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Corporate Security

Corporate Security and Risk Assessment in India

By Sridhar Ragahvendra Vice President & Head – Admin, Facilities & EHS – Global

Physical security in an organiza- tion is usually very visible, with Facility Managers, managing the security. Security is still a nebulous concept. Physical asset may be stolen, but there may be no trace of the theft, nothing physically missing. Based on risk assessment, we are usually in a position to measure the conse- quences of theft and measures to create a process for security and assessment plan.

For managing security, we need to follow the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ or PDCA cycle. Facility Managers have to create an appropriate se- curity organization structure with defined roles and responsibilities during the planning phase. If we do not follow this process and as- sume that security is everybody’s responsibility, then ultimately, it will be nobody’s responsibility.

Who should be part of the Security Steering Commit- tee?

The corporate security commit- tee must have three levels of hierarchy: • Top management - the people

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who approve the security policy and security budgets; review the security implementation ef- forts, take note of the effective- ness of various measures and decide on the priorities. Involve- ment of top management will induce the organization to take security matters seriously.

• Security management teams consisting of people who have specific security-oriented tasks assigned to them. These teams are the backbone of the secu- rity organization. Enthusiasm of these teams will really make the organization security conscious.

• End users—the success or failure of the security initiative depends on their responsive- ness to information security.

The Facility Manager should unite these three levels towards the same objective, of securing the organization’s people and assets.

Roles and Responsibilities Security Steering Committee

(SSC) Top management has to be involved in planning the secu- rity strategies and policy mat- ters. Otherwise, they may not

appreciate the business risks of deploying technology interface in corporate security . It is worth- while to create a security forum or security steering committee, which will meet at least once in three months with a well-defined agenda.

The SCC’s responsibilities are: • Provide management’s support to the security process

• Develop security objectives, strategies and policies

• Review the risk assessment re- ports and monitor the exposure of people assets and to major threats and the business impact thereof

• Define the status of various security initiatives

• Review major security incidents

Asset Protection & Enterprise Security The very nature of today’s ex-

tended enterprise creates new and unfamiliar risk exposures that often go ignored or undiscovered until its too late. Just in time busi- ness models that rely heavily on information systems to leverage global networks of partners, sub- contractors, vendors and custom-

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