Country Risks Influence Security Levels

Aon Interactive Country Risk Map_2014

Source: http://www.riskmap.aon.co.uk/

Being exposed to different countries with varying risk levels, I’ developed a keen sense of the proper security layers that should be implemented. The most often asked question by company executives is as follows: Why are more resources invested in essentially identical business operations in different geographical locations?

The short answer is this, a country’s risk level is a fundamental external catalyst which added to the risk analysis enables decision making on the proper security layers to implement in the protection of people, assets and the well-being of all stakeholders. A number of different strategies are intertwined forming an effective protective fabric.  For instance, depending on your business activities (considering the difference between transporting valuables and commodities which require different mitigation strategies) in terms of duty of care for a broader geographical spectrum, few resources are allocated to staff protection in Alberta, Canada where the country risk level for violent criminal activities is relatively low, as opposed to Cairo, Egypt where political instability may trigger violent criminal acts (also considering the absence of or overreaction by state authorities), thus requiring more resources to assure the integrity of staff for on-going business operations. Even more resources would need to be invested if the risk levels reach a climax forcing business operations to be either temporarily or permanently interrupted.

Think of it as the layers and various fabrics that should be worn to protect yourself against the climatic elements. For instance, you’d be ill advised to don a heavy wool sweater or goose down jacket to the hot desert climate of Cairo for a business trip; just the same as you would not be fitted in a fashionable light linen shirt for a similar trip to Alberta at the height of the winter season. If traveling back and forth between these regions, care would be taken to wear the right clothing based on the prevailing climate. Equal permutations should be considered when tailoring the proper security strategies for these regions respectably and as mentioned before, based on your particular business operation.