Are you looking to hire a security consulting company? Experienced security consultants prove an invaluable service that can help protect your home or business. However, hiring the wrong company could result in a sub-par experience. In order to hire the right company for security consulting, look out for the following red flags.
No Background in Security
One common red flag to look out for is when the consultant is retired law enforcement but has no security background. Security consulting is a common job choice for retired policemen, however, law enforcement experience alone doesn’t make the best consultant. A background in security is preferred.
Security experience teaches you to look for liabilities to stay ahead of threats, law enforcement is mostly about responding to threats. It’s also important to consider the fact that retired law enforcement is just that, retired. You want to work with someone who is on the top of their game and passionate about the field, not someone looking for some extra cash after retirement.
Certification & Education
Your security consulting company needs to be properly certified before you should even consider hiring them. However, certification alone does not qualify a security consulting candidate for the job. It’s important to hire people with a college education in security management, homeland security or critical infrastructure protection. In fact, having a strong education is more important than CPP, PSP, or PCI certifications.
Another red flag to watch out for is when the security consulting company doesn’t make the process crystal clear during your initial meetings. They should inform you of their objectives, how the process will play out, their expectations and their concrete deliverables. Never settle for someone who expects you to simply ‘trust the plan.’ They will be more likely to cut corners and provide subpar services.
Too Good To Be True Pricing
You need to know exactly what and who you are getting for your money. Be leary of prices that are too good to be true. More often than not, very inexpensive security consultants are hobbyists looking to make some extra money on the side. On the opposite side of the spectrum, some large security consulting companies will charge exorbitant prices and promise you the world because they have renown senior investigators. However, some of these companies will charge the same for a senior member and a brand new hire. Ask questions and make sure you know exactly who you will be working with.
Low-Tech Security Consulting
Unfortunately, there are many people out there that are stuck in their ways and aren’t interested in the latest technology. Some industries can still do things the old fashioned way and get by – security consulting is not one of them. High-tech solutions to security threats are essential in the modern-day. Tech-leary security consulting companies can miss major cybersecurity threats that are capable of putting a company out of business.
Experienced Security Consulting Professionals
Security consulting must be carried out by an experienced professional you can trust. South and Associates are highly trained, educated and experienced professionals in the security industry. Aside from consulting, we offer a myriad of individual investigative services and are your best chance for a successful investigation. Our team operates with the highest standards of professionalism. We also offer many other services such as employment screening, training, and more. If you require an investigation involving surveillance, marital infidelity, or residential property checks, contact us today.