Vulnerability Checklist

venn diagram defenition of risk

A vulnerability check list provides a simple process for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of an organization’s security program.  The check list walks the user through the building and site, as well as evaluates the existence of certain policies and procedures.  Each item on the checklist will require documentation to determine where vulnerabilities exist.  For example, if an evaluation of the site lighting reveals burned out bulbs, then a note regarding this vulnerability should be documented.  The vulnerability check list must be evaluated in context of a larger risk and threat assessment conducted by the risk management team.  The types of threats facing an organization and the level of risk for each threat will determine how vulnerable a structure is.  If there have been numerous assaults in the local area, then a burned out street lamp is more problematic.  The following is an example of a vulnerability checklist:

  • Site Perimeter
    • Fencing
    • Lighting (site perimeter)
    • Parking
    • Traffic flow
    • Landscaping
    • Unoccupied structures
    • Camera system (site perimeter)
  • Building Perimeter
    • Lighting
    • Architectural design/Envelope
    • Windows
    • Exterior doors
    • Landscaping
    • Utilities
    • Roof
  • Building Interior
    • Interior Doors
    • Interior Lighting
    • Utility Systems (plumbing, gas, water)
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Access Control
    • Camera System
    • Alarm System
    • Communications/IT Systems
  • Miscellaneous Information
    • Visitors policy
    • Cash handling
    • Key control
    • Security guards
    • Security education
    • Security Policy/Procedures

A more detailed building vulnerability check list can be found in “Primer for Design Safe Schools Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks” (FEMA 428) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.


Posted in Physical Security, Security, Uncategorized by sonictemple at July 16th, 2013.
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