Integrated planning is a critical security need. An article in the November issue of Security Products notes that Hurricane Katrina pointed up the importance of security planning to lessen the impact of a disaster.
Significantly, the article quotes the business magazine Japan Inc.: â€œBusinesses have gotten so caught up in technological security that they have forgotten the more basic, yet salient, notion of physical security.â€
â€œFunds that were once spent on physical security,â€ Security Products warns, â€œhave been shifted to IT security to the extent that some observers believe many organizations are vulnerable to both natural disasters and physical security breaches.â€
Whatâ€™s needed are integrated plans, not competing IT and building security measures.
â€œSafety and security can be seamlessly built into an organization’s physical environmentâ€, the article advises, â€œresulting in significant increases in the protection of building occupants and the ability to recover from potentially disruptive events.â€
Building aesthetics, an example in PRO Barrierâ€™s domain, is cited: â€œIntegrating security and safety does not have to compromise a facility’s aesthetic character.â€ For planning purposes, the article recommends that â€œa security firm employing both experts in security and building and landscape designâ€ should be used. Indeed, that succinctly describes PRO Barrier Engineering.