Security Consulting FAQ
What is a Security Consulting Service?
A security consulting firm is an invaluable resource for your organization. We can offer specialized expertise in areas such as architecture, attack detection and remediation to name a few of their many services that are tailored specifically towards you. Our professional security consultants will develop customized playbooks based on best practices and your specific needs which ensures maximum effectiveness against any cyber threat or physical vulnerability.
What Does a Security Consulting Service Do?
Security consultants are a valuable asset to any company who needs help with security. They will work closely and professionally with your existing security team, helping you build an effective roadmap that can be sustained over time. They help you understand what needs to happen, and work with the team in order get results as quickly as possible
Why Use Security Consultant Services?
You may not have the time or resources to prevent, detect and respond to cyber and physical threats. As it stands your business could be at risk of a major data breach in coming years if you aren’t building an in-depth defense strategy that includes some form of security consulting services which will provide expertise on how best protect against these new developments – especially with limited resources available right now!
Hiring Security Consultant Firms or a Professional Security Consultant
Some consultants use a standard approach with little regard to your specific needs, while other firms have an in-depth understanding that ensures client satisfaction by meeting all expectations head on from the start of your discussions. From this perspective their interest lies not just within meeting briefs but also ensuring long term relationships.
A consultant may also specialize in specific industries such as commercial, healthcare or events. Make sure you clearly understand all potential needs as you begin meeting with security consulting firms to maximize your time.
At the end of the day, the security consultant’s job is to work in the interest of their client to meet their needs.
How Much Does a Security Consultant Cost?
The cost of hiring a consultant or a security team can vary widely depending on your company’s needs. The best way to determine the value of any proposal you receive is to calculate the savings to your company versus training, benefits, etc necessary to hire additional employees to meet the same needs. Another item to consider is the cost of a data breach or physical security emergency vs proactively hiring security to mitigate these risks.
Types of Security Companies
While there are many different types of security services and companies available, the main categories are:
Physical Security – guards, patrols, executive protection, concierge or lobby services and video surveillance operators are examples of physical security services, which focus on the protection of people and property
Cybersecurity – Information security, technology services and protection of data are examples of cyber security services
Investigative – background checks and private detective services are the most widely used investigative services
Training – some security professionals focus only on the training of existing staff or training to build a new staff
Do I Need a Security Assessment?
A full security assessment is necessary regardless of whether or not you are planning to change your current security program. Regularly scheduling an assessment, or conducting one in house, will help you to determine what is currently working, what needs to be upgraded and what you may have missed in your active security program.
Having an outside security consultant complete this assessment is beneficial for a variety of reasons. The first is that a top notch security company will be up to date with all new risks, including those brought on by Covid-19, and the latest in cybersecurity attacks in a variety of industries.
Another good reason to hire a security expert to complete your security assessment is that they will not be influenced by previous company disputes or decisions on security measures, they will simply grade what you have in place and make suggestions on solutions to fill any gaps.
What is Physical Security Consulting?
Physical Security Consulting focuses on protecting spaces. Whether it is the building your organization runs out of or the grounds of an event you are hosting, physical security risks need to be addressed.
Physical security services can also include the protection of people – your employees, a VIP guest or your customers’ information can be included in this category. Protection of people is one of the most important parts of your security plan, and should be addressed and updated as often as possible.
Why Would My Company Need Security Training Programs?
Security Training doesn’t stop at just your security or information technology teams, although they would be the first groups to come to mind for regularly scheduled training.
Examples of security training for all employees include:
Online Dangers: email scams, malware, password security, safe internet habits (surfing/appropriate sites), social networking use
Physical Environment: noticing visitors, restricting access to private office areas, password protection (when typing or where you keep record of your passwords), locking computers and file cabinets/doors
Data Protection: storage and management of personal data or private information – regardless of if it is customer information or business strategies
Personal Devices – this includes removable storage devices, phones or laptops connected to work servers and more than ever, work from home best practices
What Are the Top Security Consulting Firms?
Choosing the top security consulting firms is largely based on what type of security needs your company has.
What sets AGB Investigative Services apart from other security consulting companies is our leadership team of dual threats: experienced security professionals with law enforcement backgrounds and Six Sigma Black Belt Project Management certifications.
AGB is the nation’s largest Black-owned security firm and the only African American owned security company to earn the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification for consistently meeting our clients’ requirements.
We have earned national recognition for our innovative security services and a 94% past performance rating from Dun & Bradstreet.
Contact Us Today For Security Consulting Services
AGB offers a free security consultation to help you determine where your company may be vulnerable. Call us today to get started with a comprehensive, objective and customized plan for your company or organization.