Security Management

Identify what you see as the main purpose of security management

With the threats ever increasing through a plethora of areas; including natural e.g. Earthquakes, storms and flooding to name a few, and those instigated by man or woman e.g. Crime, terrorism, war or bad practices, there has become an ever necessity for a defined security structure to protect not just our country, business, infrastructure etc but also the person on the street.   What does security actually mean?   As defined by the dictionary:’ freedom from danger, risk etc, something that secures or makes safe; protection, defence’[1].

Security has always been around, dating back to the first caveman.   We all apply security in some form every day - we just don’t realise it.   It is a natural undertaking i.e. placing your wallet / purse in the inside of a jacket or in a handbag is you applying your own security to your valuables.   Another example is locking your car ensuring that it then provides you with the knowledge and security that your car is safe as it can be at that time.

With all this in mind, we then need to look at the bigger picture and how we go about managing security.   Security has evolved over the years.   More so in today’s modern society and the current threats that have reared their ugly-heads.   Not disregarding the everyday threat from criminal elements, subversion, espionage, unethical activities or ill-discipline of employees we are more aware of terrorism and what this brings.   September 11th 2001[2] changed the axis of where we were going in relation to security management.

Security management is an ever developing field and can involve a number of tasking; ‘running a department more than likely with staff (possibly on several sites), planning future outcomes, budget control, outcomes and monitoring performance, interacting with other departments and senior management; making department policy, working with other people outside of the cooperation / business; such as...