Rogelio Aguilar, senior consultant, Sungard Availability Services considers what it takes to make YOUR company resilient… Organisations...
Sungard Availability Services recently collaborated with TerraVenta – which specialises in providing training and support services for government agencies and companies – to share some of their knowledge at a well-received customer event. Which we are now bringing with our readers.
Following on from Monday’s blog post – in which we revealed insights in recognition of the UK’s increased risk following the recent terror attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Copenhagen – we’re pleased to reveal hints and tips that could make a difference should you ever be caught up in any of the following…
Marauding gunmen/terrorist attacks
“Don’t wear company ID out in the street as it makes you a target for someone wanting to gain access to the premises or with a grudge against the business.”
Be aware that the risk has shifted from airside to landside. In the 1970s repeated hijackings by Palestinian terror groups meant airline passengers were at greatest risk once airborne. Today, improved security measures mean passengers are in most danger before they have cleared security so move through the process as quickly as possible.
Road traffic accidents
Statistics show although our initial instinct is to escape, it is actually safer to remain in your car after an accident due to the likelihood of being disoriented. Studies show 20% are hit by oncoming traffic because they are dazed, resulting in death or injury. Conversely, less than 5% of people involved in accidents die in a fire in their car so in most cases it is safer to wait for a few minutes and work out what to do rather than react instantly.
TerraVenta believes physical security can only go so far: people need to know what to do to detect potential threats or if caught up in an attack, whether in the office, commuting, travelling further afield, on the street as a bystander or even at home.