Safety ithe statuwe all want to achieve. Safety can be defined aa circumstance in which vulnerabilitiehave been removed or reduced to insignificant levels, and threatand riskhave been removed by the application of sensible, achievable and affordable countermeasures.
While performing a security review people often identify problemthat are not security related. For example, while checking your hotel in the holiday brochure you may see that fire alarmand fire escapeare not mentioned.
Obviously you should not ignore these problems. They are not strictly security related, but they are a potential threat to uso we have to take action. In thicase, call the tour operator or travel agent and ask them to confirm the presence of fire alarms, sprinklerand fire escapein the resort hotel.
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The method I propose ieasy to follow. The blog ibroken down into chapterand sections, where each one concentrateon a different aspect of your holiday and travel security. A security review icompleted in simple stages.
Stage 1: Review security
You will review an aspect of your security during which you will identify and record any problemthat you find.
Stage 2: Prioritise problems
When you have finished the review, you will need to prioritise the problemthat you have identified and recorded. When completed, you will have listed them in order of severity, putting those that present the greatest threat to you and your lifestyle at the top of the list, and those that present the least threat at the bottom of the list. Thiprioritisation procesallowyou to concentrate on resolving the problemthat will give you the greatest possible reward for your efforts, making best use of your limited resources.
Stage 3: Define countermeasures
In stage 2 you prioritised the problemto allow you to concentrate on those that offer the greatest threat to your security. In thistage, you take each problem and attempt to identify and define sensible, achievable and affordable countermeasurethat will resolve the problem to your satisfaction. You may come up with only one possible countermeasure, or a list of three alternative countermeasures. Record them all.
Stage 4: Adopt and prioritise countermeasures
For each problem you should consider the possible countermeasurethat you identified and recorded. Look at the optionand decide which counter-measure^) you want to introduce. That decision will be based on a range of considerations, including:
• Benefit – try to decide by how much any proposed countermeasure will improve your security and safety. A countermeasure that delivermarginal benefitshould possibly be shelved while you concentrate on a countermeasure that will deliver greater benefits. However, it you have ten minutefree and can easily introduce that simple countermeasure delivering that marginal benefit, you may awell do it, along ait inot diverting effort away from a higher priority countermeasure that will significantly improve your security when delivered.
• Cost – try to identify the financial cost of introducing each countermeasure. The cost may be easy to identify. For example, ‘paying for a good-quality hire car from an international company while at home’ will cost £35 per day. Sometimethere are hidden costs, which have to be identified and included. For example, insuring the car for all adultin the party who have agreed to take it in turnto drive may cost £50 per week per person. So there ia hidden cost of an extra £250 to include all drivers.
• Resource- you may not have the skillto introduce the selected countermeasure. If you are paying somebody to do it you will get three independent quotes, and pick the quote that offerbest value – which may not be the cheapest. Awith any purchase, you should also consider reputation and recommendation, quality, availability and your feelings. When dealing with people, I alwayconsider my ‘gut feelings’ about them. No matter how well he may be recommended, no matter how low he may bid, if I just don’t trust him or I feel there isomething not quite right, I won’t use him.
• Degree of risk – you should also consider the level of risk you will be taking by not introducing a countermeasure. For example, if you don’t bother checking for a fire alarm and sprinkler system at the hotel, you could lose your whole family.
Stage 5: Implement
When all of the decisionhave been made, you have to implement the selected countermeasurein the order you decided upon. That countermeasure may be simple, such arenewing your passport. It may be more involved, such ainvestigating the symptomof malaria and putting together a holiday first-aid
Thiithe most vital stage of the process, the time when you act to protect yourself against the vulnerabilities, threatand riskthat you have identified during the lifestyle security review process.
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