An effective enterprise security strategy relies on various access control and security technologies, effective policies, and well-trained personnel. Getting all of those components working together requires careful planning and execution.

Savvy business leaders should focus on carefully integrating all the components of their enterprise security strategy into a tightly knit whole capable of detecting and stopping all possible malicious activity. One hundred percent safety is never possible, but a tightly integrated and layered security strategy will get you as close to total safety as possible. 

People outside business security may think designing a new enterprise physical security strategy is straightforward. Set up a perimeter, buy access control and weapons, and hire personnel. Done. But any business security leader can tell you it is a time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes messy process in the real world. 

Fortunately, many of the most common security strategy pitfalls can be avoided with careful planning. Here are ten of the most common mistakes we’ve seen organizations make when creating a new enterprise security strategy. Of course, we offer solutions to each that form a reliable set of best practices for enterprise security planning.


Assuming you are already safe 

Many businesses mistakenly believe they are too small or inconsequential to be targeted by criminals. It is crucial to avoid falling into this mode of thinking. Any business can be a target, and the ones criminals and insider threats want to target the most are the complacent ones. Assuming you're safe and planning only for best-case scenarios can ensure a flawed enterprise security strategy even before you deploy a single asset. 


Foster a culture of safety. A reliable security strategy is only possible with one. If you don’t think your current organizational culture values safety, then line item one on your strategic plan should be changing that.

Conduct training, and make safety and security a regular topic in organizational newsletters and team meetings. Introduce incentives that foster a culture of safety—for example, rewards for teams and individuals that identify security problems and solutions.

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