Conducting Your Annual Physical Security Review

This presentation provides a basic methodology and techniques for conducting an institution-wide security review for identifying the “windows of opportunity” for loss from all sources.

Every financial institution should conduct a comprehensive security review annually — more frequently if the institution’s environment changes rapidly. Examples include:

  • The introduction of a new product or service
  • A change in security regulations or laws
  • The institution’s entry into a previously-inexperienced market
  • A change in leadership or other key personnel
  • Acquisition of a previously-owned banking facility or construction of a new banking facility

A significant component of the review is a thorough investigation of each of the institution’s facilities to identify conditions that may result in a crime, loss or legal action tomorrow — or 30 years from now. The review simply targets your loss potential using a standardized, practical and cost-effective methodology. Your review and subsequent report should involve safety, security and related issues as they affect the five (5) most common, industry-standard security priorities and areas of exposure:

  • Employees and other institution-affiliated parties — and their families
  • Customers and other persons lawfully present on the premises, including vendors
  • Facilities that you own, manage, maintain, rent or control
  • Tangible and intangible assets — particularly the institution’s image
  • Records from internal and external sources — paper and electronic


  • Identify and describe the primary sources of loss and methods the Security Officer may use to effectively reduce that exposure
  • Assess the impact of these sources upon the institution, its facilities, its Security Program and overall strategic plan
  • Design or recommend appropriate changes to facilities, policies and procedures to address the issues discovered
  • Train or recommend training for the Board and senior management about their responsibilities and the projected


Security Personnel, Directors, Auditors, HR Managers, Training Managers, Compliance Officers and Retail Operations Managers.


Dana Turner, Security Education Systems, has served as a law enforcement officer, including the investigation of business and financial crimes. He has delivered over 3,000 presentations and has an outstanding reputation as a dynamic, knowledgeable instructor. Dana has designed and participated in programs offered by banking associations, examining and law enforcement agencies, and security, audit and HR organizations.

Credit Information

Institute of Certified Bankers: Visit http://www.icbmembers.org/login.aspx for instructions regarding self-reporting. Estimated credits: 2.5 hours CRCM/CFSSP.


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