How Your Security System Can Reinforce Business Policies While We Battle the Coronavirus
More companies are adopting robust measures to protect employees from contracting and spreading the coronavirus as the outbreak continues to expand across the globe. Whether in the hospital and emergency services sectors, or banking and financial facilities, we must all do our part in flattening the curve by using our security systems and practices to help mitigate risk during the COVID-19 crisis.
Security systems can utilize three main systems as the first line of defense. Continue reading for some tips to help you maximize the advantages of these systems.
Visitor Management Systems
Visitor management systems are a secure and professional approach to identify, screen, manage and track visitors in your buildings. For companies that have visitor management kiosks, organizations could add a series of questions to their screening approach:
- Do you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing?
- Have you recently returned from an area with confirmed cases of the coronavirus?
- Have you had close contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus?
These questions, when integrated into your current Visitor Management protocol, offer another level of insight to help mitigate the risk to the health, safety, and security risks to your company.
Access Control Systems
With the closing of schools and businesses and the suspension of community activities due COVID-19, now is an excellent time to revisit best practices in your access control systems. Reviewing your lock/unlock and alarm open/close schedules to make sure their building are properly armed and secure. It is important to complete essential housekeeping issues such as deactivating or suspending individuals’ access control cards, so they reflect any changes made to the system.
Take this time to audit your access privileges to make sure you have the correct people accessing the appropriate areas of the building. Review all of your settings and make sure they reflect the proper security levels of the areas you intend to protect.
Remote Services and Support
While organizations continue to implement work-from-home policies and local governments are issuing shelter-in-place orders, it has become increasingly clear that remote services and support will be at the top of the list for security management. It is critically important that your security program works properly when you’re offsite. Many security systems have developed mobile apps to be used on a phone or tablet, enabling security guards and building managers the ability to work remotely while remaining connected to their monitoring system.
Some technology manufacturers and security companies have transitioned to online learning to allow technical training and certification remotely. Now is an excellent time to take advantage of this opportunity for you or your staff to learn what’s new in the security industry or to better understand the systems you are currently using.
While the situation is fluid at the moment, it’s critically important to stay up-to-speed in all of the security innovations being developed. Taking the time to review all of your security policies, make adjustments where necessary, and implementing proactive improvements will help to set your organization up for success.
Be assured that the PACOM family is here to support you as you protect what matters most.