Security: The most important things in a nutshell

  • It is about protecting people, organizations, companies and any kind of property from active threats and targeted attacks as well as actions.
  • Possible active threats can be: Threats, assaults such as sexual harassment, attacks, assaults, property damage, espionage, assassinations, bombs (unattended objects), kidnapping, extortion or coercion.
  • Depending on the scope of the event, a lack of security organization can threaten the existence of a company.

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Why should a company deal with security?

Any kind of active actions by people or organizations, which are purposefully carried out against companies and their employees or infrastructure, lead to damage. Whether negligent or intentional, such events also always lead to:

  • Business interruptions
  • Failure of employees 
  • Disruption of company processes
  • Reputational damage
  • High costs
  • Financial losses
  • Increased personnel expenses
  • Claims for damages
  • Criminal and civil proceedings

Difference Safety and Security

Both terms are equated with safety in common usage, but the two terms denote different aspects of safety.



The conflicting goals of the two terms can best be explained using the example of emergency exit doors: On the one hand, "safety" is about ensuring that people can leave a building quickly and unhindered at any time via unlocked exits. However, this runs counter to the "security" approach. According to the latter, these doors should always be locked so that no one can gain unauthorized and uncontrolled access.

SBIS pays close attention to this conflict of values and goals between "Safety" and "Security". The aspects of active hazards are always included in the security concepts.   

What needs to be done in the area of "Security"?

At the beginning there is always the question: "What impact will the event have on my company?" Only after the detailed analysis by means of various instruments and the definition of security policy and protection goals is it defined which security measures and services must be used to counter threats. This involves a combination of structural, technical, organizational and human resources.

Which companies need to address this?

In Switzerland, all companies and organizations must deal with fire protection, for example. In addition, every company must ensure the protection of the health of its employees in accordance with labor legislation. This applies to all organizations and companies, both private and public, regardless of size or industry. 

Security measures are thus unambiguously required and the subject of any security or partial security concept. Regardless of whether they are active physical or psychological over and attacks of any kind and nature. These aspects of security planning are always taken into account by SBIS. 

Who in the company needs to deal with this?

The entire management of a company has a responsibility and must fulfill it in accordance with its legally applicable duty of care.

To ensure the entrepreneurial obligations, the strategic, tactical and operational guidelines are to be defined by the management and responsible persons are to be named for:

  • Risk Management (entrepreneurial risks)
  • Business Continuity Management (BCM)
  • Operational Hazard and Risk Management 

Often, industry associations also prescribe process and quality standards, which must be met and compliance with which can only be fully ensured by means of appropriate security measures.

When should I approach SBIS?

The requirements in the field of security, the protection against threats and disruptions are diverse and not always obvious. The solutions and security arrangements for adequate protection are often more complex and can only be solved by a combination of people and technology. 

In existing operational structures and processes or even temporary organizational structures, security measures are often given too little attention. Gaps in security arise, which can turn out to be "time bombs". It is also worthwhile to identify these points of attack in already existing organizational structures.

The costs also speak in favor of regular cooperation with SBIS specialists. Experience has shown that the integration of appropriate security measures in operations can additionally reduce security costs and any subsequent costs.


How does SBIS support?

SBIS already has solid experience with the security of companies, sporting events and in the hospitality industry as well as associations. We support you with:

  • Analysis/audits
  • Consulting, conception
  • Implementation, planning

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