Monday, 21 April 2014

Security Tips for Your Cargo and Facilities

Annually in the United States, security breaches cost industries billions of dollars so whether you distribute, manufacture or ship high value items, company’s security is something you need to look into and secure for your businesses. Here are some tips that can help you secure your cargo and facilities.
  1. Manage all employees and visitors’ premises access by utilizing staff’s and visitor’s ID badges to display their identity, date, time of visits and person they are visiting. Visitors should be escorted at all times with their dates and times of visits recorded.
  2. Interview, screen applicants and perform a thorough pre-employment background check.
  3. Keep abreast with the latest security regulations. It is important to understand and conform to known World Customs Organisation/ US Customers and Border Protection regulations as there are constant risk from terrorist’s exploitation in the global supply chains.
  4. Install security fences around the facility and monitor your terminal locations and security gates. Also, remember to regularly inspect the fencing around containers and truck yards.
  5. Protect your data centre by limiting authorized personal access and set up firewalls with password protected access.
  6. Back up your data regularly.
  7. Test your security and alter where necessary.
  8. Acquire a C-TPAT certification through the US Customs and Border Protection to find out about your security weakness.
  9. Instigate random container/trailer spot checks to identify irregularity with more than one security officer and keep records of container number, rig’s license plate, seal number, date and time.
  10. Use ISO 17712 high security seals that conform to the sealing regulations and mandates. The seal will expose any indications suggesting theft or pilferage and train users to recognize these security signs.
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