Organisations cannot remove all of the possible threats they face but, in addition to the security measures in place to protect their most valuable assets, they should also have plans and strategies to respond to serious incident and the contingency arrangements for getting back to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible.
This section explains some of the key documents and plans that organisations should maintain to an appropriate level of detail. They are intended as starting points. Any decisions or investments in relation to security should always be taken in consultation with the wider sources of information that are available and which are referenced throughout.
There are three strong business reasons why organisations should plan to deter acts or terrorism or espionage, or at least to minimise their impact. They are:
Ensure that your business is able to cope with an attack and return to normality as soon as possible. This is particularly important for smaller businesses that may not have the resources to withstand even a few days without trading.
In the event of an attack your preparation and contingency plans are likely to come under scrutiny. Health and safety at work regulations put the responsibility on the owner or occupier of premises has a duty of care for staff and visitors. Although the police and other agencies can offer advice, it is up to the owner or occupier to seek out and act upon that advice. In any subsequent inquiries or court proceedings, you would need to show that you took the relevant legislation into account.
Loss of reputation
Your business or organisation will lose its good name if it does not fulfil its legal obligations and/or business continuity plans in the event of a terrorist attack. The resulting loss of reputation may adversely affect your business.
In addition, make sure that your organisation has adequate insurance to cover terrorist threats - consult your insurance company or broker.
There is limited value in safeguarding your own business premises in isolation. Take into account your neighbours' plans, particularly if you are in a multi-occupancy building. You may also wish to discuss your plans with the emergency services.