Office Security: Threat and Risk Assessment (TRA) in Digital Age

In today’s age, a comprehensive Threat and Risk Assessment (TRA) is necessary for implementing an effective physical security program. Security management needs to keep up and address the risks spreading across America every year.

A TRA provides a more thorough security risk assessment. It includes threat statistics, historical data and much more. As one of the best Security consultants in Dallas, Texas, we can prepare assessments in consent with applicable standards and industry best practices.

The main objective of TRA is to protect against liability through understanding the risks. It aims at identifying exposures by determining potential security weaknesses. Then, we take appropriate action to manage the risks which reduce the occurrence of threatening events.

Raising Awareness of Risk

The knowledge of risks in an organization is meant to rise by TRAs. The goal is to reach the level where risk-based decisions are effectively put into use. All the information is secured by TRAs.

As a security challenge, our team can prepare a TRA with a broader scope and multiple possibilities. We organie and list down the goals of TRAs. An action plan is created on the basis of which various threats are identified and qualified.

Step by Step Threat and Risk Assessment

The standard process of TRA consists of asset identification, threat analysis, risk assessment, and risk management. At the identification stage, assets are arranged in priority order. A cost versus benefit analysis is conducted to improve security countermeasures.

Threat analysis uncovers possible threats. The event of damage classifies the root causes. Risk assessment is a stage at which risk patterns appear. It recommends improvement in local laws and industry practices. Then, in the final Risk management stage, implement cost-effective measures, including practical migration strategies.

Access control refers to the keys, locks or any mechanic devices that prevent unauthorized entry of a person. It exists to deter or delay potential security violations.

Aspects to Consider

  • Controlling secure areas
  • Reviewing access controls
  • Closing up or monitoring non-standard entry points
  • Visitor supervision
  • Segregating access points
  • Physical penetration test
  • Random checks for unauthorized items
  • Presence of detectors
  • Documentation of discarding best practices 
  • Monitoring and recording via security cameras
  • Measures to prevent unauthorized people from entering the secure area

Several tools can evaluate physical security risk. It includes police crime data, statistics available, spreadsheets and reports. The security team needs to speak on the phone to stay updated about the situation.

Institutions join with security companies to collect information about the equipment and procedures. It can be helpful while making decisions regarding resources.

The Importance of a Continuous Presence

Security should be present 24-hours a day. Due to the high crime rate, security is more alert during the working hours. However, high-risk areas need special security even after working hours. There is a risk the cleaning crew leaves a door open giving easy access to offenders. Receptions, stairway access, windows, and doors must be covered. Otherwise, security breaches can occur if the physical server within the building is compromised. Therefore, multiple threat assessment approaches are applied.

Different Approaches to TRAs:

In the digital age, there are multiple approaches to Threat and Risk Assessment.

1. Mobile Security Risk Assessment (MSRA):

An analysis of security risks by mobile devices including smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices.

2. Application Security Risk Assessment (ASRA): 

An assessment of the software used on-site. This includes applications illegally downloaded or used by employees for prohibited activities.

3. Cloud Security Risk Assessment (CSRA): 

An assessment of security threats regarding cloud or other similar services.

4. Information Security Risk Assessment (ISRA): 

An analysis of the security risks regarding hardware systems, operating systems, servers or other network systems to assess and prevent information breach.

The Next Step

Agile Security can also provide a full security survey. It provides infrastructure, including personnel training, applicable procedures, and physical design. A carefully crafted security plan can be less expensive while implementing it. As we have observed, it is often the case of shifting resources rather than acquiring new ones. Rates of insurance can be minimized depending on the extent of the security plan. Also, items or resources purchased for security purposes can be passed into tax money. 

“Tailgating” is a common security term used for when an unauthorized person passes the security. This has been a problem for corporations owning small office space. The most traditional remedy for this issue is security awareness among the employees. Recently, delivery services have undergone innovations that might make security risks even more prevalent. These risks mostly involve a lack of access control.

Digital Threats for Office Security

  • Food Delivery Issues

Services like Uber has always had some security issues. Critics of Uber point out that the company does not have any driver registration system. This means that any driver with any history can sign up for the company. After a lot of struggle, Uber has received security acceptance.

Now the corporations that own small office space, face all-new security challenges. Employees often get their food delivered on the office door. One legal issue in the food delivery service is the fact that the franchise that created the food is not delivering it. So, in case of any food tampering, you do not know who is to be contacted. Also, the driver knows one or two employees are working late in the office daily. That creates a security risk in itself 

  • Increased Lack of Accountability

In the usual setup of food delivery, an employee of the associated franchise delivers the food so that the driver is then accountable to the people of the franchise. Uber has no accountability like this. It also results in poor delivery of the food.

Therefore, Uber drivers are acting as contractors for the companies of food delivery. The security service would only be able to move against the specific driver who causes any damage. But it would not be able to move against the franchise, because it does not employ the driver.

Even locating the driver might prove challenging to the security corporation, because the food supplier does not keep records of who delivered the order. That information is provided only through Uber.

  • Optimize Access Control

Security risk management is meant to detect unauthorized intrusions into a building. Security corporations generally use two measures;

  1. Surveillance systems 
  2. Access control

Access control refers to the keys, locks or any mechanic devices that prevent unauthorized entry of a person. It exists to deter or delay potential security violations. Agencies need a considerable amount of resources while designing and maintaining their access control systems. They also have to ensure that their system has all the relevant computer patches and system upgrades.

New Security Solutions:

Some grocery delivery services allow their delivery persons to enter both outer and inner security layers. This personnel does not need any key to cross different security levels. One of the safest assessments for the employees is to meet the delivery drivers by themselves. So that the driver can’t reach the innermost layer of security.

It is necessary to discuss the different layers of security when we talk about protection. The outermost layer of security is the borders. The middle layer of security is the building envelope. The innermost layer of security is the door to each unit.

Towards the interior of a facility, the security team should be more strict. Traditional security should discourage intruders. What do these security concerns mean for overall business security?

How Agile Can Help You?

Agile security can efficiently secure your office space with a vast knowledge of digital threats. A combined approach of monitoring cameras and security guards should be applied. Lobbies should have surveillance systems. Vigitanly guard entry and exit points. It restricts the access of unauthorized people. These new services will increase convenience for employees. Experts recommend that the office security manager should regularly discuss new potential security issues. Therefore, we offer you a FREE consultation on your security requirements. Please call Agile Security at (214)-962-0314 and contact us here.

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