Get with IT: Contingency Planning

How to incorporate physical security into your business continuity efforts


Today’s Homework: Inventory your physical security systems and update your plans.

Many network diagrams are so outdated they are more of a disservice to the business, especially after an outage or disaster. Even if someone else is responsible, do yourself and your business a huge favor and document the physical security systems on your network. Be sure to include system location and functionality along with who is responsible for day-to-day oversight and administration. At the very least, take the information you gather and add it to your disaster recovery and/or business continuity plans. If you don’t have the time to formally integrate the information into the plan details, simply insert it into an appendix. The most important thing is to have the information documented and available. Get started today. You’ll thank yourself when the time comes.


Kevin Beaver is an information security consultant, expert witness, author and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic LLC ( He has authored/co-authored 11 books on information security, including the best-selling Hacking For Dummies as well as Implementation Strategies for Fulfilling and Maintaining IT Compliance. In addition, he’s the creator of the Security on Wheels information security audio books and blog. Follow him on Twitter at @kevinbeaver and connect to him on LinkedIn.