Types of Physical Security Threats You Should Know

By Bernhard Mehl
June 29, 2018

Why do incidents happen?

Break-ins by burglars are possible because of the vulnerabilities in the security system. Sophisticated criminals plan a burglary and know your company’s protective measures as well as their weaknesses and are familiar with your daily operations. Opportunistic burglars act on the spur of the moment. In the majority of cases, commercial burglary is carried out because there are no proper detection devices available on site or there is a gap between detection and response to a crime.

In another scenario, former employees are able to use their credentials to enter a company’s facilities. This is possible if their access rights were not terminated right after they left an organization. Such an intrusion may be undetected at the time when it takes place.

Office theft is not limited to material assets. These days data leakage may pose even more serious consequences including loss of sensitive information, credit card details, intellectual property or identity theft. In some cases, former employees are responsible for data theft. However, cybercriminals can also jeopardize valuable information if it is not properly protected.

What security measures should be implemented to prevent the threats?

There are a few metrics to analyze security effectiveness and improve countermeasures to the security risks. The following steps will help prevent commercial burglary and office theft:

  • Identify your vulnerabilities and mitigate them. Consider all the possible access points and make sure that you are able to detect an intruder and intercept him or her before they reach an intended target.
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  • Remember that a good security strategy includes measures and devices that enable detection, assessment and response. For instance, an alarm system could serve as a detection tool, a CCTV camera helps to assess a situation, and thanks to a security intercom a security officer could intervene to stop a criminal from reaching their target.

  • Implement access control at various levels from parking lots to server rooms to make an intrusion harder to organize.

  • Keep track of security events to analyze minor vulnerabilities.

  • Conduct risk analysis on an annual basis.

  • Deny the right of access to the employers that were fired right after they left the company.

  • Make sure that information security best practices are adopted within your organization.

  • Implementing role-based access control is essential to information security.

  • Do not leave valuable assets and sensitive information in a place that can be easily reached.
Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.

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