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A Guide To Business Security Planning

Safety and security is a major concern for all facilities managers, in terms of protecting their premises, the workforce and people passing by. Security hazards can not only put buildings at risk from theft or vandalism but they can also pose a danger to employees and the public. Putting a business security plan in place and regularly reviewing it is vital to avoid any possible breaches or risks. It is particularly important that security plans are reassessed if buildings and premises are to be left either vacant for any period of time or are in the process of being refurbished.
A business security plan should assess and identify any risks that may compromise the safety and security of staff and sites as well as highlighting what measures will be taken to protect them. Considering any planned alterations to occupancy, design and layout will also help manage safety and security threats. Assessing IT security, especially in relation to business continuity and data protection, is also vital and should form part of the business security plan.
Here, Michael Knibbs, Managing Director, SafeSite Security Solutions outlines the key considerations when developing your business security plan:
1.    Business security risk assessment
This important first step will identify the security risks to your premises making it easier to set out the right measures to prevent them. The risk assessment should cover the following features of your buildings:
Occupancy, design and layout – Assessing these factors is paramount, particularly if the buildings were not originally or specifically designed for their current purpose. Any planned refurbishments and alterations may present new security risks so these aspects should be regularly reviewed to minimise potential threats and dangers.
Signage – As well as advising people about possible dangers, warning signs and information notices are an effective way of helping to secure a vacant building or site that is under construction. It could mean the difference between someone trying to enter – or even illegally break-in – to the property or not. These notices could highlight security or surveillance systems that are in operation or warn against potential hazards to avoid. If the protected area is part of a construction site, it is a legal requirement to display suitable signage.
Alarms and site surveillance – It’s wise to give some consideration as to whether buildings could be better protected by a visible alarm or surveillance system, such as CCTV. Not only are CCTV cameras a successful deterrent against would-be thieves and vandals but they also capture vital evidence in the event of any criminal activity. Installing a surveillance system also means that buildings and grounds can be monitored round-the-clock, avoiding the expense of hiring security guards.
Fencing, gates, door, windows – securing all building and site access points is an important step towards maintaining physical business security. This may mean hiring or purchasing temporary fencing (to secure areas under construction) and timber and steel hoarding to prevent access and protect windows. Gates, doors and other access points should have strong locking mechanisms and the addition of security doors provides an extra barrier against unwanted trespassers.
Utilities including lighting and power – adequate lighting not only provides a comfortable working space, it is also useful security measure. Motion detector lights have the dual benefit of welcoming visitors and keeping vulnerable areas lit after dark.
2.    Staff safety
Measures to ensure staff safety and security are paramount. If a security breach occurs then workforce safety is the primary priority. The Health & Safety Executive, the independent national regulator of workplace health and safety aims to reduce work place death, injury and ill health. Its website contains guidance around protecting people against risks in the workplace.
3.    IT security
Every business needs to ensure its IT data and systems are protected against external threats. This includes all computer-based systems, hardware and software. This is not only essential for security and business continuity purposes but the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which came into force at the end of May 2018, place additional responsibilities on organisations that collect, store and use personal data. The Information Commissioner’s website provides a wealth of information about the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements.
As with all types of premises plans the best way of ensuring the business security plan continues to meet the needs of the organisation is to regularly test it and ensure it is updated when any changes to buildings or the workforce occur.


Johnson Controls announces winners of CEM Systems Business Partner of the Year Awards 2018

Johnson Controls has announce the winners of the CEM Systems Business Partner of the Year Awards, EMEA, 2018. Winners were honoured at CEM Systems’ annual security conference, held 23—24 May at the Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland. Net-Ctrl received the Business Partner of the Year Award for the UK and Ireland South region, FES Group for UK North, Unibelus for Europe, Tyco Fire & Security for Middle East and Integrated Fire & Safety Solutions Ltd (IFSS) for Africa. The highly prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ award was awarded to Muscat International Airport, Oman, who recently embarked upon a landmark $1.8 billion new airport. 
“Johnson Controls is very fortunate to be involved in many exciting and often iconic access control projects around the world and 2018 is no exception” said Philip Verner, sales director, EMEA, Johnson Controls. “Through customer endorsements and the support of our committed Approved Reseller channel, we have successfully opened up CEM Systems innovative access solutions to many new sectors and territories throughout Europe, Middle, East and Africa (EMEA). The 2018 Business Partner of the Year Awards are not only given to our top EMEA business partners for high levels of sales, but are given in recognition for their ongoing commitment to accredited CEM Systems training, joint marketing initiatives and their tireless endeavour to go above and beyond when delivering successful customer projects within their respective regions.”
For the UK & Ireland, South region, Net-Ctrl received the Business Partner of the Year award in recognition of their success within the education sector. As a relatively new channel partner, Net-Ctrl has promoted CEM Systems products at various education events this year and has successfully won a number of prominent UK school security projects including Bradfield School, Sheffield.
For the UK & Ireland, North region, FES Group also received an award for their continued success within many large and fully integrated security projects throughout Scotland. Using CEM Systems AC2000 security management solutions, FES recently secured the new £228 million twin-site City of Glasgow College and the headquarters for Aegon, the UK’s leading pension and insurance provider.
The award for Europe was won by long standing CEM Systems partner Unibelus. Their success was attributed to the promotion of CEM Systems solutions to consultants, their invaluable assistance with regional product localisation and the installation of CEM Systems products within Belarus and Eastern Europe.
For Africa, Integrated Fire & Safety Solutions Ltd (IFSS) was awarded in recognition for their project work with Safaricom Telecoms, Kenya. The award marks their continued commitment to growing CEM Systems business in Kenya but also celebrates their work in opening up CEM Systems solutions to Egypt.
Tyco Fire & Security U.A.E was awarded 2018 business partner for Middle East. Over the past few years, Tyco U.A.E has successfully worked on some of the largest, complex and most prestigious security projects within this region. These include the iconic Louvre museum, Abu Dhabi, and Muscat International Airport, Oman.
Muscat International Airport won the overall CEM Systems Project of the Year Award for 2018. “As the largest infrastructure project in Oman, the Oman Airport’s Management Company (OAMC) required a large scale, fully integrated security solution to secure Muscat Airports new $1.8 billion Terminal 1 and its vast number of outlaying annex buildings.” Continued Philip Verner, Sales Director, EMEA, Johnson Controls. “We were also awarded the contracts to secure the new Salalah International Airport and Duqm Airport in Oman and it was imperative that all three airport’s share a commonality of CEM Systems security technologies and infrastructure. This award helps congratulate OAMC in their achievement of a standardized, best-in-class security platform across multiple Oman airports”.


London SMES Urged To “Act Fast” And Take Advantage Of Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme

Eligible SMEs should move quickly to capitalise on the benefits of the £10m Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme according to an industry spokesperson.
Pete Mills, Technical Operations Manager at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, says that the introduction of the Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme will be greatly beneficial to London’s pollution reduction efforts and to eligible SMEs who could benefit from improved boiler efficiency and reduced operating costs.
Pete says: “Businesses should act fast to apply for their cashback as the scrappage scheme is time and money-limited, running until 2020, or until the £10m has been claimed.”
“Opportunities for SMEs to invest in energy-saving commercial boiler systems at a substantially reduced cost, do not come along often. This scheme provides businesses with the possibility to increase their boiler efficiency while simultaneously reducing their energy-bills. This combination will be particularly beneficial to London businesses, whose overheads tend to be disproportionately high”. 
The scheme has been designed to encourage SMEs to replace their older boilers, with more efficient heating systems, offering between 30-40% in cashback. The old boiler must be in working condition, and if it is fuelled by gas, oil or LPG, must be at least 10 years old. Further, if the boiler is powered by coal or biomass, it can be of any age.
Pete adds: “Now is an opportune moment for these businesses to upgrade to an energy-efficient boiler system, at a substantially reduced cost.
“The time-limited nature of the scheme means that those looking to apply for the cashback should look to make use of established products on the market, such as the Bosch Condens 7000F, that are optimised for replacement and installations and offer an energy-efficient alternative to their existing boiler system”.
Pete concludes: “The heating industry has a valuable role to play in ensuring that SMEs seize this opportunity. The Cleaner Cashback Scheme has national potential but for this, we need to ensure it is a success in London.”

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