known technology companies like Facebook, Oracle and Google, just to name a few, have chosen the Silicon Valley as their home, the focus on cyber security has skyrocketed and these companies are allocating more resources to protecting their data and technology. In the past, all types of security have been a luxury rather than a necessity and with the current climate, that type of old school thinking is quickly going by the wayside. Data breaches and “Internet of Things” risks are now a top concern for most cyber-security C-Suites.
While there is clearly a need to protect data and intellectual property, the value of physical assets is being overlooked when it comes to maintaining and growing business.
Most large companies have implemented some kind of physical security at their location, however budgeting for physical security has not typically been a top priority. With the new hacker culture threatening data, I don’t think physical security is going to be climbing the budget list any time soon. So how do we continue to improve a physical security force and still ensure fulfillment of protection requirements on a budget that may not increase?
Historically, most resources for physical security are allocated to the day shift when most employees are at work. Traditional observe and report only security officers are a great daytime visual and mental deterrent for most tech companies. The focus on security has shifted recently to also include a receptionist /customer service type of presence. Since daytime is the focal point for most companies, the quality of staff and level of supervision is much higher at that time. This leaves an opportunity for criminal activity during the most vulnerable times- after dark where most companies’ physical security is the weakest. Metrics show that building breaches, vandalism and theft happen most often between 8pm and 5am. Doesn’t it seem illogical that this is when most companies down size or eliminate security?
What replaces the missing security presence? Cameras traditionally are the first line of defense for after dark crime detection. This is a solid approach, however unless someone is continuously watching the cameras, this reactive strategy does not avoid loss. Interestingly, statistics show that you can only watch a camera for a few minutes before you are missing key events. Check out these videos, you might be surprised at the results. (Make sure to watch both) – http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/videos.html .
So, what can provide a better defense after dark when security officers or cameras can only provide to be reactionary of a crime that has already happened? The solution is Remote Guarding. The addition of digital guards can provide eyes on the ground to your boots on the ground. It is a pro-active approach to crime prevention and a force multiplier to any physical security team. Implementing a rapid response strategy builds the most effective and efficient security solution possible, and aggressively protects places where people should not be. Remote guarding is revolutionizing the security industry and is greatly improves the effectiveness of monitoring areas where traditional approaches are weak. This cost effective, proven security addition will give you the comfort in knowing that someone is always awake, always present and everywhere.
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ShaRon Selby is a Director of Security Solutions at Elite Interactive Solutions. She is an experienced Director and Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the security and investigations industry. To learn more about Remote Guarding, contact ShaRon by sending her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org