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Why Would an Experienced Security Manager Hire a Security Consultant?
Most security and loss prevention managers are very qualified to perform their jobs. Many have had years of previous experience in law enforcement or the military and consider themselves to be experts in security matters. These security managers are often reluctant to bring in an outside security consultant, often stating the following reasons:
"No one is more familiar with my company's security needs than I am - there is no way an outside consultant could tell me anything that I don't already know"
"I am supposed to be the company's security expert. Won't my boss think I'm incompetent if I ask to bring in outside help?"
"Consultants are expensive - there is no way we could afford to hire one, not on our security budget"
"Working on this project (security design, policy manual, training program, etc.) will be enjoyable and a nice break from my normal routine. Who cares if I've never done anything like this before - I'll learn as I go along. Bringing in an outside consultant would spoil my fun..."
The security manager's reluctance to use outside help is interesting given that most practitioners in every other profession regularly use consultants to provide specialized expertise or to render an outside opinion. For example, medical doctors almost always bring in other professionals such as radiologists, hematologists, and other specialists when a patient's condition warrants it, and wouldn't dream of trying to do everything themselves. Similarly, top-rated attorneys almost always bring in other attorneys with specialized expertise when bringing complicated legal cases to trial.
Smart security managers should recognize that they cannot be an expert on everything, and that bringing in outside help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The benefits provided by an outside security consultant can include:
If you are a security manager who wants to learn more about how an independent security consultant could be of help to you, please contact us. If we can't help you ourselves, we would be happy to refer you to other qualified security consultants.
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