From Protection Circle:
This article is intended for non-security professionals who are looking for advice on how to get a physical security program started.
OK, you’ve gotten to the point where your organization needs to employ some physical security measures. Now, for most small companies, startups, VCs, foundations and family offices, having to deal with security isn’t the most fun thing in the world. But just like you have to deal with such things as facility maintenance, insurance and HR, once you reach a point when security becomes relevant, there’s no use in ignoring it.
Over the years, I’ve worked with dozens of companies that tackled their security issues from every-which-way, some successfully and many not so much. So let me help you navigate through what really doesn’t have to be a difficult and painful process. (Believe it or not, it can even be quite interesting)
Not to denigrate my own industry, but it’s not exactly rocket science. If you do things properly, you can get where you want to go while saving yourself a lot of hassle and tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. I can write an entire book about this (in fact, maybe I should at some point), but for now, let’s just get you started with the basics.
Before we delve into the actual components, there are some important points you should know about security. Bare with me on this because much of the money and hassle savings are contained in this segment.
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How Do You Create Security?
Short answer: By minimizing risk. This is why the term Risk Management describes things much better than the vague umbrella term Security.
Risk is primarily reduced by means of control. For this, you’ll want to define and control your property, set boundaries between your property and the outside world, and control/filter the access of people into the property.
Keep in mind that there are no formulas for achieving a desirable level of control/risk management. Every organization balances things according to their own level of concern, comfort, risk tolerance, importance of assets, operational requirements, budgets and organizational identity.
The only ratio you should keep in mind is that the level of security is usually inversely related to the level of comfort, convenience and openness. As one goes up, the other goes down. It’s just a fact you’ll have to accept as you move forward.
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We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”