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Controlling Outgoing Shipments
We recently conducted a security assessment at an electronics manufacturing company. This company uses microprocessors, memory modules, and many other high-value electronic components in their production process. The company had many good security procedures in place, including a package inspection procedure where employees leaving the facility were required to have their purses, briefcases, and lunch boxes inspected by a security officer as they exited the building.
Interestingly, we found a major weakness in this companies security procedures: employees could easily mail a package containing high-value merchandise out of the facility!
As a convenience, the company's mail room could be used as a "post office" by employees. An employee desiring to send a personal package could simply drop it by the company mail room. The package would be weighed by a mail room person, and the employee would be charged the appropriate postage. This service was reportedly used heavily by employees, particularly during the holiday season. While convenient for employees, this procedure created a real potential for losses, since the packages were sealed and addressed prior to being accepted by the mail room. An employee intent on theft could easily fill a box with expensive electronic components, seal the box, and then mail it to himself or a friend. Since the mail room did not keep a record of personal shipments, it would be impossible to trace this type of theft.
How are outgoing shipments by employees handled at your company? Would you be vulnerable to this type of theft?
Here are a few suggestions concerning the control of outgoing shipments:
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