We live in an age of heightened security concerns, with hardly a day going by without reports of terrorism, cyber-attacks, crime and violence on our streets. The threats we face are constantly changing as criminals and terrorists adopt new methods.
Growing urban populations throughout the world bring increased security challenges. The threat stemming from ‘ordinary’ organized or opportunistic crime has not changed significantly over the years. But casualties from terrorism and the violent acts of ‘lone wolves’, as well as mounting incidents of cyber-crime, now exceed all other offences.
All of our security professionals, whether they are experts in security risk management, security advisory specialists or crowd management consultants, are dedicated to helping our clients to identify and overcome their security challenges.
Security Risk Management
Our starting point on every risk management programme is to assess the security threats and vulnerabilities and to create a realistic and cost-effective strategy to reduce the overall risk to an acceptable and manageable level. In identifying threats, we undertake detailed project context evaluation that considers everything from petty crime to terrorism. We then establish risk tolerance and develop security protection objectives.
The risks for an iconic high-rise tower, whose high profile makes it a potential target for terrorists, are very different to those of a healthcare facility, where the priorities would be to prevent unauthorized access to wards and to control access to equipment and medical supplies. Assessments are undertaken for individual plots or masterplans and are compliant with internationally recognized risk management standards.
WSP also conducts security surveys of existing premises to evaluate them against current design standards, with a view to bringing these buildings up to a commensurate level of security. Equally, we undertake audits to assess the compliance of organizations with specific government or industry standards, such as SABRE, which is run by BRE Global.
As part of the security risk management process, we develop security policies and guidelines for organizations based on benchmarking, best practice, contextual analysis and maturity modelling. We also develop programmes for organizations to implement their policies, or offer support as an independent evaluator on behalf of the client.