- 6 Key Steps to Increasing Security Productivity and Minimizing Costs
6 Key Steps to Increasing Security Productivity and Minimizing Costs
In order to take the steps to fully integrate security management into your organization’s management system, it’s important to first understand each component that contributes to increased security productivity and minimized costs.
Training and Awareness: Effective training programs can help employees to understand the importance of security and to recognize potential security threats. This can help to:
- Reduce the risk of security breaches and data leaks; and
- Improve employee productivity by reducing the time spent dealing with security incidents.
Data and Systems Access Control: Workforce optimization can also help to manage access to sensitive data and systems. By ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to critical systems and data, organizations can:
- Reduce the risk of data breaches and insider threats.
Incident Response: Workforce optimization can also play a critical role in incident response. Organizations that have well optimized workforce and clear policies and procedures for responding to security incidents can:
- Quickly and effectively identify and address security threats; and
- Minimize damage and reducing downtime.
Monitoring and reporting: Workforce optimization can also help to improve security monitoring and reporting by implementing tools and processes to track and analyse security incidents, organisations can:
- Quickly identify patterns and potential vulnerabilities; and
- Take proactive measures to prevent future incidents.
Physical Security: Workforce optimization can also impact physical security measures, such as access control systems and surveillance cameras. Effective scheduling and management of security personnel can ensure that:
- Security personnel are deployed in the right places at the right times; and
- Reduce the risk of physical security breaches.
Continuous Improvement: Finally, workforce optimization can contribute to ongoing security optimization by providing feedback on the effectiveness of security measures and identifying areas for improvement. By continually assessing and refining security measures, organizations can:
- Stay ahead of evolving threats; and
- Maintain a strong security posture.
Lions Gate can help you take the following steps to integrate security management into your organization management system:
- Develop a Security Policy: Organizations should develop a security policy that is aligned with the organization overall mission, vision, and goals. The policy should clearly articulate the organizations commitment to security and outline the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders. (Program, Policy, Protocol & Procedure, Development)
- Conduct a Security Risk Assessment: Organizations should conduct a comprehensive security risk assessment to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities. This assessment should consider physical, technical, and human factors that could impact security. (Security Risk Assessments)
- Integrate Security into Business Processes: Security should be integrated into all business processes, including planning, budgeting, procurement, and project management. This can be achieved by establishing security requirements for all relevant processes and including security as a key performance indicator. (Process Development)
- Establish Security Metrics: Organizations should establish security metrics to measure the effectiveness of security management. These metrics should be aligned with the organizations overall goals and objectives and should be regularly reviewed and updated.
- Provide Training and Awareness: Organizations should provide training and awareness programs to ensure that all employees understand the importance of security and their role in maintaining it. This can include training on security policies and procedures, awareness campaigns to promote good security practices, and should include regular intelligence updates on emerging security threats. (Security Risk Assessments, Business, and Investigative Intelligence)
- Conduct Regular Audits and Reviews: Organizations should conduct regular audits and reviews of their security management system to ensure that it remains effective and relevant. This can include internal audits, external audits, and peer reviews. (Security Management Programs)
There is no one size fits all, so give us a call 888-212-2026 ask for Mike Franklin and we can discuss optimization that would work most efficiently for you and within your budget.
This article has been assembled in consultation with an experienced workplace optimization specialist. The fact that this specialist is my son Reece Franklin is a source of considerable pride for me. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt fully conversant with Lean Tools and Processes and credibly converges the security and optimization disciplines addressed in this article.