You can never be too careful. Where white collar crime runs rampant and crime continues to be prevalent in one form or another, specializing in protection may be as universally desired as the need to eat. Of course, this leaves plenty of opportunity for someone looking to enter into the security specialist industry.
Being a security specialist does not entail becoming muscular and protecting “the asset,” though it can. And being a security specialist does not require you to build electric wire fences around a property and taser anyone who trespasses, though I suppose it could mean that as well. Security specialists pride themselves in protecting on my many fronts in many facets of business and social life. In its simplest form, a security specialist protects, and I guess that could include tasers and barbed wire.
But being a security specialist leans towards protecting in a more discreet fashion. This may include technical installations of security equipment. It may also include protecting personnel documents or preparing security measures. Some companies do not have the knowledge to protect themselves accordingly. Security specialists may not necessarily provide the physical equipment to protect, but they may provide the knowledge necessary to protect.
There are type key types of protection from a security specialist-tangible and computer. Tangible involves the physical. As a physical location is prone to physical crime, office sites and business locations may require some sort of physical protection. This may include security cameras to, naturally, act as a barrier to deter crime. It also may involve strategically placed lighting systems. A security specialist may have a team to physically build a proper security system. But they also may be hired to assess the property. This way they can find weak spots or suggested improvements without actually being the ones to install the security.
With that said, a computer security strategy is almost entirely different. As opposed to physically protecting a property, computer security involves protecting different types of assets. This includes computer databases or specific business information. Businesses have a stake in the content of their computer system. Losing data could be irreversibly damaging. It also could result in legal ramifications. Companies need security specialists who are specific to computers to protect their data appropriately. Medically, these protective measurements are worth every penny.
It is fear that gives security its power. Becoming a security specialist is infinitely limitless, as it is a need that will always need to be fulfilled. Most companies that properly allocate funds will understand the implications of poor security. Security specialists charge high rates because of their value, as well as the technical expertise necessary to excel in the field.
Choosing which angle is extremely important for success. Choosing to tackle both sides of security could be overwhelming and ultimately counterproductive. The difference in the expertise is too large a gap to properly tackle, especially early on. Choose whether you want to excel down a computer route or a more tangible protective route.
Regardless of which route you choose, specialize appropriately. It will allow you an opportunity to pinpoint your focus, and retain customers interested in what you specifically offer. Computer security and physical security takes an almost entirely different skill set. As you begin the business, take knowledge from those who are already involved. It is often suggested you Contact local businesses for knowledge of how they do it. This may work for other business mediums, but not so much for security. Ask too many questions, and they may think you are trying to break into their facility! But in all seriousness, you can find knowledge from competitors. Approaching competitors for their rates and qualifications will allow you to assess the requirements for succeeding in the industry.
It is important to protect from outside thievery, but also internal thieving. Many corporate level crimes involve disgruntled or ill-conceived employees who work for the organization. Security specialists assess a system, and find ways to properly protect externally, as well as internally. Companies are aware of this, and want to see you instill internally measures to protect effectively.
A security business is not an easy one to start. Though the legal necessities are modest (most often not required at all) building a track record is momentous. Most businesses will not shortcut in the security field. They will hire someone they trust, and they know can deliver. Loopholes are out of the question. Succeeding as security specialist means proving you can deliver, and the only way to do that is by establishing a concrete and nearly flawless track record. If any business respected past work, it is security.
This makes the job of growing your business all the more daunting, but also more rewarding. With a low barrier-of-entry not requiring a license, and the non-requirement of an external facility, it seems you may be able to get started right away. But finding those clients and business willing to take you on is extraordinarily difficult. You will have to rely on proper networking and cold calling. As well, your clients early on will be small businesses. With a small budget, perhaps you should assess a property for discrepancies and weaknesses in their security. You will not have the funds to arm yourself with security equipment, or a team, but you do have the means to analyze. Use your logic and smarts to explore a property for holes in their security. You can also use this logic for computer security, though it arguably desires more technical expertise. Regardless, acquire that first client and deliver with quality advice and information. Word of mouth will keep your business afloat.
Security specialists are extremely confident of their ability. This justifies their often high rates, as well as their ability to obtain quality customers. Also keep in mind, the businesses that need protection will be the ones who have something worth protecting. As you venture outside your comfort zone and gather businesses needing of your services, see what needs protection and offer what they do not have. Filling a void with security will keep you in the business and hopefully growing appropriately in the years ahead.