Security costs money. Fences, gates, cameras, card readers, training, security guards – all are important parts of a security management system, but all cost money. Getting your organization’s board of directors or executives to add appropriate numbers to the budget is often a challenge. Boards and executives like numbers – give them data and they will be more likely to spend the necessary money.
Data comes from a risk assessment; by having your current security systems assessed, your organization can have real data about what you currently have and your site-specific threats. This kind of data can help your organization create a roadmap to where you ideally want to be in term of security. Data plus a roadmap are important tools when approaching your board or executive level management about the budget.
If it were up to us and money were not an issue, we would have everyone install the latest and greatest equipment. But we live in the real world where money is not unlimited and where line items need to be justified. This is why having a risk assessment performed and creating a roadmap based on the results are the best things you can do before going in front of your board. Data can help you justify security-related budget items.