Irrespective of the Security climate prevailing in a particular country or zone, most of the corporate leaders go wrong by giving lip service to Security management while designing and maintaining the operations of a company. This phenomenon is mostly driven by little or lack of understanding of the role Security can and should play in sustaining an outfit. The buzzwords like Security is an overhead or burden are rampant in the corporate world, and unfortunately also with some of the Security managers. It stems from the dearth of requisite understanding of the role a sound Security system can play in the maintaining health and integrity of an outfit. Mostly this trend emanates from the financial considerations. To me, spending on Security is an investment, which in the longer-run rather proves to be FREE.
Security management has assumed greater importance with the advent of terrorism and related hazards, irrespective of the zone one is operating in. It is rather more important to consider Security needs in those areas, which are apparently away compared to those zones, which are at the epicenter of such vulnerability. Consciousness about Security is a natural recourse in the areas rampant with Security risks and there is a natural complaisance in those zones lying away from it. Mitigation strategy may vary from zone to zone but remember! “Security remains a Serious Business”. Ignorance or overconfidence (which I consider inter-changeable) to downplay Security management can have serious repercussions. Hence it should be realized both by those intending to start and maintain a business, and those responsible for its security that Security needs to be given a serious thought.
Most MNCs worth their name have realized this importance of appropriate Security management of their operations over a period of time. Other have either learnt it through hard ways, or are in the process of realizing this importance. It is imperative on the Security managers at all levels to carryout correct risk assessment of their company operations so as to recommend the best possible strategy to keep the risk levels to ALARP at all times.