Plan Ahead and Cut Your Losses

How to perform a site security survey and build a vulnerability/impact/risk matrix

There are numerous practical outcomes of the overall exercise. For instance, is the parking lot in an urban neighborhood? Have there been escalating numbers of incidents of vandalism and trespassing that the CEO and workers have all mentioned? Are employees feeling less secure when using the lot? Has local law enforcement recently requested more detailed security video of incidents? If so, place this area in the severe impact on loss and high vulnerability to threats on the matrix.

Thanks to a site security survey and vulnerability/impact/risk matrix, integrators have the data to more accurately assess their customer's operation overall and in detail as well as use the exercise to both justify purchases to the customer and their bosses.

Mark S. Wilson is vice president of Marketing for Infinova, Monmouth Junction, N.J. He can be reached at