Frequently Asked Questions
Answers To Your Questions About Physical Security From The Experts At BPS.
Data collection and planning are the first steps, this usually takes 2-3 weeks. Field work depending on the size of a single facility can be 2-4 days. Draft reports are typically issued within 2-3 weeks of completing the field work.
Typically 6-8 weeks.
Security System Design
“Independent” means no conflict of interest and not beholden to a limited solution set. While there is a fee for a consultant, recommendations will fit your needs and budget, not what the vendor is pushing at the time. Vendors are perceived to be “free,” but they build their costs in as “engineering fees.”
No this is false. Vendor proposals typically carry design and engineering charges, so to preserve the independence and objectivity, it may be better to allocate those design funds to an independent professional.
Yes, it is very likely that engaging an independent professional can lower the cost of your project. In the most extreme case in our company history, we were able to save a client over $300,000 on a single project
We have been told that if our auditors are happy, the clients will never have a problem satisfying the regulators.
Notices of violations can be very expensive and damaging to a company’s reputation. BPS is experienced with regulatory audits and in one case helped a company to avoid a multi-million dollar exposure for non-compliance. See our CFATS Audit
When serving in this strategic role, BPS is often engaged by companies who are growing fast and do not have an internal security professional. By utilizing BPS to create the global physical security program, it becomes a lot easier to recruit a security director who can come in and operate inside a mature program rather than have to try and operate and develop at the same time.
BPS builds on existing organizational policies and protocols (e.g., workplace violence prevention and cyber security) to establish a physical security policy, security management system, guidelines, procedures, job aids, training, performance metrics and audit tools to enable a company to establish and continuously improve their physical security and risk management programs.
It usually takes a full twelve month cycle to develop and deploy all of the necessary tools and training to get a good security program started.
Many companies operate with a part-time security coordinator who is typically wearing multiple hats. One of the major gaps we close is training part-time security coordinators and building their competency to be effective physical security leaders.
BPS is in the business of helping our clients prevent security incidents. A security aware workforce is a vital element to incident prevention. Security awareness has to go beyond a hollow “see something say something” motto.
Workplace Violence Prevention
No. That is training from one end of the workplace violence continuum. It is equally, if not more, important to train your staff to recognize and report persons of concern that may be exhibiting common pre-violence behaviors.
No. Workplace violence training should be repeated and varied to ensure employees do not switch off from seeing the same content over and over. There should also be a means to deliver short and effective training to employees that may not have access to a computer.
Steven’s competency and partnership has been amazing. He’s provided both a technical expertise and real-world perspective that is invaluable.Joshua A., Affinivax
I was very pleased with how BPS developed a “turn-key” process for Abbott to comply with the IA rule. What I mean is BPS developed a regulatory compliant methodology to conduct the VA’s; apply the VA’s to the FDP’s and; provide the subject matter expertise to carry out the VA’s and develop the plans themselves. In addition, BPS remained and continues to remain a partner that Abbott can reach out to for advice, guidance and additional project support when needed. The partnership developed between BPS and Abbott has been good for our business.Robert A, Abbott Nutrition
We truly value the role BPS plays in our access control master plan and we continue to have them consulting for us on cutting edge physical security improvements such as the current project underway to supplement the turnstile project with enhanced weapons screening.Mark Manthei, Security Systems Administrator Froedtert Hospital
BPS has helped to build the necessary competencies in the pipeline terminal personnel who are not security professionals, yet still need to be key players in our day-to-day security program. BPS developed effective training programs that we could deploy across our national learning management system for cost effective delivery. Your team has helped us to stand up a sustainable security program that continuously improves year after year based upon the way it has been built and the training you have provided for our organization.Lori Coupland, Director, Compliance & EHS Holly Energy Partners