Brillstein Security Group

RISK ASSESSMENT, risk management, penetration test, security test

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Corporate security is a constantly growing area of the large field of security services - globalization, growing crime rates, terrorism, fraud, white-collar crime, theft, extortion, espionage, kidnap for ransom - these are just some examples of the threats companies are facing today. It won't come as a surprise to any modern management that more and more companies need to use the services of security managers or risk managers.

Risk assessment and risk management mainly aims at loss prevention. Every kind of crime against a company results in some form of loss. Risk assessment and management is the method to identify precisely the risks and all probable effects those risks will have on the company, persons or organization that is to be protected. The goals are to minimize the risks to an acceptable level and the proper implementation of pertinent counter-measures to deal with the remaining elements associated with the risks. A certain part of all possible risks cannot be totally eliminated, but it can be managed.

It is the task of the professional risk manager to properly research and analyze the actual situation (risk assessment), by assimilation of all relevant data, and then develop a professional security plan which lays out in detail how to implement actions designed to avoid, reduce, or eliminate risks. The risk assessment phase cannot be done from behind a desk. You will need a hands-on practitioner who get down and dirty in your company. It is wise to use external experts to assess your company’s security, as in-house security may not want to reveal own short-fallings or mistakes. Thus, from time to time, a professional penetration test is extremely important in order to reveal security weaknesses.

 The risk manager must be able to identify risk on just about any level, in each department of any given company. This ranges from the pure and simple static guard at the gate and workplace security, fire fighting etc. all the way up to each and every department (production, sale, administration, archives, personnel screening etc.), fighting crime within the company, and it includes the top management as well. The risk manager will need to be able to properly investigate, proceed crime scenes and handle evidence, have in-depth knowledge of law and economics, must be able to counter espionage and support the own intelligence efforts, coordinate and lead close protection efforts and communicate with law enforcement agencies just as well, as with the press and many other tasks.

The modern risk manager can't be incident driven. He must always expect the unexpected and never fall in along side those people who think bad things only happen to other people. Just because a certain crime has not yet happened, it doesn't mean it CANNOT happen. And just as the range of possible crimes, accidents, incidents and crisis' is very broad, the risk manager needs a very broad set of skills and intensive knowledge.

The Brillstein risk assessment staff has the complete skill set in order to successfully achieve the goals laid out above. Our risk management teams also comprises lawyers and economists, able to assess, collect data, analyze the data, formulate security plans and implement those plans. Crisis management, crisis intervention, travel security, investigation, intelligence/counter-intelligence, processing crime scene and evidence collection, close protection and counter/anti terror strategies are the main key words in this context.

Other issues of interest in this regard are crisis intervention, crisis management, security audits and penetration tests, due diligence, pre-entry security, procurement fraud, crime prevention, protective services.


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