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SECURITY MONTH: How we’ve moved from locks to layers – and what comes next

The responsibility of Facilities Management (FM) extends far beyond ensuring a building’s functionality. Safeguarding staff, tenants, and assets is paramount, and the approach to physical security has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. Let’s explore this journey towards a more holistic security approach and examine the exciting solutions likely to empower FM professionals in the future…

From Reactive to Proactive:

Traditionally, physical security relied on reactive measures like security guards and basic access control systems. The focus has shifted towards:

  • Comprehensive Risk Assessments: Identifying potential vulnerabilities within the facility and prioritizing security measures accordingly.
  • Layered Security Approach: Implementing a multi-layered security system that combines physical barriers,technology, and security protocols.
  • Emergency Preparedness Plans: Developing and regularly practicing emergency response plans for various scenarios is crucial.

Focus on Integration in the Public Sector:

Public sector buildings, often open to the public, necessitate a balance between security and accessibility. FM professionals are:

  • Integrating Security Systems: Seamlessly linking access control, CCTV, and intruder alarms creates a more unified security ecosystem.
  • Prioritizing Cybersecurity: Public sector facilities are increasingly targeted by cyberattacks, so robust IT security measures are vital.
  • Collaboration with Local Authorities: Building strong relationships with local law enforcement fosters a proactive approach to security.

The Private Sector Embraces Technology:

The private sector is at the forefront of adopting innovative security solutions:

  • Cloud-Based Access Control Systems: These systems offer centralized management and real-time access control monitoring.
  • Video Analytics: AI-powered video analytics can detect suspicious behaviour and alert security personnel in real-time.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Integration: Integrating sensors and smart devices into the security system allows for automated monitoring and real-time data analysis.

The Future of Physical Security: A Data-Driven and Dynamic Approach

The future of physical security holds exciting possibilities for FM professionals:

  • Predictive Maintenance: IoT sensors can monitor building systems and predict potential equipment failures,minimizing security vulnerabilities.
  • Biometric Authentication: Fingerprint scanners and facial recognition systems offer enhanced access control security.
  • Cyber-Physical Security Convergence: A holistic approach that integrates physical security measures with robust IT security protocols.

Embracing a Culture of Security:

Effective physical security requires a commitment from all stakeholders:

  • Staff Training: Regular security awareness training for staff empowers them to identify and report security risks.
  • Clear Communication: Disseminating clear security policies and procedures is essential for everyone within the facility.
  • Data Security and Privacy: FM professionals must ensure compliance with data protection regulations when implementing new security technologies.

A Secure Future for All Facilities

By embracing a data-driven and layered approach, FM professionals can create a more secure environment for all facility users. Technological advancements and a focus on integration will be key to developing dynamic security solutions.Ultimately, a culture of security awareness, fostered through collaboration and ongoing communication, will be the cornerstone of a safe and secure future for all facilities.

Are you searching for security solutions for your organisation? The FM Forum can help!

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