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Physical Security and BCP

13 April 2009 5,564 views No Comment

–By JJ Nathan–

Physical security is defined as “the measures used to provide physical protection of resources against deliberate and accidental threats.” Resources may include your organization’s people, the physical plant, mission critical assets, company equipment and manufactured/stocked/or stored products. Examples of physical security solutions include locks, alarms, access control and CCTV. Physical security
should be an important element in any organization’s business continuity (BC) or continuity of operations plans (COOP), however, physical security planning is often overlooked.

As recent events have shown, organizations worldwide are not adequately prepared for breaches in physical security, For example, in the past few years, the sensitive information of numerous high profile
organizations and their customers has been compromised due to personal computer thefts. As physical security violations at organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of
Transportation, Sovereign Bank, the University of California at Berkeley, and AIG show, sensitive data will be compromised and exposed when physical security measures are violated.

Incorporating physical security planning into your organization’s BC and COOP efforts will help mitigate the risks of deliberate and accidental threats to your organization’s physical and information
resources. By not planning for physical security as part of your BC or COOP efforts, it is not a matter of IF, but WHEN your organization will be vulnerable.