A Sense of Security: Trends in Building & Property Security

Manufacturing Council meeting at Moog spotlights current trends in building and property security measures

Does your company or organization have established procedures in place for an emergency situation in or outside your facilities?

Have you ever conducted a risk assessment for threats to your building and property or for cyber security threats?

What about an emergency action plan? Does the organization have one?

Those were just a few of the questions posed to participants in the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council meeting to get them thinking about their own security measures before a panel of security experts weighed in on the topic.

George Cameron, group vice president of enterprise process and product integrity at Moog  – our meeting host – led the panel and was joined by Mario Rodriguez, president and co-owner of Forseti Protection Group, and Bill Marusza, owner of Armored Access.

Manufacturing Council meeting at Moog
George Cameron described some of the policies and procedures carried out by Moog on its 390-acre campus in East Aurora where approximately 3,200 employees work. The motion control products manufacturer utilizes a comprehensive security program that includes access control to the buildings, an emergency action plan, a business continuity plan and other procedures.

Jerry Sheldon, the Partnership’s Executive in Residence for the Manufacturing Council, was the moderator for the panel. The Manufacturing Council provided meeting participants with a brief self-assessment survey to help the council better understand the top concerns and priorities members had in regard to security in their organization.

Best Security Practices

The panelists agreed that every company or organization is different, thus, so are security measures. That is why they expressed the importance of a thorough assessment of an organization’s physical property and computer systems and current security protocols.

In today’s world, security is no longer a guard with a flashlight, and unfortunately, must address several new realities such as active shooter situations, cyber threats and workplace violence.

No matter the type of company or organization, the panel discussion highlighted some procedures that should be included in any security program. These include:

  • Start with an assessment – Look at current systems in place and think ahead to future needs. A security professional can help with such an assessment to point out vulnerable areas for security risk.
  • Create a plan – Determine and prioritize steps that need to be taken to improve security and emergency procedures. Mario Rodriguez pointed out that these steps don’t need to be initiated all at once, but a plan is important to address the most critical issues first.
  • Think about business continuity – Include steps that assure a business or organization can continue to operate after an emergency or event. A business continuity plan should assign responsibilities to senior staff and other employees to ensure all areas of the organization are covered.
  • Emergency action plans – Similar to business continuity, an emergency action plan should include responsibilities assigned to staff members, spelling out in detail steps to be taken to assure the safety of personnel.
  • Engage employees – George Cameron noted the extensive training that goes into Moog’s business continuity and emergency action plans. Time and workforce turnover dictate that this training be ongoing.
  • Utilize technology – From swipe cards for access control to surveillance cameras for keeping an eye on operations, technology provides key tools for a security program.
  • Remember cyber security – Any organization’s computer system can fall victim to a cyber attack, so computer security measures should not be overlooked.
  • Look for tax advantages –  President Trump’s tax plan expands eligibility for deductions for fire protection, alarm, and security systems, along with other equipment, placed in service by businesses in 2018. A security assessment should consider these potential tax advantages.

Assessing Your Security Program

Mario Rodriguez emphasized that a security program should not be based on fear, but rather on preparedness and protection of life and property. For that reason, customization of a program to an organization’s needs and requirements is very important.

Rodriguez noted that his firm provides an initial consultation free of charge to view a potential client’s building and property and determine what measures may be needed. From there, the firm can customize a plan specific to the organization at a cost that may average around $2,500, depending on the size of the organization and other factors.

From such a plan, the firm can help the organization implement a tailored security program with the cost depending on what goes into the program.

He noted that with the mentioned tax advantages, potential insurance savings due to enhanced safety, and the potential to reduce risks of theft and other risks, a security program can easily pay for itself over time.

The Partnership would like to thank all the panel members for an informative and thought-provoking discussion on security policies and procedures.

Taking a Tour

Following the panel discussion, participants in the Manufacturing Council meeting had the chance to tour Moog’s Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) where the company uses metal powder bed fusion technology to produce complex components direct from 3D computer generated designs.

Tour of Moog

The high tech AM systems in the 14,000 square foot center create solid metal components with complexity that can’t be easily matched by traditional manufacturing methods. The systems can also reduce labor and turnaround time on complex components. Tour attendees were able to see systems in action creating complex titanium alloy parts.

The Partnership extends additional thanks to Moog and George Cameron for hosting the Manufacturing Council meeting and tour.

Learn more about our manufacturing council here.


Thank you to our sponsors who make these important presentations possible.


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