With the latest advancements in technology, a modern-day security guard can complete guard tours and document all incidents in his or her daily activity report using a reliable mobile app on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, within a few minutes. For a security guard to be among the top contract personnel in any company or organization, he or she has to embrace evolving industry requirements of technology-based applications. Each security guard reflects the unique requirements of the company they serve. The contract security industry is focused on recruiting competent personnel that can match with various customers’ needs.
The duties of security officers across the country have become more specialized as technology evolves and get customized to suit specific environments. Contract security industry players have amalgamated efforts to ensure that they provide heightened security for businesses and institutions unlike before.
Although the underlying security needs have not changed, most contract security companies have implemented modified technology systems that guarantee safe environments. As the technology improves levels of security in the marketplace, the demand for advanced techniques and quality of security personnel for guarding homes or business premises is also spiraling. In other words, technology only provides vital tools necessary for meeting newer market demands in the security sector in an effective and economic way.
It’s important for security guards working in various business sectors to undergo specialized training to understand basic specific skills in those fields. Compliance with government regulations, which outlines basic sector-specific industry requirements is one of the contributing factors that have compelled the contract security companies to embrace technology. Some of the notable examples include:
Colleges and Universities
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act dictates that security officers must be aware of the Act’s requirements when executing their duties and preparing a security guard report form. The Act makes it mandatory for colleges and universities to be compliant with the crime reporting requirements to qualify for federal student financial support.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has imposed very strict regulations on high-risk chemical plants. Therefore, security officers in such facilities need to utilize technology in being compliant with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. The federal inspection process involves asking security officers questions regarding their compliance efforts as per the daily reports that they make as they go about executing their duties.
Some of the critical infrastructure locations identified by DHS include cyber-networks, emergency service providers and the food sector among other critical environments. If the security personnel working in these critical areas get compromised, it can pose a big danger to national security and the economy at large. Therefore, security guards being employed in these places ought to get specialized training and exercises that will prepare them for unexpected eventualities.
It’s recommended that all officers working in medical facilities to be aware of the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This includes but not limited to understanding the security protocols and importance of guarding health data.