In 2010, your organization will continue to face ever growing challenges to both its IT Security system(s) as well as its Physical Security system(s).

Are you sure that your business continuity and information security planners are on the same page as your risk management plan regarding the maintenance of an adequate physical security system to protect your organization?  When was the last time that management asked it risk managers the question, ” How does your business’ IT security system compare with its system for physical security?” 

It has clearly been observed that criminals almost always attack what they believe to be the weakest link, and at many organizations today, that is likely to be the front door — literally.

To offer some ideas and tips on the subject, we have referenced a recent article written by Jeff Nigriny and posted on the TechNewsWorld website.

In this article Mr. Nigriny writes, ” Entering a physical facility should be just as secure as logging onto a PC.  Yet, Security professionals often find themselves hard-pressed to secure both physical and logical assets (as well as comply with stringent government mandates). So why are so many organizations behind the curve when it comes to managing physical and logical access?

There are dozens of excuses: “It’s too expensive.” “Securing electronic data is a greater concern.” “We wouldn’t even know where to start.” However, the reality is that a unified approach to physical and logical access actually saves money — not to mention time. While it’s true that cyberattacks are a mounting threat, physical/logical access control loopholes can be Achilles’ heels to sophisticated hackers who know how to exploit them.”

As we begin a new year of preparation and effort to address our organizational compliance risk management programs, we advise reading this article listing tips to address both physical and logical access control systems and then adding it to your risk management resource team’s library.

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