The Three Legged Stool

One of the best analogies we’ve heard recently to explain a good approach to security is the three legged stool. A stool with three legs is extremely secure and stable, and won’t rock or easily fall over. Remove a leg, or have one that’s weak, and it will quickly fall down.

Our ‘three legs’ are physical, technical and personal security. If we apply these ‘legs’ to an area we are working in, it ensures it is stable, safe and secure.

Physical Security

The most vital leg is physical security. If a space isn’t secure, no person can safely enter and technical assets are at risk of damage. Physical security includes blast proof walls, shatter proof windows and access control, such as locks. Without this foundation, technical and personal security elements can be easily bypassed by brute force.

Technical Security

Technical security is the next most important leg. This adds another layer of protection to a space, without which staff could not operate safely. Technical elements range from key card access and intruder detection, to laptops and internet and data connections. We make sure that all of these elements are in place and secure, to protect both the physical and digital space.

Personal Security

The third and final leg of our stool is personal security. This means ensuring that the people in the space are not going to undermine the physical or technical security or weaken the other two ‘legs’. All of our staff are security cleared and have experience in working in extremely secure locations, so do not undermine the physical and technical security in place.

We have extensive experience in creating secure environments, and deliver a range of guidance, products and services to protect assets. So when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office commissioned the construction of a new build British High Commission in Abuja, FCO Services was the obvious choice. We designed, supplied and installed a site-wide technical fit out, and construction fit out of the new secure zone. The fit out was completed successfully, and we were praised for our ‘extensive knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile’.

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