Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Crash Course In. Protecting against Terrorism

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Crash Course In. Protecting against Terrorism

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It's the invisible enemy, and nobody knows where it will strike next. Your firm might not be an obvious terrorist target, but it's a threat you shouldn't ignore. How to protect yourselves?

Audit your risks. Your first step is to assess the level of danger throughout your organisation, and which assets could be threatened. Is it your people, your buildings, or infrastructure that you manage? Then assess the level of protection already in place. An external consultant may be the best party to carry this out.

Focus on hot spots. 'You can expend a lot of money in the wrong place, or alternatively, you can do nothing at all because it looks too daunting,' says Mark Harris, director of crisis management, EMEA, for Control Risks Group. 'The key is to funnel the resources where the real threat is.'

Acquire intelligence. Companies with offices overseas can get intelligence direct from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via the Security Information Service for Businesses Overseas (SISBO), which has a co-ordinator in each embassy and consulate. Also, tap into local chambers of commerce. In the UK, liaise with your local police force about specific threats.

Evaluate perceptions. Is your firm strongly identified with one country or issue? Do you have any relationships or highly sensitive assets that would make you a target?

Develop a contingency plan. Consider how you would cope with likely scenarios. For example, how would you evacuate your building in an emergency? …

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