“Two-thirds of UK companies admit to never testing physical security measures” pinpoints Jacksons Fencing study
Almost two-thirds (63%) of UK companies who took part in a recent survey have admitted to never testing their physical security regime. That’s according to ‘Setting the Standard for Security’, a report produced by physical security solutions expert Jacksons Fencing.
Given that 22% of companies say the consequences of a security breach are severe, including public disruption or even the loss of life, these findings give much cause for concern.
Less than half of the survey respondents had heard of key security certifications, including the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 (45%) and Secured by Design (SBD) (42%), while only 38% ever consult security experts. Worryingly, this suggests many are unaware that their solutions may not be fit for purpose or may not know what criteria they should be looking for.
Third party certification bodies such as the LPCB and the police-inspired SBD help to provide specifiers with independently tested security products that will offer an appropriate level of protection against forced entry depending on a site’s needs. Recently, the LPCB introduced LPS 1175: Issue 8, a new performance classification system that provides an even deeper and adaptive approach to identify and tackle the increasingly diverse methods and attack tools used by hostile actors.
The introduction of LPS 1175: Issue 8 fits with the priorities of those specifying security solutions. In Jacksons’ recent study, it’s reported that the most important factor during commissioning was ‘tested and proven effectiveness’ (89%). This shows that there’s the desire to implement security solutions, but there might not be sufficient openly available information to do so. In fact, one fifth (19%) of interviewees listed a lack of technical information as a main challenge.