Security Risk Assessment – Preparing for the “What If?”
A security risk assessment allows for better security measures to be put into place to avoid any possible negative occurrences by determining any possible outcomes that may cause a security issue. This helps add a measure of control to certain activities or business and organization ventures by providing valuable information that can help to determine all the possible outcomes and set security measures in place to avoid them and have a safer environment while also being prepared so that damage control is at maximum efficiency and companies and organizations are ready for anything. This is typically achieved by performing a risk assessment of current processes and any possible dangers therein as well as determining future changes and the what ifs of all it involves.
Security Risk Assessment – Plotting Scenarios
The what if scenarios are key to the success of a security risk assessment to ensure that every avenue has been thoroughly explored and thought out. This helps to understand all possible risks so that the necessary steps can be taken to avoid them and therefore have a safer and more efficient process. For instance a manufacturing company will want to plot out not only the risk factors as far as safety for employees and business operations but also determine financial risks involved in any venture. They can discuss what might happen if they were to put too much of their product line towards one customer for example. If they give all of their business to one large customer they can make a lot more money but need to decide what if they then lose that customer or client and have the necessary steps ready to face that challenge by deciding every factor involved. This way if it all goes wrong they can have backup plans and decide how to prepare for the worst.
Security Risk Assessment – Preventative Measures
Preparing for the worst is the key all security risk assessment operations to provide a clarity that allows for better preparations and precautions of any said event occurring in the future. They can also help to set things in place to prevent the worst from happening. NASA would be a good example or a nuclear power plant or any organization that may have dangerous equipment. They can determine every possible risk factor as it relates not only to the company but even the surrounding areas and have the necessary precautions in place to prevent a disaster. If a reactor fails in a power plant what will happen? They plot out every scenario and then determine how to keep it from happening, whether it is a cooling system or extra support or armor around the reactor, etc. Every single little detail is thought through, hopefully, and then the necessary measures can be put into place. Even beyond this is the what if it still happens and then escape routes can be marked and evacuation measures will be set up. A security risk assessment will save lives and help to lower the probability of the worst case scenario.