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Cyber Security

18th March 2016

The scale and public prominence of recent cyber attacks has created a shift in focus from protecting physical assets to digital resources and the new online methods of intrusion, but with the UK still on severe terror threat, continual improvement in counter-terror security should be reviewed and implemented across the board.

It is estimated that 60% of SME’s only have locks and security lights as a deterrent, whilst 36% have no visitor security in place. These statistics, although based on research with SME’s, fundamentally sum up the existing problem in security specification across commercial office developments.

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Quite rightly, there is renewed investment in cyber security and the focus for counter-terror measures continues to be on visible physical security, quite often at the main entrance and exit points of building.

Counter-terror is also an issue once inside a building, whether that’s regulating visitor access or creating restricted access zones. This is the physical element of security that is often undseen, and as a result can be forgotten.

The debate around creating a ‘fortress’ approach to security continues, especially with the ever-present issue of terrorism and the need, in some cases, for public reassurance. As well as creating a cultural statement, the highly visual representation of security is often easier to consider and design in at the perimeters of a building. It becomes a far more intricate balancing act between the seen and unseen when considering internal security, such as access control.

A custodial building or high profile residency is expected to have a high level of visible security deterrents as one of the many measures to its counter-terror programme. Buildings, however, where eseentially people have to work, rest and live, such as office buildings, healthcare or hospitality facilities, will still be susceptible to a terror threat. They will also have to balance the need for people to flow around the building and not feel intimidated by the level of security present.

Whilst counter-terror measures often refer to ballistic-proof exteriors and perimeter deterrents, considering the flow and access in a building is equally important but needs more careful consideration in the subtley of its application.

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