The absence of the sound of the printer pumping out copies, no coffee pot gurgling, no water-cooler chitchat is one of the results of closed offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. It is important to recognize that they still face security risks, though these temporarily vacant business spaces may seem like eerie dust collectors. When they are repopulated with workers, all will continue to face risks. Conducting a security assessment and re-evaluating your company’s policies and procedures, fortunately, makes this time a perfect opportunity. With this in mind, we at Advanced Private Investigator & Security of Miami, FL would like to continue to elaborate on the subject.
Empty Workspace Threat Assessment
To best protect employees and visitors, a security assessment can help. Several types of these assessments include:
– Physical Penetration Tests
– Physical and Technical Security Assessments
– Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Assessments
Assessors can visit during the day or night, with less detailed coordination with staff when offices are vacant. This reduces the time from assessment planning to execution and eliminates the risk of interrupting regular operations. Conducting assessments now also gives our assessors time to determine system effectiveness and identify gaps in baseline levels of protection and system coverage in a more sterile environment.
Implement Security Policies & Procedures Before Employees Return to Work
In addition to evaluating their effectiveness without any external work-driven influences, a vacated office gives company leaders and our consultants time to review and implement existing policies and procedure. To identify any critical missing pieces, we can quickly audit policies and procedures, and a then test them to make sure everything functions smoothly. Consider, whether you have protocols in place for when thinking about your policies and procedures, such as the list below.
– Video surveillance, video download and use included
– Testing and maintenance for security system
– Intrusion detection
– HVAC system and emergency shutdowns
– Access control and key issuance
Four months ago, resiliency planning was unlikely a priority. Now we are either enacting or developing plans that will ensure business continuity and employee safety during emergency scenarios as no one expected the COVID-19 pandemic. Also preparing for the future and different types of circumstances makes now the best time to look at resiliency planning to improve or learn from current actions. Without negatively impacting daily operations, doing this now with the office down time helps our consultants determine identify vital inputs and more accurately develop recovery time, upstream and downstream linkages, and recovery point objectives. During this time review the following:
– Occupant Emergency Plan
– Crisis Management Plan
– Corporate Communication Plan
– Business and Supply Chain Continuity Plans
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Leaders can ensure a safe and secure operating environment for employees once they begin returning to work and customers and visitors when they walk through the front door by performing these activities when offices are vacant. To help plan you plan your security assessment while the office is vacant, call Advanced Private Investigator & Security of Miami, FL and let our certified experts assist you.