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In my July newsletter I highlighted the latest presenter to my CEO private advisory boards, Micah Halpern, an expert in the Middle East.  My last paragraph referenced a terror tip sheet that Micah prepared as part of his presentation.  Rather than have you request it I thought I would publish it here for your convenience.

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Simple and Practical Tools to Make Your Company Safer

Assess Your Risk Level

  • Not every company is at the same risk level.
  • Know what puts your company at risk.
  • Is there a public personality in your company?  Is there a public personality in your building complex?  Is your company on the radar of political, foreign or any other non-conventional group?  Are you doing business with anyone or in any region that may ruffle feathers or put you in the line of fire?
  • Do what the terrorists do – look on Google maps especially Street Level

Prepare a Plan – Implement Your Plan – Practice Your Plan

  • The plan must go top to bottom.
  • The two most important participants in the plan are the company CEO and the company custodian, everyone else plays by your rules.
  • Your plan may require a monetary expenditure or it might mean changing locations.  It will probably require memos, meetings and briefings.  Your goal is to create a safer, more secure environment for your employees and your property worldwide.
  • Have a digital picture of all employees and send the picture and a note to supervisors after a person is fired.

Create Your Own Anti-Terror System

  • Identify what you need to protect and then design a system that will protect it.
  • Make sure that your system includes information and data.
  • At each location, choose a Security Manager, a member of your senior staff who is charged with keeping your company up-to-date and safe.
  • Review your insurance to make certain that you are covered for terror threats.
  • Be wary, a simple theft can be the first chink in your anti-terror system.
  • Shred, shred, shred — everything.
  • ID badges with pictures are crucial, but the are only to be worn on premises.  It is just as important to take them off when off premises.  Avoid stalkers.
  • Always lock your cell phone.  Have your IT people auto lock your computers when they go to sleep.
  • Install DVR cameras, get auto emails, use GPS on your truck with auto emails.
  • Invest in glow sticks, have them on hand for emergencies.
  • Invest in an alternative communication system and a non-battery independent phone,  Establish a phone chain (communications network).  Create alternate transport plans.  Have emergency resources.
  • Have drills – fire drills and an evacuation plan.

Know Your Property – Know Where the Chinks Are

  • Regularly, personally, assess and evaluate your office and office building for flaws and changes.
  • Know how all your data is processed and establish an off-site back-up location.
  • Make certain that your material is actually backed up.  Check it regularly.
  • Install a disaster recovery plan.
  • Be wary of your ISP computer server.  Many hosts provide the service just to gain access.  Be careful.
  • Hackers are out there and sometimes you are the one to have hired them.

Create a Culture of Safety

  • Empower all your employees to be company eyes and ears.
  • Be inquisitive.  Be cautious of strangers and scouts.
  • Get the word out, let people know that your company cares about security and demands vigilance.

Be a Friend

  • Contact your local, state and federal authorities.
  • Ask them for a briefing and make them aware of your own risk level assessment – you want to know what they know.
  • Take advantage of courses when offered.  Driving courses are especially useful.

Be Wary

  • No one, other than somebody appointed by you, should know all the details of your Anti-Terror System.
  • Facebook, My Space, Twitter – Your company is being discussed everywhere and often by employees in many ugly and revealing ways.  Google your own company and see what bloggers are saying about you.  Monitor your company. [Check out to see your employees’ comments about your own company].
  • Do not allow visitors, outside tech help or even colleagues to wander around your facility unattended  everyone mus have an escort, everyone must have a badge, an ID or a guest pass.
  • Your alarm systems, your computers, your server your data should never be carte blanche open to outside tech.
  • Have as few entrances as possible into your space, make sure those entrances can always be locked.  Building have wide doors, lights, doormen and security cameras.  Make sure they are properly working.
  • Have secure spaces securely marked.

The better prepared you are, the lower your terror risk.  Terrorists, like most thieves, will choose the easiest target.  Make your company a little safer – make the job of the terrorist a lot harder.

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As I recorded this for you I realized how this applies not only to possible terror threats but in many ways to disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, etc., any emergency that can cause disruption to your business.  Please consider the points that apply to you and implement your plan.

Consider Reading This

What You Need to Know About: Terror by Micah Halpern.  What does a terrorist look like?  How do they select targets?  Why do they hate us?  Micah’s book demystifies the threat of terror.  This book represents a rational guide to understanding the threat and what you can do about protecting yourself.