Conducting Virtual Security Assessments

Part 1 – For Senior Decision Makers

In a world with countries in and out of pandemic lockdowns and a 70% decline in international travel (projected by the end of 2020 according to the UN World Travel Organization), the word “virtual” is hardly new.  We are adapting to the use of virtual tools out of necessity, to help keep our personal and professional lives moving forward.

Like all of us individually, public and private organizations around the world are now at different stages of adaptation to the new reality.  One constant in all of this is risk management as a way to assure operational resilience.  No organization has completely abandoned business objectives and the need to produce results for their customers and stakeholders.  In fact, organizations increased their search for and implementation of innovative strategies and processes.  Just notice how popular the phrase “digital transformation” has become.

The field of security (asset protection) has been embracing innovation, too.  Look at the recent wave of contactless and environment monitoring technologies hitting the market.  I’d like to share with you my experience around innovating in security to help organizations achieve and maintain their resilience during these trying times.

While a remote assessment of an environment relative to its security is not new, the tools available to security practitioners today have made it a viable option for helping organizations get the same or better understanding of their threats, vulnerabilities, and risks relative to assets and objectives when compared with results of a traditional on-site security assessment.  This option is also very attractive because it achieves the same or better results while eliminating travel costs and increasing overall efficiency of each assessment.

Aside from cost savings and increased efficiency, there are a few additional benefits virtual security assessments can deliver.

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