Wednesday, August 28, 2013
From the first tower of a toddler to the most sophisticated building in the world, no structure can be put together properly without a firm foundation of building blocks. And if we equate the infrastructure of a business to a building and presume that part of that infrastructure is a sound security program to make sure that the business doesn’t collapse, the same holds true – we need a firm foundation of building blocks.
Here are the building blocks that will result in a sound security program:
· If I need to protect my business and my stuff and my liability, I need to know exactly what my business and my stuff and my liability are.
· If I need to protect my business and my stuff and my liability, I need to know all of the potential problems and threats I might encounter that might put them at risk.
· If I’ve identified all my potential problems and threats, I need to know how likely it is that each of those problems and threats might occur so that I can prioritize them.
· If I’ve determined the likelihood of occurrence of each of my potential problems and threats, I need to know what the impact would be to my business, stuff and liability if any of those potential problems or threats occurred so that I can prioritize them.
· If I’ve gathered all the information about my business and stuff and liability and prioritized them, and prioritized all the problems and threats that may occur, I need to determine if a security plan is needed.
· If I already have a plan to protect my business and stuff and liability, I need to know if any safeguards I currently have in place are adequate and sufficient.
· If I don’t already have plan to protect my business and stuff and liability, I need to develop one based on the information I’ve gathered, and I need to implement the appropriate safeguards.
· If I have a plan and safeguards to protect my business and stuff and liability, I have to assess and adjust them regularly to assure that they remain adequate and sufficient in relation to changing circumstances.
A firm foundation usually assures that what is on top of and around it is strong.