Whether you are creating, reviewing, or updating your security plans, keep these key points in mind:
- Carry out a risk assessment to determine the threats you potentially might face and their likelihood. Identify your vulnerabilities.
- If you are acquiring or extending premises consider security at the planning stages. It will be cheaper and more effective than adding security measures at a later date.
- Make security awareness part of your organisation's culture and ensure security is represented at a senior level.
- Ensure good, basic housekeeping throughout your business. Keep public areas tidy and well-lit, remove unnecessary furniture and keep garden areas clear.
- Keep access points to a minimum and issue staff and visitors with passes. Where possible, do not allow unauthorised vehicles close to your building.
- Install appropriate physical measures such as locks, alarms, CCTV surveillance and lighting. Examine your mail-handling procedures and consider establishing a mailroom away from your main premises.
- When recruiting staff or hiring contractors always check identities and follow up references.
- Consider how best to protect your information and take proper IT security precautions. Examine your practices for disposing of confidential material.
- Plan and test your business continuity plans to ensure that you can continue to function if you lose access to your main premises and IT systems (e.g fire, flood, earthquake, siege).