Security risk assessment’s deliverables

Security risk assessment’s deliverables –
  1. Education stands as the primary goal of assessments.

The primary goal of conducting security risk assessments is to educate clients about Security Risks and vulnerabilities within their companies’ or residences security infrastructure. By thoroughly analyzing existing security measures and identifying areas for improvement, assessments provide valuable insights that help educate decision-makers and clients about the current state of security and the steps needed to mitigate risks effectively.

  1. Why is a Risk Assessor requesting all the documents?

As a security risk assessor, it is my obligation to guarantee that the client complies with security standards and regulations. When doing an assessment, it is like an inspection or audit, and PSIRA expects me to check that all documentation and certificates are on file and up to date. I need to make the client aware of the consequences if these paperwork and certificates are not in place. If not, this is clearly an identified risk.

  1. Opportunity Makes the Thief.

It is said that ‘Opportunity makes the thief’, and these words ring true in our daily lives. Eliminate the opportunity, and you will eliminate the crime. We cannot precisely determine or foresee who the criminal will be, nor can we always understand how his mind operates. The same applies to predicting when a criminal will act. However, we can influence how he attempts to accomplish the crime.

  1. The Deadly Flaws in South African Security.
    • Not all parties are aware of their security responsibilities.
    • Not all Security Plans rely on a comprehensive Security Risk Assessment report. The security risk assessment serves as the foundation for a security plan.
    • Many apply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and fail to see that security is a multi-level discipline. There are no quick checklists or “off the shelf” solutions.
    • Risk management and security risk assessments are not the same.
    • Security and assessment documentation are rarely checked. In fact, it must be examined every 2–3 years to ensure its validity.
    • Many security structures rely on conjecture rather than solid facts.
    • Security awareness is often underestimated.
    • Complacency is the silent murderer.
  1. Learn from other’s mistakes.

In the context of security risk assessments, this statement emphasizes the importance of leveraging lessons learned from past security incidents or breaches. By studying case studies and analyzing the security practices of similar organizations, clients can gain valuable insights into potential risks and vulnerabilities. Assessors may use real-world examples to illustrate the consequences of security lapses and highlight the importance of proactive risk mitigation strategies. One such example the Thabo Bester case.

  1. Evaluation of Service Providers.

Assessors assess the performance and reliability of third-party service providers involved in providing security-related services to the company. This may include assessing the effectiveness of security guard services, alarm monitoring companies. By assessing service providers, companies can ensure that they are receiving quality services that meet their security needs and standards.

  1. Access Control.

Access control is controlling access to a property or building; people mustn’t confuse access control with access monitoring. Most buildings and properties only monitor access. According to the informants, a gate or door is normally the first-place criminals investigate or scan to get access to the property or the building. 95% of all access control points or gates in South Africa are not secure and operate incorrectly.

  1. Security Awareness.

Security awareness issues, we explain are crime and security. People must have a thorough understanding of security and crime, not only read about them. It is also where the management makes sure that everybody speaks the same security language.

Security awareness training is essential for educating employees about security best practices and promoting a culture of security within a company. therefore, Assessors evaluate the effectiveness of security awareness programs by assessing employee knowledge, behavior, and adherence to security policies. Improving security awareness helps reduce the risk of insider threats and human error, enhancing overall security resilience.

  1. THE WATCHDOGS.

Watchdogs are persons who look out for criminals. These people frequently hide in plain sight since they refer to people in the suburbs as ‘Sleepwalkers’, which means we don’t pay attention to our surroundings, so they don’t have to go to great measures to hide.

Watchdogs could be individuals observed sitting on street corners, hanging out in the road, or simply sitting about. When you spot someone, as described above, contact your security company or CPF and request an investigation.

  1. Read the Security risk assessment.

Reviewing the security risk assessment report is crucial for clients to understand the findings and recommendations, and proposed action plans. By carefully reading the assessment report, decision-makers can gain valuable insights into the companies’ security posture and prioritize remediation efforts. Assessors may provide detailed explanations and actionable recommendations to help clients address identified security risks effectively.

The following points can be found in your risk assessment report. Each topic will be discussed in great detail.

Written by Andre Mundell Independent Risk Advisor Alwinco.

We offer security risk assessments in Fauna, Margate, Cape Town, Johannesburg cbd, Carlswald, Rivonia, and Hatfield, among other parts of South Africa.

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