In the drive for process and cost efficiencies there is a natural tendency for businesses to reduce the number of buildings they occupy. This presents a good solution to a reduction in the number of staff a business may have or the increased use of hot desking. However what it does do is to concentrate critical business units into a smaller number of buildings that are dependent on a reduced number of services and provide a focal point for any form of disruption. This can significantly increase the risk to any organisation.
Working with the business, a detailed risk analysis of the integration of five buildings into one was undertaken from both a security and Business Continuity Plan perspective. The threats ranged from those that were low to others that were high and immediate. Through the analysis that was undertaken, the control measures necessary to reduce a threat from presenting itself in the first instance to recovery should it happen were provided to Executive Management.
This resulted in key decisions being made to reduce the possibility of any impact occurring in the first instance and to allow for a comprehensive recovery plan to be established and tested. As a result the confidence necessary and the controls required to reduce the Security Risks were enacted for the long term benefit of the business concerned.