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Andrews International Introduces New Methodology For Reducing Security Costs

New service is based on Andrews' proprietary Security Effectiveness and Efficiency (SEE) methodology

LOS ANGELES, Sept 21 /PRNewswire/ --Andrews International, the largest privately-owned U.S. full-service provider of security and risk mitigation services, today introduced a state-of-the-art analysis service for its enterprise customers that comprehensively evaluates the effectiveness of security operations in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency and effectiveness. The new service is based on Andrews' proprietary Security Effectiveness and Efficiency (SEE) methodology, which includes matching security resources to risk profiles, maximizing the integration of uniformed guards and electronic security assets, and accurately projecting return on investments (ROI) through industry-specific financial models.

Already, the SEE Analysis has been used to evaluate enterprise security programs across several key industries including high-tech and manufacturing. According to a Fortune 500 global manufacturer, the SEE Analysis identified actionable improvements that will enable the organization to reduce uniformed guard costs by 20 percent across its US headquarters and manufacturing sites, while enhancing the strength of its security operations.

"The SEE Analysis thoroughly evaluated and accurately projected the significant gains our customer could achieve by fully integrating uniformed guard and security technology assets," said Fredrick Foster, CPP, vice president of international operations for the Consulting and Investigations (C&I) Division of Andrews International. "This survey helps enterprises maximize their existing resources, and project ROI on security measures, leading to the most cost efficient security program possible."

Enterprises today are under pressure to "protect more for less" in security operations. Unfortunately, companies often reduce spending on uniformed protection through staff reductions, lower pay and overzealous contract cost-cutting with outside vendors, resulting in poor service. While this meets the "for less" mandate, it does not address "protect more." Some organizations try to compensate by adopting security technology, but this is often attempted without a complete understanding of how uniformed guards and technology assets can integrate to deliver the greatest value in security.

The SEE Analysis is performed by Andrews International's C&I Division, a group providing clients with a broad range of information and knowledge to mitigate risk and make effective business decisions. It evaluates the effectiveness and efficiencies of enterprise security operations, focusing on deployment and integration of uniformed guards and electronic technology assets such as closed-circuit television, access control, command center operations and more.

The company has also partnered with a number of software providers to create a "security tool box" that enables proactive monitoring of all aspects of a security program; from supporting targeted screening, testing and qualifying of personnel to integrating facility management with central command center operations. This includes technology from Quantum Secure, a leading provider of enterprise software for physical identity and access management. The company's acclaimed SAFE suite enables corporate security managers to implement best practices, automate key processes and simplify control of employees, vendors and other third-parties.

"We have partnered with Andrews International to leverage their vast experience in security and risk mitigation," said Ajay Jain, president and CEO of Quantum Secure. "Their expertise and consultative selling approach, combined with our technology leadership, is a natural fit for enterprises looking to 'do more with less' in their security operations."

The SEE Analysis covers an enterprise's complete security operations on a local, regional and global asset utilization level.

Areas assessed include: location/site vulnerability, internal and external threats, existing command center operations, electronic technology, security equipment, architectural elements, and uniformed security force policies, procedures, readiness, training and personnel utilization. Additionally, the SEE Analysis identifies opportunities to effectively converge resources by leveraging the benefits of technology and security personnel, as well as ways to integrate operations in other business functions such as human resources. It also provides financial models and cost scenarios to project ROI and payback from initiatives in areas such as convergence.

"The SEE methodology inherently ties staffing, technology and costs together with the effectiveness of each security measure," said Ty Richmond (CPP, CFE), COO of Andrews International, who along with Ray O'Hara (CPP), executive vice president of International Operations and C&I, created the SEE Analysis. "This provides our enterprise customers with an optimum model for improving their level of security, controlling costs and projecting the resulting outcome."

Those attending ASIS 2009 can learn more about the SEE Analysis by visiting Andrews International at booth #769.

About Andrews International

Andrews International, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a full-service provider of security and risk mitigation services with operations throughout the United States and internationally. As one of the largest privately-held, American-owned security firms, Andrews International employs more than 10,500 security personnel, providing uniformed security, consulting and investigative services, personal protection, special event security, specialized training, and disaster emergency response services. The company is owned by executive and management team members with investment backing from Audax Group. Please visit the Andrews International website at www.andrewsinternational.com.

CONTACT:

Marty Querzoli PR for Andrews International Davies Murphy Group 781.418.2433 [email protected]

Olivia Castille Andrews International 713.961.7670 [email protected]

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