safety and security

What’s the difference between safety and security?

Protus3 Security Assessment


I am Megan Keenan, the Business Development Manager here at Protus3. One of the first things I learned after I joined the team was the difference between safety and security.

A lot of times, these two words are used interchangeably. People say safety when they really mean security.

Both safety and security are concerned with keeping people from harm and reducing the impact of negative events.

So what’s the difference?

Safety events can happen by accident or through negligence. In our view, security events are always caused by people with intent to do harm.

For example, on the left you see a picture of racks in a warehouse. They weren’t properly bolted to the floor and when someone hit them with a forklift, they came down like dominoes. This was an accident. No one intended for those racks to fall and fortunately no one was injured.

The picture on the right is of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. This was not an accident. This was deliberate action taken by two individuals to harm and injure. Three people lost their lives and over 200 people were injured on this horrific day.

Security practitioners must always keep in mind the person behind the security event.

This is why the actions of people are so important when designing appropriate security. In short, this is one of the ways Protus3 can help security your business.