Is Layered Security Too Complicated?
The answer is yes, but it doesn’t have to be. When you start installing security upgrades, a few things can happen. The first is that the business feels over-confident in their security and accidentally stops taking regular security measures. The second is that a security system with too many layers may be vulnerable to holes.
Layered security, at its most basic definition, is when a security system doesn’t rely on just one measure for protection. For example, instead of just an alarm system, you add video surveillance and/or access control. In case one fails to capture an intruder, there are back-ups to take its place.
There are two types of layered security: serial layered security and parallel layered security. Serial layered security is when the security gets stronger as they get closer to the product. For example a gate out front, then an alarm system on the parameter, then a high-security lock on the door, and video surveillance inside.
The second kind of layered security is parallel, when the amount of security is high in all areas. This means access control to get into any area of the business. A card, a pin, or some other form of identification is required before entrance is granted.
The biggest downfall to layered security is the false sense of complete security. Just because you have many layers doesn’t mean you get to neglect any of them. They all need to be maintained properly. If one fails, that doesn’t always mean your backups will work flawlessly. In order to work properly, they need to work together. This also goes for the parallel layered security, because an employee might let in an unfamiliar face if they think the stranger had access up to that point.
That said, a properly-maintained layered security system is the best way to make sure your business stays as safe as possible. If you have any questions about what kind of security system your business should have, call Community Commercial Security today at (714) 777-6132 or contact us for a free risk assessment.