Why hire an independent Security Risk Assessor?

Is it better to get a risk assessment done by an independent party or can the same company you retain to install your security do it? What are the pros and cons of an independent versus the installer/integrator?

To get a Security Risk Assessment done by the same company you retain is like asking your mom if you are fat. She will not tell you the truth because she doesn’t want to hurt your feelings.

Whilst a little white lie about your weight might not have severe repercussions, not knowing the truth about your security certainly has severe and sometimes deadly repercussions.

A Security Company cannot perform an impartial Security Risk Assessment, as their assessment is weighted towards the promotion and sale of their own products and services, as well as the management of their current and/or future contract, in the protection of themselves and their own risk exposure.

The most important aspect that you should always keep in mind is that an Independent Security Risk Assessor is never part of the solution.

  1. A Security Risk Assessor that makes use of the Matrix system to identify the ‘level’ of risk should be reconsidered as no risk can ever be measured by a Matrix system. The Matrix system is derived from the Health & Safety assessment and is not applicable to Security Risk. There is no ‘standard’ formula right across the board to guide the Assessor to correctly identify a ‘high risk’ or a ‘low risk’.
  2. In South Africa, security is measured against OPPORTUNITY whilst the rest of the world measures security against probability. The reason for this is that the rest of the world does not have the same security-related concerns and problems as South Africa.
  3. It is important that the Security Risk Assessor further addresses the aspect of Public Violence in the assessment. The assessment should include protocols, preparations and planning processes for acts of Public Violence.
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