The wide dispersal of manufacturing facilities and globalisation of the supply chain have necessitated that corporate security and risk management become key functions of management and are well integrated into a company’s organisational structure.
Today’s corporations must be prepared to cope with internal threats from errant employees and/or external threats from hostile competitors and even hostile foreign governments.
The volatility in world markets requires corporations to be able to flexibly adjust the scale of overseas operations – often with little notice. “Downsizing” can present special security and political problems in emerging markets, especially in the PRC and Southeast Asia.
Corporate Security & Technical Services
Working closely with corporate officers, directors of security or at board level, SVA can provide a wide variety of services in support of the corporate security and risk management functions. Services include:
- Threat and vulnerability assessments: to support strategic decision making prior to significant investments or disinvestments involving downsizing or restructuring. Identifying potential points of weakness or exposure is critical especially when dealing with overseas operations.
- Physical security audits and surveys: to identify procedural – policy, physical and technical issues which might impact the safety and security of corporate premises and operations.
- Technical counter measures: to prevent unlawful eavesdropping and other electronic “snooping” by unauthorised parties. This includes the protection of computer and telephone systems, proprietary information and intellectual property.
- Security planning and architecture: to work closely with management and contractors at the outset of major projects to define security requirements and to embed them in the core planning process; this in order to maximize efficiency and minimize unnecessary future expenditure.
- Contingency planning and testing: to help organizations understand requirements and to define a crisis management structure; thereafter to devise appropriate plans and processes to cope with various contingencies. Typically such planning would involve headquarter, regional and local platforms.
- Executive protection: to provide threat assessments and on the ground physical protection for key executives or in support of a crisis incident requiring overt security services.
- Downsizing of operations in emerging markets: by supporting clients in understanding local requirements and regulations and by anticipating likely points of friction. Thereafter by providing for the security of key management and facilities sufficient to effectively manage a downsizing exercise.
- Provision of timely intelligence as to likely threats: by providing accurate and timely intelligence as to possible changes to government policies which might affect MNCs in emerging markets or by identifying trends or risks which may negatively impact the corporation.