The Changing Security Landscape
As criminals and crimes continue to evolve, it is essential that security providers challenge the status quo.
According to Jacki Condon, Managing Director of Apache Security Services, many in the security industry have relied on static and archaic approaches, watching – motionless – as the world continues to evolve. This severely impedes the ability to maximise overall security and manage risks effectively.
PREMIER got advice from Condon regarding the steps companies should be taking to up their security game and promote peace of mind.
PREMIER: What are the mistakes companies are making when it comes to security?
Jacki Condon (J.C): Many security companies and their clients still repeatedly use the same tactics and methods. The same costly results and constant headaches linger, and unchecked risks are aggravated. The safest and most secure companies in Africa have previously experienced loss of control and low asset protection results. However, by
Killing security as you know it is the only way to save companies from the threats they face on an hourly basis.
making fundamental changes to their approach to security and the dinosaurs providing them, they have rectified these mistakes.
PREMIER: What is something companies should do regarding their security?
J.C: Killing security as you know it is the only way to save companies from the threats they face on an hourly basis. Companies need to consider that everything they know (or thought they knew) about security was actually holding their loss prevention success back.
PREMIER: What steps should be taken to modernise security in companies?
J.C: Firstly, an industry authority must be contacted to transform current security expenses into a meaningful, value providing portfolio. This astute business move often means the difference between life and death, profits and losses, and high and low levels of employee safety. The second step is adjusting the plan. A site-specific risk analysis exposes gaps, and ensures that loopholes are closed, guaranteeing that external threats are kept out and internal threats are exposed. The plan should denote high levels of professionalism, direct management, and the employment of experienced security guards. The third step is paying personal attention to ensure the ongoing development of the security strategy. In any sector, personal attention by management is required for success. Owner-driven and passionate teams deliver measurable and reliable results. From frequent site visits to excellent discipline and random testing, a hands-on approach is essential in this industry.
PREMIER: What approach does Apache Security provide to companies regarding their security?
J.C: Through innovation, world travel, and the savvy use of technology, massive disruption can be achieved in the security services arena. To be effective, the approach must kill off old-school methods, while providing clients with a security portfolio that adds significant value to their bottom line. Apache strives to do this with every client.
Security is a fundamental aspect of any business; keeping up with the changing landscape of crime and security with effective solutions will go a long way in promoting peace of mind.
For more information, visit apachesecurity.co.za.
Jacki Condon, Managing Director of Apache Security Services