Owning a business in whatever type of industry or being put in charge of one means being part of an ever growing and competitive market comes with a responsibility that has put even the most skilled, and experienced business leaders to the test, time and time again. Being on top of a company’s operations, be it a restaurant, a clothing store, a private firm or a service provider while making sure to keep everyone and everything within the company premises are safe and has enough security to protect them all, should be one of, if not the business’ top priority. You may also see plan templates in PDF.
All of us privy to the country’s current situation, where getting killed with a gun, being on road accidents, and being the victim of fraudulent activities that rips companies off almost every last penny, is somehow the new normal. It’s almost as if the dark ages isn’t through with us just yet or it’s making quite a comeback, what with crime rate reaching figures the average American didn’t think was possible. You may also see security operational plans.
This is the United States after all, the land of the free, so free that some people find it easy to work through your system and in worst cases, your workforce and your business as a whole making them vulnerable from one security threat to another. You may also see event operational plans.
Today’s news revolves around mass shootings, burglaries in business establishments on top of theft of valuable trade secrets. Then you have to worry about vandalism by some gang members who thought to make a statement equates to spraying paint and drawing graffiti on private company property. Dealing with this, whilst making sure you’re hitting performance targets, can be overwhelming but not if you have a security operational plan in place, to implement the necessary and updated security and safety measures and keep all areas of your business protected especially sensitive information paramount to your business operations.
Operational security (OPSEC), also known as procedural security, is a process in risk management that seeks to encourage business owners and managers to see operations from the perspective of an “enemy” for the protection of sensitive data or information from being accessed by, and falling into hands that has every intention of harming the company by using its own strategies and information about products, marketing, plans and policies, all of which should be exclusive to the knowledge of the workforce and their leaders.
Although OPSEC was primarily used in the army, it is fast gaining a well-deserved popularity among the private sector or in the corporate world. Things that fall under this include proper monitoring of people’s behaviors in the company, social media habits and it also aims to discourage employees from disclosing their system login credentials through SMS or email.
For obvious reasons, the importance of safety and security in business cannot be emphasized enough. This means, it is imperative to come up with a strategy or security plan to ensure that there’s a working security system if the company cannot yet afford to have a control room for monitoring system activity all over the work premises as well as having the right people behind them and in charge of both the employees’ and the building’s safety while it’s business as usual. Businessmen shouldn’t wait until company data and sensitive files in the system are compromised until they employ risk management measures for security. You may also see marketing plan templates.
It should, therefore, be one of the company’s highest priorities to employ personnel who could man a security or control system or be in charge of the overall security just in case someone poses a threat through by training to gain unauthorized access through the building or the system being used. Also, you have to remember that it’s nearly impossible to recover stolen data if your adversary managed to check every nook and cranny of your system enough to get past it, undetected. You may also see recruitment plan templates.
Some of the processes involved in implementing operational security can be broken down into these 3 steps:
This would include your product research and development and the company’s intellectual property obviously falls under this category too, as well as financial statements. Never forget that any form of financial data by any of your stakeholders, especially that of your customers, is considered confidential, otherwise, be prepared for lawsuits. You may also see free plan templates.
You should be able to identify possible threats for each part of the information you consider sensitive.
This is pretty self-explanatory because your operational security plan falls down to creating and implementing measures for removing threats and mitigating risks that were identified. You may also see HR operational plans.
A company must not only have an operational security strategy or process to follow for security measures and security risk management against the possibility of terrorist attacks, natural calamities, accidents on site and the possibility of life threatening scenarios. It must also make sure that valuable information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands because of a building break in or through unauthorized access to various company databases, networks, and files with years and years’ worth of work and research dedicated to give the business leverage over competitors just like any company determined to keep its place in the industry does. You may also see incident response plans.
A company that doesn’t take operational security seriously and treats having appropriate security planning and preventive measures lightly would end up wasting away what its previous leaders had worked hard to build, with a poor reputation and the risk of getting people hurt to boot. You may also see personal business plans.