Security Posture: When to Not Downgrade

Owners of the U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles announced yesterday that they will be opening some of the tower’s top floors to tourists by creating an observation deck, a restaurant, and meeting rooms. In 2002, the building that is currently the tallest skyscraper West of the Mississippi was discovered to have been on Al Qaeda’s target list for what would have been a second wave of attacks after September 11, yet the plans to undo some of the security initiatives that were put into place immediately following the attacks are inevitably going to downgrade the building’s security posture.

As we move farther away from 9/11, America’s state of mind has slowly started to revert back to the pre-9/11 mindset which is why our motto, “Security should be a Mindset, not a State of Mind” is key to the education we provide. Security measures that were meant to be permanent, especially in Critical Infrastructures, should never be downgraded because ‘enough time has passed’. It is important for business owners to be reminded that just because nothing has happened in our Homeland over the last 13 years does not mean that our adversaries have not tried or are not continuing to plan. Let us not underestimate the adversaries’ resiliency because to them, once a target, always a target.

L.A. Times Article



Why Mindset Matters

Mindset is defined as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” It is an idea or inclination as to how a person will approach a situation. The survival mindset also referred to as the “Warrior” mindset is typically possessed by those in the Military, law enforcement and other first responder positions. It enables those warriors to develop an attitude of identifying threats, accepting their situation, and quickly mitigating or eliminating that threat.

Why Mindset Matters

How many first responders do you have in your organization? On average, it takes responding agencies three to five minutes if not more to reach your workplace in the event of an emergency. In most cases of workplace violence, by the time the responding agencies arrive, the perpetrator has already caused irreversible damage to your organization. In today’s world, employees have become the initial first responders as they will be forced to react to a workplace violence incident with one purpose in mind: Survival.

Integrating mindset development training into your workplace violence prevention plan does not mean training your employees to become weapon wielding warriors who will subdue and eliminate the threat. The best defense in prevention is identifying deficiencies before they become problems. Training employees to develop an attitude of identifying potential violence indicators and how to report them is one of the most effective ways to empower each individual. Along with good mindset development training, supervisors and managers must also be trained on effective hiring practices and how to handle reports that come in from concerned employees. It should be noted that training alone does not constitute a complete workplace violence prevention plan. It is equally as important for supervisors, managers, and executives to be engaged and well aligned with the company’s culture. Senior executives should consider reviewing the organization’s trends as frequently as they review their P&L statements. Among the trends to be closely monitored are leaves of absences due to stress, sudden and excessive absenteeism, and employee complaints.

At OmniPresent Security Group, we believe that “Security should be a Mindset, Not a State of Mind”. Our goal is to make security awareness a ‘second nature’ so employees can develop a habit of identifying warning signs and be inclined to automatically report them. Every program we develop is tailored to align with our client’s organizational culture and takes into account current and past statistical data of trends and incidents.

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