Physical Security Case Study

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The human factor of physical security consists of the people who own the property being protected, the people who work at the property or those that visit the property/protected area, and the security personnel guarding the property. As such the human factor of physical security is the most critical component; however it is also the most neglected aspect of most physical security programs. Physical security cannot be wholly successful without the human factor element and the active support of these user groups. For example, when the aim is to protect a critical facility from attack or to provide access control for an office building it is necessary to engage people on the proper use of any security systems that are in place, for instance security alarms. If the alarm goes off and employees have no idea what it signifies…show more content…
The benefits of an effective security culture include: • employees engagement in security related matters, and take responsibility for security issues • increased levels of compliance with protective security measures • the risk of security incidents and breaches is reduced by encouraging employees to think and act in more security conscious ways; • employees are more likely to report behaviours/activities of concern whether inside or outside the organization • the risk of reputational and/or financial damage to the organisation is reduced. Developing a security culture within an organisation is about encouraging staff to respect common values and standards towards security whether they are inside or outside the workplace. Management buy-in, establishing policies and updating them regularly, identifying and communicating the security awareness goals and message clearly and often are some of the ways which organizations can achieve higher levels of security awareness a stronger security

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