Business continuity is about building and improving resilience in your business. It is about devising plans and strategies that will enable you to continue your business operations and enable you to recover quickly and effectively from any type disruption whatever its size or cause. It gives you a solid framework to lean on in times of crisis and provides stability and security.
Because unforeseen events do happen, in order for organisations to return to business as usual after an event, they must be resilient and responsive and have an effective business continuity management programme. This will play a key role in guiding the organisation through a crisis or disruption to their business.
Physical Security Policies
It is essential to get all security personnel within an organisation on the same page about security. This is the role of a documented physical security policy that will contain simple action plans that outline the steps security personnel should take in any given scenario.
These should include after-hour, weekend, and emergency scenarios within each action plan, and they should be incorporated into your organisation’s official security policies and procedures.
Having this physical security policy in place will help strengthen your security for business continuity plan. In the event of an unforeseen occurrence, your organisation’s security team will not be thrown into a state of panic or confusion as they will already have a contingency plan included in the physical security policy.
As part of your security for business continuity plan, the following action plans should be included in your organisation’s physical security policies and procedures. This is not an exhaustive list, they are basic physical security plans your organisation can begin with.
- Acts of violence in the workplace
- Bomb Threat Event
- Elevator Entrapment
- Fire Outbreak
- Hazardous Materials
- Natural Disaster
- Medical Emergency
- Hostage Situation
- Building Collapse
Workplace disasters stretch across genders, age groups, industries and geography. They affect every business of any form. And serious workplace disaster can disrupt the continuity of any business. This is why security for business continuity should include creating safety programmes.
Safety programmes are security measures taken to help protect the business from danger, disaster or disruption. A structured, deliberate and effective safety programme for business continuity comes with the following:
- Commit to workplace safety
- Identify hazards and assess risks
- Develop written programs and processes
- Educate employees.
- Investigate/report all accidents and incidents
- Evaluate safety processes each year.
Businesses are exposed to various threats on daily basis. Ranging from armed robbery to terrorism. Preparing for and responding to these security threats is a fact of life for businesses and governments around the world. Tackling these risks requires an approach known as risk management.
Risk management provides the resilience to mitigate a wider range of risks. Meaning, it is concerned with minimising the probability of and destruction caused by negative events.
This shows the reason why security risk management is essential for business continuity. Because it provides the level of resiliency your business must achieve in light of the uncertainty that exists. Achieving such resilience will help reduce uncertainty and promote a more stable operating environment for your company.
Potential threats, risks and dangers to your business are not always predictable and come in many forms, such as hostile physical or cyber attacks, political conflicts, health alerts and major accidents. And these crises could make it difficult or even impossible to carry out your normal day-to-day business activities.
Having processes in place to anticipate and be ready whenever crisis or incidents occurs as indicated above is paramount for your business continuity. And this process is known as crisis management.
Crisis management is the identification of threats to an organisation and its stakeholders, and the methods used by the organisation to deal with these threats. Meaning, planning and supporting the response to crises, as well as rehearsing plans and teams.
Implementing an effective crisis management as a security measure for you business continuity can enable you take steps to minimise the potential impact of a disaster – and ideally prevent it from happening in the first place. These steps include identifying potential risks, making preparations for emergencies and testing how your business is likely to cope in a disaster.
Promoted by Derek Horne on behalf of DPH Security Consultancy Ltd, both at Dane John Works, Gordon Road, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, CT1 3PP
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