Physical Security


Security managers must have a good appreciation of physical security issues to ensure the organisation has the right mechanisms in place to professionally develop and test systems before they’re deployed. This Lesson looks at the key areas of physical security, including physical, technical and procedural controls, clear screen and clear desk policies, reducing risks when moving property, securely disposing of property and maintaining security in delivery areas.

Learning objectives

The objectives of this Lesson are to provide you with and understanding of:

  • Physical, technical and procedural controls, including good environment design and premises security
  • Clear screen and clear desk policies
  • Reducing risks when moving property
  • Securely disposing of property
  • Maintaining security in delivery areas

Intended audience

This Lesson is ideal for members of information security management teams, IT managers, security and systems managers, information asset owners and employees with legal compliance responsibilities. It acts as a foundation for more advanced managerial or technical qualifications.


There are no specific pre-requisites to study this Lesson, however a basic knowledge of IT, an understanding of the general principles of information technology security, and awareness of the issues involved with security control activity would be advantageous.


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About the Author
Fred Hickling
Cyber Security Trainer
Learning paths

Fred is a trainer and consultant specializing in cyber security.  His educational background is in physics, having a BSc and a couple of master’s degrees, one in astrophysics and the other in nuclear and particle physics.  However, most of his professional life has been spent in IT, covering a broad range of activities including system management, programming (originally in C but more recently Python, Ruby et al), database design and management as well as networking.  From networking it was a natural progression to IT security and cyber security more generally.  As well as having many professional credentials reflecting the breadth of his experience (including CASP, CISM and CCISO), he is a Certified Ethical Hacker and a GCHQ Certified Trainer for a number of cybersecurity courses, including CISMP, CISSP and GDPR Practitioner.