Unified, integrated security solutions stem from well-orchestrated security solution planning programs.
1. Stakeholder input
The initial phase of a successful security solution program gathers stakeholder input. From accounting to facilities to operations, every department has a reason to rely on the security solution.
If there is a slip and fall incident, for example, security might be asked to provide video footage. Human resources may want to verify the details of the incident, and management may need to investigate future prevention measures.
2. Site Survey and Security Assessment
The next step is to perform a site survey and security assessment. At a minimum, a complete site survey should be performed. The survey reviews normal operations and uncovers potential security issues. As issues are discovered, the security integration partner will identify specific systems to address this gap. Solutions may include security cameras, access control, perimeter detection, or intrusion detection. Once integrated, these systems create a unified solution.
3. Solution design
The proposed solution combines the organization’s expectations with the outcome of the vulnerability assessment. This approach minimizes risk while offering an operationally efficient design.
4. Manufacturer vetting
Once the solution is agreeable to both the organization and the integrator, the individual systems are vetted by the integrator. Manufacturer demonstrations are a great way for the organization to experience the capabilities of a product while the integrator vets the products potential applications. Demonstrations also uncover additional end-user requirements for operation and performance. While some systems can be demonstrated in a conference room, other systems, like security cameras, should be demonstrated in their intended environment.
Consider the impact on daily operations. With careful planning, impact can be effectively minimized. Most importantly, systems should always be installed by experienced, factory-trained technicians.
Once installed, modern security solutions will require regular maintenance. Historically maintenance was limited to cleaning camera lenses. Today, high-performance IP-based systems require regular updates to camera firmware and system software. Video management and access control software require regular patches and updates to optimize performance protect against cyber-attacks.
Re-evaluate organizational risks on a regular, scheduled basis. Regular evaluations will uncover new risks and verify the efficacy of current systems. When new risks are identified, supplemental solutions will need to be developed by the integrator. Likewise, more effective technologies may have since been developed to address existing concerns.
8. The Right Partner
In addition to a unified security solution that is tailored to your organization’s specific needs. There should be a partner who offers a customizable maintenance and service plan. Such a partner, like your system, can grow and change with your organization, uncovering potential problems before they arise. Additionally, such a partner can provide on-site and remote response, safeguarding your investment and securing your facility.
Adapted from Vision Security Technologies