Facility Operations Risk Assessment & Security Plan
Risk assessment and develop a security plan for facility operations at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo:
Alternate Final Project: Case Study
I. Alternate Project: Initial Note
This case study is designed for those who are unable to identify a suitable organization (as defined in the Final Project description listed in the online classroom) within the geographic proximity of their current residence or work and/or are unable to complete the site visits that normally occur during the process for any security risk assessment. Those authorized to complete this Alternate Final Project must employ their research skills fervently to learn as much as possible about the site and the surrounding area. Interviews and discussions with security executives about general security principles that might be applicable to the site under review are encouraged. Those completing this project are also reminded to fully utilize the risk management principles discussed in class along with the multitude reading resources.
II. Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan
Scenario: As a new aspiring professional with PLP Security Solutions, an upstart consulting firm specializing in conducting risk assessments and developing effective management strategies for mitigating threats and protecting assets from harm or loss, you have been assigned your first project after completing your initial company orientation and on-the-job-training. You are advised that PLP Security Solutions has contracted with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to conduct risk assessments of their multiple facilities and operations that include a security plan designed to effectively protect the institution’s assets, including any real or personal property, tangible or intangible. Your specific assignment is to complete a risk assessment and develop a security plan for the facility and operations at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo, 1616 McCormick Drive, Largo, Maryland, 20774.
The initial briefing you receive about the site is that UMUC purchased the 236,000 square-foot building in 2008 and it is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The building has high visibility since it is situated near major thoroughfares, including the Capital Beltway, Interstate 495, and is close to the Largo Town Center Metro station. The building is located on a 20-acre site and houses classrooms, conference rooms, computer laboratories and servers, faculty and supporting staff offices, financial aid offices, a Veterans office, a physical fitness room and associated equipment, vending machines, study and lounge areas for students and staff, and maintenance offices and storage. The property includes ample parking for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The property is large enough to accommodate the construction of another good-sized building. Those entering the property in their vehicles to work, attend class, or otherwise conduct business at the facility are not routinely subjected to any external security checks prior to entering the building.
Within the context of protecting a client’s assets from harm or loss, PLP also expects you to address the following general topics in the Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan:
Workplace violence prevention and response, including active shooter threats
Crisis (emergency) management and response (natural disasters, fire, terrorism, lone wolf attacks, etc.); business continuity planning
Employee selection, screening, rescreening (insider threats)
Physical plant intrusion (e.g., burglary)
Property damage, interior and exterior (e.g., vandalism, theft, etc.)
Personal security (e.g., assault, personal property loss/damage, robbery, etc.)
Information/records physical security
Litigation for inadequate security, including negligent hiring/supervision/retention, and other legal issues unique to the site
OSHA safety standards potentially applicable at the site and violations
Unethical business practices
Liaison activities with first responders, security professional organizations
Other security issues germane to the site.
These topics were discussed throughout the course of study and include, in broad terms, the various risks to assets; security and safety control operating standards, guidelines, and procedures; and management and operational issues and challenges confronting security practitioners. You will incorporate into the Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan a succinct discussion for each of the topics as they relate to the organization and the site under review. Facility Operations Risk Assessment & Security Plan
Refer to the instructions for completing the “Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Planning Instrument” for additional information and guidance for this project. This document will be maintained as a “work paper” and submitted to the supervisor as described below.
V. Writing Assignment Requirements: PLP consultants will write a Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan primarily based on their general and specific research conducted about the UMUC Academic Center at Largo. This includes interviews and discussions with security or other organization executives consultants might be able to obtain that focus on general and security procedures and processes.
The paper will total between 1,700 (minimum) to 2,500 (maximum) words (about 7-10 pages, not including the title page, abstract, reference page, or attachments depicting photographs and diagrams). Consultants must select Microsoft Word’s Tools >Word Count to confirm conformity with word count requirements.
Consultants are required to systematically apply the risk management principles and processes discussed throughout the course and as discussed above. Consultants will also ensure:
The Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan includes a strong introductory section at the beginning that thoroughly explains the purpose of the document and incorporates a brief summary of the facility under review (organization name, address, building description, business and/or purpose of building, hours/days of operation, etc.). Included in the introductory section should be a brief overview of security issues that will be addressed in the security plan. You should review the project description to complete this section. The loss prevention measures and security controls currently in place must be described based on your research.
Include in a section of the paper a brief discussion of the risk management methodology used to rank order or quantify security risks to ascertain the most serious risks based on the probability of occurrence and impact (e.g. very likely to occur, extreme impact), requiring the organization’s urgent action and those less critical and/or less likely to occur that may be addressed later. Note: To enhance the presentation of the risk assessment findings, consultants will devise and present a criticality/probability matrix for all identified risks. Facility Operations Risk Assessment & Security Plan
The general topic areas previously described are discussed in the Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan as they relate to the organization and the site under review.
Based on the results of the risk assessment, consultants will identify and detail security vulnerability areas in the paper and provide recommendations for security improvement by initiating and/or updating specific physical, procedural, and virtual controls, contingency procedures for emergencies or other non-criminal and criminal risk events, along with any policy revisions required to enhance the organization’s overall security apparatus.
VI. Format and Related Requirements: Consultants will include a minimum of four (4) attachments of photographs or sketches capturing security concerns or general references in the Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan. Do not incorporate these attachments into the narrative of the paper. Locate them after the last page of the narrative, before REFERENCES, and be sure to number them so you can effectively refer to them in your narrative. When doing so, be sure to provide a cogent explanation of the attachments. Also be sure to provide citations for each of the photos and sketches. Note: Attachments and the descriptive information listed on them are not included in the project word count constraints.
Other requirements include:
References must include at least three (3) external (not class instructional material) scholarly sources. that support the points made in the report. Refer to the following UMUC link for information about scholarly sources: http://sites.umuc.edu/library/
No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper. Resources should be summarized or paraphrased with appropriate in-text and Resource page citations.
Paper must be a Word document, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins.
American Psychology Association (APA) in-text citations for all sources must be used.
Reference page titled References using APA format guidelines must be included (not included in word count).
DON’T for get to follow APA format and place page numbers on the deliverable.
A cover page for the assignment that includes name, course title and number, project title, and date of submission must be included (not included in word count). No other information or drawings or designs are permitted.
VII. Submission Requirements: Consultants will submit the “Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Plan” with the listed attachments (Photos and/or Sketches). Additionally, as a separate document, consultants will submit the “Risk Assessment/Security and Safety Planning Instrument” (work product), complete with responses (which may be handwritten) to the questions and other information required. Both documents must be submitted separately to the Assignments Folder by the designated due date. Facility Operations Risk Assessment & Security Plan