A Better Mousetrap
Document security is no joke. Forgers and counterfeiters grow more sophisticated every day, and if your document security can't keep up, you could lose out on business. While staying up on the newest security features and counterfeiting methods is important, so too is enacting a thorough and effective process for adding features in the first place. Below, some of the industry's top security experts explain the best ways to add security to your documents.
Perform a risk analysis
One of the first steps in undertaking a security printing job is figuring out what level of security is needed on the document. Roger Buck, marketing director for The Flesh Company, St. Louis, explained this determination can be made by doing a "risk analysis survey" with all of a client's employees that will be dealing with the document or affected by fraud against it. The survey will gather each relevant employee's input, giving you a good idea of how much and what kinds of security features will be needed on the document.
What questions you put on the survey are up to you, but in the example provided in the Flesh Company whitepaper "Risk Analysis in Document Security: Assessing and Defending Against Potential Threats," the questions cover topics such as, "What types of document security or counterfeit attacks, if any, have you seen against your company's products or services?" and, "What happens to your department when a document security or counterfeit attack occurs?" The example survey in the white paper is about 75 questions long, though it is divided by department (sales, legal, etc.) so the actual number of questions any one person would be answering is closer to 35.
The full whitepaper can be found at www.fleshco.com/sales-and-support/whitepapers.php. Besides the sample survey, the whitepaper contains instructions and tips on conducting the survey, such as: