When was the last time your business or organization conducted a vulnerability site assessment?

If you hesitated to think – you have an important phone call to make.

Emergencies arise without warning, and there is often no time to think during a crisis.

Identifying potential weaknesses within your organization and implementing corrective measures to mitigate them is imperative to protect your visitors, team members, guests, and more.

Businesses of all kinds and nonprofit organizations including schools and religious institutions should conduct regular (at least annual) vulnerability assessments for multiple reasons:

  • They ensure your current security safeguards are up-to-date and effective.
  • They identify potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
  • They help to develop comprehensive plans for responding to breaches.
  • They aid in compliance with all insurance requirements.
  • They improve your business’s resilience in the face of increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment

Vulnerability assessments should be carried out by a reputable security vendor using methods that are custom-tailored to your organization’s specific needs. Assessments should:

  • Identify your assets: Your security vendor will conduct a thorough on-site audit, making note of any and all tangible assets like facilities and equipment, as well as the “intangibles” like customer data and intellectual property.
  • Determine possible threats: Step two is identifying the greatest risk to your organization’s list of assets. These could include external threats, like natural disasters and break-ins; internal threats, like inside theft; or a combination of both.
  • Pinpoint vulnerabilities: Once potential threats have been identified, a security specialist will consult with you to ascertain any present weaknesses that could be exploited – and what the results would be. Your security vendor will help you prioritize which vulnerabilities should be addressed first, based on the likelihood of an attack or a breach, and the severity of the consequences.
  • Implement corrective measures: Your security vendor may recommend installing new security equipment, developing new policies and procedures, or providing training for your on-site personnel.

Every commercial business or nonprofit organization should conduct periodic vulnerability site assessments to determine potential gaps in security and take steps to close them. A quality security specialist can help your company develop a comprehensive defense plan that can protect your property, your assets, and your team.

Secom offers a free vulnerability site assessment for organizations seeking a comprehensive security approach. Contact us today to learn more.