Discussion: physical security in dr/bcp scenarios
Your task: You have been asked to give a presentation at Business Round Table Event. Attendees are owners of small businesses and corporate managers whose employees are now working from home due to the global pandemic. The need for physical security to protect equipment and other assets has risen in priority for these business owners and managers as they realize that they have a gap in their business continuity planning and response which needs to be addressed.
Background: During the global pandemic, many companies throughout the region, both small businesses and larger corporate entities, successfully transitioned to “work from home” allowing them to continue operating despite the issuance of “work from home” and “stay at home” orders from governmental entities. Storefronts and offices for non-essential businesses and services were shuttered or reduced to minimal staffing. Concerns about the potential for thefts, break-ins, and other forms of unauthorized entry have been raised in many organizations who were not prepared for extended periods in which their facilities would be unoccupied / unattended.
For this presentation, identify and discuss five or more technologies and countermeasures which can be implemented to address the problem of providing physical security in an unoccupied/unattended facility (you should not propose any measures that rely upon guards or other personnel who would need to be physically present). Your presentation should address both preventive and detective controls for physical security, e.g. perimeter fencing, gates, bollards, lighting, CCTV, audio scanning, alarm systems, key-card controlled entry, etc.
Format: This week, the format for your deliverable (posting) will be “Talking Points.” Talking points are presented in outline format and contain the content that you would put on slides in a slide deck. Your outline should include 5 to 7 major points (“slide titles”) followed by 3 to 5 supporting points for each. Remember to put enough information into the talking points that your peer reviewers can understand what you intend to cover in each section of your briefing. Remember to introduce the topic at the beginning, present your analysis, and then close your briefing with an appropriate summary. Include a list of sources (3 or more) which attendees could refer to if they wish to fact check your work.