Reform corporate security3 min read 26 Jul 2009, 09:25 PM IST
Reform corporate security
Though the events of 26/11 may have changed the way we approach corporate security, there is still a long way to go in terms of security preparedness. In India, perceptions about corporate security have often been defined by presuppositions and a certain predictability that can be precarious. For instance, when you visit a movie theatre with a female companion, you are subjected to frisking at the entrance—whereas your friend, who has to merely show her handbag, escapes scrutiny, at times because of a paucity of female security guards. It is also presupposed that a woman presents a reduced degree of physical threat. Such ideas can be misplaced, especially as the most prominent suicide attack on a VIP in independent India involved a female suicide bomber. Such predictability in drills encourages sloth and leaves the security system vulnerable to being surprised by the innovativeness of terrorists, putting thousands of lives at risk each day.