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In today’s data rich corporate environment, we are all sensitive to online threats and cybersecurity. However, physical office security should never be overlooked or taken for granted. Office security should be regularly tested and audited. Emergency response procedures should be regularly refreshed and updated. Ensure that the contact information for building security, police and property management are easily accessible.
Office security should be part of the corporate culture and employees should be trained to identify potential risks. These risks might be unidentified visitors beyond office hours or unattended bags left out in public areas, or suspicious mail or packages. Your front and other access doors are the obvious vulnerable spots and access should be limited to one monitored entrance. Visitors should be monitored, and identification validated. A strict key control policy should be implemented and employees should be aware of policies dealing with USB keys, computers, and other physical restrictions.
Cameras should also be considered, especially at entrances or in parking areas. Surveillance cameras in the office are also an important element of a security plan, although should be approached with caution and an understanding of the purpose. An employer who suspects that an offence (such as theft) is being committed could reasonably install a camera if its done in good faith. But installing a hidden camera, without any purpose, could backfire on an employer. Installing an openly visible camera in an office in strategic areas can make sense and be used to monitor workplace spaces to ensure such areas (and valuables) are not being misused.
Cameras can also affect corporate culture as some workers may feel that video surveillance creates discomfort for fear of being watched. Others may feel they offer assistance and security. Ensure you consult a professional to provide further advice on using surveillance in the workplace.
By Sean Gladney, Vice-President, The Investigators Group Inc.
You can contact Sean via email at email@example.com
The Investigators Group Inc. is a full-service private investigation and security firm serving customers across North America since 1995.
by Sean Gladney