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Physical Security in the Eye of the Beholder

By John M. Wydler, CLSD, Director of Safety & Security, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Prime Security Solutions

John M. Wydler, CLSD, Director of Safety & Security, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Prime Security Solutions

Physical Security can differentiate within each infrastructure. Infrastructures can portray hard targets or physical make up of blue prints, IT closets or servers. Whether it is within the United States or any continent, locations are infiltrated everyday by individuals who can harm patrons within there working environment or surroundings. Physical security is put in place and designed to deny unauthorized and dangerous individuals, access to facilities, equipment, and resources. Additionally, to protect personnel and property from harmful acts, threats and damage. This is used in many forms throughout the world to inhibit unlawful acts such as terrorism, genocide and mass casualty attacks.

In the twentieth century technology has taken over the lives of individuals roaming the world. With the advancement in technology the human brain has been so reluctant and close minded that individuals solely focus on what’s on their screens and not what’s going on behind the scenes such as global hacking, phishing, and leaking. With the advancement in technology and the rise of physical security on all site’s, new placements such as access control cards, geofencing, mantraps, biometrics and advanced technology that include 4K facial imaging and recognition has now been acclimated and executed to be used throughout the world. In some efforts around the world, emergency response teams are being prepared and trained to react to incidents and situations in a timely manner and diffuse the issue. Emergency Response teams around the world have been put in place due to the number of incidents that occur daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Attacks from the year 2000 till now have risen exponentially and are now occurring more frequently than ever.

"Physical security should be put in place, measured and standardized through the threat level of your geographical area. Stay Safe and be proactive"

Throughout the years, majority of the mass shootings have taken place due to physical security not being present or visible whether it be at schools, hotels, office buildings or movie theaters, and now that the incidents have risen we are more reactive than proactive in keeping our families and assets safe from harm. Now in 2019 physical security has risen in all facets and locations around the world due to terrorist attacks, mass shootings, bombings and government leaking and hacking. With physical security being heightened in locations all around the world now the question is do you have the right tools and measures in place to be safe? Does the building you are in have all updated manuals, trainings on a monthly or bimonthly basis? Will the patrons in each building feel safe if a major catastrophe were to occur? In case of live shooting, live bombs, IT infrastructure hacking would the patrons or individuals know what to do or where to go or how to react? The common answer or reaction to a major incident occurring is for the person to freeze rather than react. This is due to the body not comprehending as fast as the mind is processing, which in turn makes people freeze all together.

How do you get people to react promptly or to react with understanding, you incorporate live scenario trainings, face to face one on one trainings, you create standard operating procedural manuals for people to review daily and see what to do in certain incidents. Make people aware and have people understand that being proactive is better than being reactive. Being proactive can save someone’s life rather than the reacting to an incident after a fatality or decision made later. Physical security should be put in place, measured and standardized through the threat level of your geographical area. Stay Safe and be proactive.

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