Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Security As Science And Art

Security is very much like many other business disciplines. Much of it is common sense (whatever that is). And much of it is fairly logical (if one were to think through it and analyze it). But its complexity lies in the blending of science and art.

The science part of security practice is the body of security knowledge – the paraphernalia and the techniques that are used in protective efforts. And while technology is rapidly changing both the equipment and the techniques of operations, it is still a finite and reasonably manageable body of knowledge. There are only so many methods with which to secure a door; only so many ways to conduct an investigation; only so many devices to “see” into a darkened room; etc. So the practitioner has a reasonable chance, if so inclined, to maintain a current knowledge and understanding of the tools of the trade.

But the art of security is much more complicated, almost infinite, limited only by the knowledge and imagination and creativity of the practitioner. The art of security is taking the tools of the trade, and finding the most appropriate way of applying those tools to a given situation or circumstance.

The professional security practitioner must be able to take the “stuff” – the equipment, the technology, the techniques – and be able to figure out the best, most practical, most expedient way to apply that “stuff” to the needs of the situation at hand. The ability to blend the science and art of security into a sound, workable and efficient protective strategy is the mark of the competent practitioner.

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