Security - Is it a necessity?

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Security is mostly excessive until it is inadequate. Each day we wake up, do our routine activities, more often than not; and then go to bed. Not often do we actually think of the many ways by which we can be the next victim of a crime, an accident or a threat? This may be a fair assumption. No two days are ever the same, yet a lot of our security assessments, if we are so wired, assume future threats based on past experience; would this then be erroneous.

Security can be considered excessive, it may be seen as an overhead cost, an unnecessary element of an annual budget, and the guy or girl who stands out front to give the impression that we are protected. Security is not a barrier lifting man or woman, or someone who signs a register or maintains a log. Security is everything that prevents loss, protects a company's interest and enhances the safety and peace of mind of staff and customers. Security then becomes a most needed element of business and personal success, ranging from the access codes and biometrics on a commercial complex to a simple pin on a cell phone.... the absence of which may make us highly vulnerable.

Our routines include locking our doors after leaving home, securing our belongings and putting a password on a mobile device, that is mostly in our possession. These activities are not merely practiced as a consequence of being a victim; but merely based on what ifs and assumptions. The levels of security that we employ should be proportional to the assets that we are protecting, or the perceived risk that is assumed after taking other factors into consideration. Security measures are not to be employed to fill a gap, but should be effectively executed to safeguard your interests.

No one wants to be a victim of crime, especially with the high levels of unpredictability of the outcome. But how many of us actually take the necessary precautions so that we do not end up being a victim. Because our activities are routine, then it is easy to think that safety is an end-result of 'routine-ness'. However this could not be more flawed... Routine Activities Theory relates patterns behind offending.... which explains that crime is normal and requires the opportunity, the victim and the motivated offender. Our responsibility is to minimize the opportunities for the offender and empower/safeguard the unprotected victim. Since it was previously stated that our activities are routine, how much security would we need since our actions can be predetermined by a motivated offender?

Now that we are looking at a multiplicity of scenarios, and we understand that yesterday's threat does not determine tomorrow's fate; our security framework cannot be limited. Our assessments must be futuristic; there may always be a first time; but how do you safeguard against that which has never occurred. Let us use past experiences of losses, the evidence of the threats around us, and the examples of similar markets to guide our decision to invest in security measures. If security remains a back up plan, instead of a superior blueprint; then our vulnerabilities will always be usurped by the motivated offender. There are many examples highlighting security compromises that can be cited internationally; but will your company, your home or your personal safety be numbered on the example list for others to learn from?

Your next area of vulnerability may not have been identified as yet, but it may be your achilles heel. It may also have been identified; but superficially mitigated. In this dynamic and fluid global community, we cannot use the same measures to mitigate new and emerging threats.

Invest in the quality of security that you employ, make it resounding... because Security will always be seen as excessive until it is inadequate.

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