Integrate Security Management with Work Safety to Improve Corporate Security Maturity
Corporate Security doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Even the best-trained and equipped programs are only as good as the teams working around them. That’s why the most mature corporate security operations can efficiently manage incidents that cross domains, particularly those impinging on matters of Work Safety. What’s the benefit? Read on to find out.
The benefits of integrating Security Management with Work Safety
For one, such alignment tends to improve early warning detection capabilities. And then, when the event does take place, tight integration with Work Safety helps with conducting varied activities in a uniform, consistent manner.
Why isn’t that possible with a siloed approach?
Well, that approach typically involves standalone systems. However powerful, these systems are likely to have been implemented at different times, by different teams following different directives. As a result, they don’t communicate well with each other – if at all.
This lack of interoperability is likeliest to exist between Work Safety and Corporate Security. There, disparate safety and security management systems (often locked apart from each other) aren’t set up to share relevant information. And that’s despite the demonstrated fact that security threats cascade into safety incidents (and vice versa).
One effect is specific to organizations who’ve built security operations centers (SOCs). During critical security incidents (impacting safety), SOC practitioners receive a surfeit of data from different sources, including Work Safety.
That wouldn’t be bad in and of itself. However, the non-interoperable technologies that security practitioners use don’t provide a cohesive means of viewing all relevant incident information, let alone making sense of it.
And so, the organization, despite the upfront investment in proactive protective security strategies and structures, still runs the risk of duplications and redundancies. Those slow down incident response, even when the SOC itself was developed to address that very issue.
Mature Corporate Security programs integrate with Work Safety
How should it be done, instead?
Mature Corporate Security programs have integrated platforms that cut down on the overhead (cost and personnel-wise) of ensuring that separate point solutions keep communicating with each other.
In addition to improved collaboration with Safety to neutralize common threats, these teams also get seamless access to operational, non-incident data, so often crucial in predicting future security incidents.
Why does that matter?
Too often, that information, e.g., intelligence on non-obvious threats or other incident causes that aren’t apparent to human analysts, isn’t in the traditional bailiwick of Corporate Security.
Instead, the most mature Security programs have the capabilities to synthesize cross-domain data from multiple sources, including from the public. They do so with the following capabilities:
- Gather reports from the public. Public forms enable anyone to report incidents, tipoffs, observations, and hazards directly into the system before applying a workflow to automate triage, notifications, investigations, and action close out reminders.
- Manage operational activities. Shifts managed using real-time dashboards. Dashboards pull together all incidents, breaches, alarms, observations, dispatches, and patrols into one place, enabling security dispatchers to dynamically manage and log shift occurrences.
- Centralize information from external data sources. Information is pulled in from external data sources including live weather events and news feeds or integrated with CCTV and access control systems.
Finally, the corporate security threat has only increased with each successive year. Investments must, therefore, be made to ramp up to the level of security maturity necessary to mitigate risk, ensure compliance, and implement a proactive security culture.
How to do it?
Digital technology investments, such as in Noggin for Operational Security, can help, expediting the ramp up process, closing the digital divide, and ensuring your team is able to scale to meet all challenges. To learn more about how Noggin can take your Corporate Security program to the highest rung of maturity, request a demo.