Over the years, countless risk assessments have been conducted by various individuals and entities, including Security Managers, Security companies, and Risk Managers. However, it’s disheartening to acknowledge that I have yet to come across a single assessment that can be considered even remotely accurate. The missing crucial information and lack of practical experience in crime scenes or security make these assessments fall short of their intended purpose.
The Problem with the Risk Matrix
One significant issue arises when attempting to identify risks in these assessments. Most Risk Managers rely on the Risk Matrix System to grade the risk, but this method is fundamentally flawed. A risk, regardless of its magnitude, remains a risk—a potential for crime to occur. The Risk Matrix system is more suitable for Health and Safety evaluations rather than crime and security risks.
I can confidently make this statement based on my extensive experience with incorrect Risk Assessments throughout my career.
An authentic Risk Assessor’s sole focus is on identifying risks, nothing more. They are not involved in selling or installing security hardware, nor do they contribute to the implementation of solutions. The true essence of independence lies in their role as consultants who identify risks, provide practical solutions, and offer guidance where necessary.
Surprisingly, I have rarely encountered Risk Managers who assess the management component of security portfolios. It is even more rare to find a Risk Manager who candidly admits that the Management team or the Board of Directors is part of the problem.
The Unbreakable Bond Between Security and Management
Security and Management are inherently intertwined. When security measures are inadequate or ineffective, a careful examination of the management structure often reveals the underlying risks. Yet, communicating this to the management team, especially when they are your employer, is no easy task.
This truth extends not only to businesses but also to homeowners evaluating their security and Boards of Directors overseeing Estates.
The Quest for Authentic Risk Assessments
Welcome to an eye-opening journey through the world of security risk assessments. In this article, we will explore the critical distinction between conventional assessments and independent risk assessments. As a seasoned professional with years of hands-on experience in the field, I am eager to shed light on the shortcomings of the prevailing approaches and advocate for the value of independence in risk assessment.
The Shortcomings of Conventional Risk Assessments
In this section, we delve into the flaws plaguing the traditional risk assessment processes. The abundance of ‘so-called’ risk assessments conducted by various parties leaves much to be desired, with crucial information often missing.
The Illusion of the Risk Matrix
Let’s uncover the problems that arise when Risk Managers attempt to grade risks using the Risk Matrix System. This system, though appropriate for Health and Safety evaluations, is ill-suited for crime and security risks.
The First-Hand Experience
Drawing from my extensive experience, I will provide real-life examples of incorrect risk assessments that I have come across throughout my career.
The Essence of Independence
Understanding what it truly means to be an independent Risk Assessor. These professionals dedicate themselves solely to identifying risks and providing unbiased solutions, without selling or installing security hardware.
The Role of the True Risk Assessor
Discover the role of a true Risk Assessor as a consultant, detached from management and implementation, yet pivotal in risk mitigation strategies.
Assessing the Management Component
A rare phenomenon indeed, but an essential aspect of any security portfolio evaluation. We discuss the significance of assessing the management structure in the context of security risk.
The Delicate Art of Communicating Risk to Management
Addressing the challenges faced by Risk Managers when conveying uncomfortable truths to their management team, especially when their salary depends on it.
Security and Homeowners
An exploration of the relevance of independent security risk assessments for homeowners aiming to safeguard their properties and loved ones.
Independent Assessments for Board of Directors
Boards of Directors overseeing Estates play a vital role in ensuring security and safety for their communities. We examine the value of independent assessments in this context.
Know the Difference – FAQs
FAQ 1: What sets independent risk assessments apart from conventional ones?
Independent risk assessments solely focus on identifying risks without any vested interest in selling security hardware or implementing solutions. They offer impartial solutions and guidance.
FAQ 2: Why is the Risk Matrix System inadequate for crime and security risks?
The Risk Matrix System is more suitable for Health and Safety evaluations, where risks are categorized based on their severity. However, in security, any risk remains a risk, and grading may lead to misleading conclusions.
FAQ 3: What role does the management structure play in security risks?
The management structure can significantly impact security risks. Inadequate management practices can leave vulnerabilities unaddressed, leading to increased security risks.
FAQ 4: How can Risk Managers address management-related security risks?
Risk Managers must communicate candidly with the management team and identify areas where improvements are needed. Emphasizing the connection between security and management is vital.
FAQ 5: Are independent assessments essential for homeowners and Estates?
Absolutely. Independent assessments provide unbiased evaluations of security measures, ensuring that homeowners and Estates can identify and address potential risks more effectively.
FAQ 6: What challenges do Risk Managers face in delivering unpleasant truths?
Risk Managers often find it challenging to communicate uncomfortable truths to their management team, especially if their job security depends on it. However, honesty and transparency are crucial for effective risk mitigation.
Conclusion – Embracing Independence for Secure Futures In conclusion, the quest for authentic security risk assessments leads us to the realm of independence. Conventional approaches often fall short, lacking the comprehensive evaluation necessary to mitigate risks effectively. Independent Risk Assessors, detached from sales and implementation, offer a fresh perspective that is vital for identifying vulnerabilities. Establishing robust security solutions. By recognizing the unbreakable bond between security and management. We empower ourselves to safeguard our homes, businesses, and communities, ensuring a safer and more secure future for all. Andre Mundell
Written by Andre Mundell