Why You Lose To Intruders If Your Security Isn’t Integrated
published on May 26, 2015 by Jon Ecker
When your security team has trouble getting in front of certain threats, it might be time to increase the range of tools at their fingertips. Yet, in most cases, this process involves a closer look at your current security technology and figuring out ways to use the collected information more effectively.Your facility’s security efforts likely involve coordinating the balance between the following security functions:
- Gather Evidence
To coordinate all of this successfully, a trained security team needs the right technology for the right application. In many scenarios, the difference in security is time. A security team that spends more time juggling technology and mending breaks in process is unable to perform key security functions efficiently and in a timely manner.
What Security Integration Really Means
In the security industry, the term “integration” is often associated with technology, and while this is true, real security integration involves incorporating every element of your facility’s security efforts – processes, procedures, countermeasures and systems – into a collaborative security program. Any integration effort related to security should entail an evaluation of your ability to reduce risks, automate processes and improve efficiencies.
The right security integrator is not just a security technology expert. The right integrator possesses a blend of analytical thinking and creativity to understand your security program as it exists today and make all parts work together in an integration plan that’s future-proof.
The Cost Of A Disjointed Security Program
The right security integration plan for any organization must be sustainable and hold value for each stakeholder. After all, poor coordination of key security functions has repercussions for an entire facility. For example, siloes of technology and departments promotes lack of communication and decreased awareness, creates opportunity for operational errors and inefficiencies and results in exorbitant expenditures.
Choosing to install, upgrade or integrate security technology on any scale involves a concerted effort between various members within your organization. The more information you possess about your security needs from varying perspectives in the organization, the greater the opportunity to create a security solution that provides long-term value.
A major benefit behind security systems integration – the technology side of security integration – is unifying disparate systems and enabling your security team to effectively manage multiple levels of security monitoring. The more connected your team, the more streamlined and controlled your security efforts.
Coordinating Building Security Through People & Technology
When your security team uses multiple technologies to handle multiple security processes, you allow room for error through confusion, frustration and a lack of information about your environment. Avoid the scenario of relying purely on manual threat detection and assessment procedures. Avoid possible poor response decisions.
Steer your security integration in the direction of developing a proactive, consistent and integrated security program aimed at maintaining organizational continuity and protecting the environment in which you work and live.
Learn more about security integration as it relates to remote management in our free guide, Remote Monitoring: Why Your Security Force Needs Support.