As Head of Security at Oakpark Security, and the wider Vertas Group as a whole, Peter Sutton works with clients across a range of different sectors and industries to ensure that they have adequate security measures in place where it’s needed most. With over three decades of experience in the industry under my belt, there’s not much I haven’t seen.
Each business will have individual needs, so it’s important that any security strategy is tailored to these requirements. Yet, when many businesses initially approach us, they do not fully understand the benefits that a strategy can have on their operations. At the end of the day, security isn’t simply just about sticking up a few CCTV cameras and hoping for the best. There is a whole spectrum of elements which should play a role.
When you’re dealing with your company’s – and more importantly – your client’s data, your security strategy needs to be robust. It is there to help protect the core processes and operations of the business and can be a differentiator when customers select a new provider. As a result, it is vital for your business to have one in place.
The first step on this journey is for an organisation to recognise its risk appetite – in other words, the level of risk that it is prepared to accept before any security controls become necessary. These days, organisations store so much crucial data and protecting that should be a major priority for your company. Security strategies outline and identify potential risks and how risks can be mitigated. This makes businesses more credible when it comes to protecting critical data from theft and/or compromise.
Not only does it do the obvious in making sure confidential information isn’t shared, it also helps contribute towards reducing costs and losses in the long run. Believe it or not, but it can be costlier to clean up a data breach than to have the security systems in place to begin with, particularly now we have GDPR regulations in place.
A security strategy should help you get clarity on what exactly it is you are trying to protect or need to protect, and who you are protecting it from. For example, is it the general public or competitors?
It is also important to look at how much you are spending on security. While it is understandable that businesses want to keep costs low, your security is one thing you shouldn’t skimp on. A security breach would also cause a loss of trust with your employees – they may lose confidence in you if their data or personal information has been exposed. And have you thought about how would it impact your reputation and your clients’ confidence in you, especially if their data has also been breached? There doesn’t seem to be a month that goes by without a headline featuring a big-name brand which has suffered a data violation… not the kind of media coverage any organisation wants to see!
There is also time to re-evaluate what you need from your security systems and reconsider how much you are spending.
Ultimately, when you’re choosing a security provider, it’s important to find a specialist who will develop a strategy which will be bespoke to your needs. At Oakpark Security, this is a key differentiator for Oakpark Security. Oakpark Security never take a one size fits all approach – after all, how can Oakpark Security provide an end-to-end security strategy if it’s not tailored to the individual intricacies of your business operations? Oakpark Security take pride in understanding their clients’ organisations inside and out, consolidating data and analysing it carefully to collate strategies which truly are robust.
Ensuring peace of mind to our clients is key. And perhaps that is the biggest benefit that a security strategy can bring to a business.
To learn more about Oakpark Security and how they can help your business, visit their website: https://www.oaksec.co.uk/