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Consultants risk being “behind the curve” in keeping pace with new technology

by Brian Sims

Due to the ever-increasing pace and development of new technology, security consultants run the risk of being “behind the curve” when it comes to the latest developments and how they can be operationally deployed to support end user requirements.

The opportunity to work closely with the end user, wider stakeholders and the commercial departments of a host organisation is key to delivering operationally supportive and cost-effective ‘fit for purpose’ security systems for securing that organisation’s day-to-day operations. The effective way of achieving the above is through the completion of a Security Operational Requirement for the planned systems.

Brendan McGarrity, head of risk and design at Evolution, commented: “There’s a real need to work from a solid knowledge platform in relation to a client’s organisational risk and operational constraints. Only then can the security systems be designed to mitigate the identified and documented risk that the success of the system can be measured against.”

According to McGarrity, the industry does appear to be moving away from the ‘old school’ methods of consultancy and heading steadily towards something more relevant and current. “True security consultancy is about building a roadmap to meet future demand and creating end-to-end solutions and partnerships that endure rather than the ‘fire and forget’ projects of yesteryear.”

He added: “It means having a thorough understanding of the risk involved with each individual site and the applicability of – and compliance with – all relevant Codes of Practice, Acts of Parliament and legislation in general. Similarly, a robust understanding of the latest technology and how it can be applied, as well as having the right policies and procedures in place, is crucial for security to become a business enabler and not a barrier to progress.”

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