The Importance of Security Consultants and Audits in the Educational System
IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY CONSULTANTS AND AUDITS IN SCHOOLS
Many schools especially in private school settings allow the management to handle security. They task the school principal with the duty of making sure that the school security is up to date. The truth is that the principal cannot handle all the activities going on in the school plus security. Security is a very sensitive part of our educational systems which is why it should be handled by an independent security consultant. You may never have thought of utilizing security consulting services or probably you have thought of it but you didn’t want to spend money on this line item in your budget. Here is a list of the importance of getting a Security Consultant and conducting security audits.
1) Offers you unbiased opinion
If your school principal/facility manager is handling the security he may be biased when assessing the level of security at the school. This is because if it looks bad, he will be held responsible. But with security consulting, you will get an expert opinion from an independent and professional source. This helps your school to know and understand what the barometer is when it comes to security.
2) Latest Methods and strategies
You are not a Security expert so you don’t know all about the latest trends in security. But with a security consultant you will be shown different technologies and strategies that will help you make your school secure.
3) Conducting security audits
Security audits are very important for a myriad of reasons including Insurance costs and it must be performed by an professional. You will need a consultant to help you perform a proper security audit. It is very important to perform an audit because:
- a) It helps you to identify new issues
Many schools do not perform regular security audits. They assume that everything is alright just because they have not been robbed or have not had any major incidents as we see in the news on a weekly basis. This is a very bad habit and if you develop such an attitude, your school or institution may be susceptible to robbery, theft, assaults or loss of life. If you conduct annual audits with the help of a consultant, you will be able to discover new issues that plague your security program.. Discovering these issues will help to upgrade your security programs and systems. When the security consultant finds issues, he/she is able to suggest how to chnage or eliminate them, making the institution a safer place.
- b) It helps you to discover what the students need
Apart from discovering problems or issues, the audits help you to serve the students better. It helps you to discover what the student needs and eliminates the idea of what you think they need. Many times, what you think the students need security-wise may not be what they really need. But with the help of a consultant you will be able to find out what exactly the students need. What areas of the school do they consider unsafe? Answering these questions will help you give the students a sense of security and protection.
- c) Helps you to budget.
You may not have a lot of money for security. If you want to maximize the funds you have you will need an audit. With the help of a consultant you will be able to know the best way to use the available funds to create a sound security infrastructure.
Security consulting and auditing is very important in every institution especially in the educational sector.
About the Author
Chris Cavallo has been involved in every facet of the Security and Investigations Industry for over 35 years. He started his career with the two largest Security and Investigation Companies in the world at the time, Wells Fargo and Pinkerton’s Security and Investigative Services. After spending 2 years as a Management Trainee with 11 months in the field as an Undercover Operative he quickly raised rose through the ranks and became one of the most highly recognized Security Consultants for his first 10 years. He is considered a subject matter expert in various Security/Investigative practices such as Security Guard Services and Background Investigations. He ended his career with a Fortune 50 Company as the VP of the SE Region. He then co-founded a company, RSI Investigations (Records Search Inc.), which was one of the pioneers and leaders in the Background Screening industry in the late 80’s. After this experience Chris founded Cavallo Associates working with Security, Defense and Investigation Companies and helping them develop their Business Plans and training their personnel while opening new markets in such places as Rome, Italy, several Central America countries and Bogota, Colombia. Today Chris is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator and Security Consultant and continues to dedicate himself in both the Security and Investigations Industry. Presently he is mentoring, developing and sponsoring several PI Interns and overseeing the CSI Security Division as well. Both business units operate under the brand name CSI Secure Solutions headquartered in Davie Florida with offices in Bogota, Colombia. Chris and his wife Caryn Rae Robin a local singer and popular voice Coach live in Plantation, Florida with twin daughters Stefanie & Cristina and are very proud Grandparents of Christopher 14, Stefan 12, Legend 9, Roman 6 and Mia 5.
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