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Because they face security vulnerabilities on many fronts, these large organizations naturally look for technologies that can streamline operations. As a result, smart security systems, like AssetTracer and KeyTracer systems, are some of the most valuable tools large organizations can choose, as they improve many aspects of business operations, not just asset security.
Physical keys, electronic devices, equipment kits, if they’re used in a business process, a smart security system can help you manage that process more effectively. With one caveat: they’re only as effective as how well you train your personnel to use them.
You may invest in a sleek new key control system, roll it out business-wide, and find out that everyone is sharing PIN codes and ignoring alerts. There’s not much point in rolling out a new security system implementation if it’s going to go underutilized.
The root problem is a lack of employee physical security training. People need guidance when introducing new ideas and technologies into their work environment. They need to understand the value that these systems bring to the organization and their workdays. A physical security training program is the best solution for achieving these goals.
7 Best Practices for Running Physical Security Training programs
While security professionals are experts in their own discipline, many don’t have a lot of experience training non-experts on security technologies or security-minded work practices. And that is OK. Teaching can be a challenging activity to learn.
We’ve pulled together the seven most important best practices you should follow when designing and running a physical security training program. Applying these practices will help ensure that your organization gets the most value out of any new security system you’ve spent a lot of time, effort, and money implementing.
4 Trends in Physical Security You To Know About
Those tried and true best practices will always help you conduct the best training sessions possible. But it never hurts to know the latest physical security trends. Here are four trending security topics you should consider adding to your training program.
Business operations, threats to our businesses, and the tools to combat those threats exist in a converged reality where physical and network-based tasks are tightly integrated. As a result, we can no longer treat physical and IT security as two separate domains. In our physical security planning and implementation, we need to face security convergence head on, as these two security domains will only become increasingly aligned as time goes on.
Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and other autonomous technologies are “smart technology.” Smart tech can monitor its performance and make modifications based on data it collects. As a result, it can manage many tasks without human intervention.
Real Time Networks products, like our AssetTracer line of equipment management lockers, are smart technology. For example, a law enforcement agency could use AssetTracer lockers with a scale in a storage compartment to conduct weight checks on OC (pepper spray) canisters. Spray use is regulated in many jurisdictions. If the system identifies a low weight on a return canister, it can prompt a supervisor to get a report from the returning officer.
Biometrics have exploded in popularity in recent years, whereas before, businesses used them mostly for higher security venues. As their cost has come down, they’re now commonly used for all types of access control in general security environments. Post-pandemic, contactless biometrics have been especially popular.
Current popular biometrics for physical access control include fingerprints, palm prints, iris eye scans, and facial recognition. However, each comes at a different price point and offers a different level of security and usability.
Smartphones and other mobile devices are now also commonly used for access control. A secure app on the phone transmits a user's credentials to an access terminal. A user gets those credentials—a digital “key”—from an authorized supervisor or security officer in their organization.
You can update credentials in real time. So, for example, if an employee needs to come in off hours to do something in a restricted area, you can send credentials to their phone from your home PC the moment you get authorization from their supervisor. Or you can revoke access for temporary employees in real time when they leave your organization.
Training and Technology Together Make Your Organization Stronger
As you gain more experience training staff, revisit your training agenda periodically. Business and security are constantly evolving, so you need to ensure that your training is always up to date with the latest changes in your field.
Do that, follow these best practices, and your physical security training programs are sure to deliver the maximum benefit for your students and your organization.
About the Author
Vice President of Marketing
Jay oversees marketing and strategic partnerships at Real Time Networks and has over three decades of experience in leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries.