Security and the new way of working

An energy provider decides to adopt the principles of “the new way of working” for a new office & service location. That new (open) approach however causes challenges and dilemmas for security. How to handle that and still achieve an optimal level of security?

The site consists of existing buildings is going to be combined into one area my means of a futuristic roof and glass walls. This new atrium is going to be the new central entrance. The principles of “the new way of working” for the atrium and the entrance policy:

  • Transparent

  • Meeting point

  • Free public access

  • Open character


The practical consequences are not yet fully decided, but they must obviously be defined before the next construction phase can start. The security concept is a totally new approach for this location. The task:

  • Formulate the dilemmas

  • Provide advice to achieve an adequate level of security

  • Initiate an interactive discussion between stakeholders and within the organization

  • Ensure a future-proof and corporate adoptable solution


A proven and accepted approach was found based on interviews, personal observations, risk analyses and previous experiences. Beside the organizational advice and innovative solutions our approach initiated several internal discussions regarding risks & security strategy.

Especially the “out-of-the-box” approach and our constant focus to assess security risks only in perspective of realistic threats challenged participants in the interactive discussions.

The most prominent conclusion: less security is possible - and even preferable - but only on the condition that the level of security awareness be increased and to implement a proactive risk management process. Combined with innovative security solutions this concept leads to a more accepted but adequate security balance.

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