Category: Emerging Issues in Security

Security is constantly evolving, and it’s important for professionals to stay up to date. We provide the latest news, opinions, trends, case studies, strategies, and legislative and regulatory developments that could have an impact on the field.

Are Your Security Officers Fatigued?

A new survey of 2,000 working adults concludes that 43 percent of U.S. workers believe they are too tired to function safely at work. The alarming findings are revealed in a new National Safety Council (NSC) Report, Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue.

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How to Use Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations for Workplace Violence Threats

HR and security practitioners must fully understand the differences between a threat assessment, an employee assistance program (EAP) referral, an intervention by a psychologist, and a Fitness for Duty (FFD) evaluation, usually done by a psychiatrist. There are significant legal differences, and the approaches and outcomes can lead to different responses while trying to manage […]

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Interns, Volunteers, and Part-Time Employees May Lack Security Vigilance

An ongoing argument in the security world centers around the measure of loyalty from security officers who are actually employees of the company they protect versus being simply contract vendors from an outside security firm. A similar concern can be raised if we compare the security vigilance of full-time employees at a company versus interns, […]

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Violence Against Nurses Causes Morale, Retention Issues

Hospitals are like small cities, and the violence that plagues our communities mirrors what often goes on in our emergency rooms (ERs). The 24-hour environment is hard to control completely, even with perimeter and access controls, identification (ID) badges and key cards, the use of metal detectors accompanied by armed security, and the constant presence […]

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Hospitals are Emotional Places, Which Can Lead to Crime and Violence

A number of behavioral factors can come together to make the healthcare environment a difficult place to keep secure. Despite new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines designed to specifically enhance the safety of healthcare workers, new access control and visitor policies, and required violence reporting procedures by staff to the leadership teams, the […]

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Detecting Deception During Employee Misconduct Interviews and Interrogations

Employees caught up in the stress of a discussion about their potential misconduct can exhibit certain specific semantic behaviors and word choices as they tried to lessen, hide, or distract the security investigator from asking hard questions to discover the real truth. The discussion often shifts from an interview—which you do with all involved employees […]

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Guidelines on Holistic Security

Holistic security is a popular catch phrase being used to describe a method of establishing or improving security strategies. Rather than looking separately at security processes, it attempts to integrate all the elements designed to safeguard an organization.

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Using a 5-Part Workplace Violence Response Model

Security, HR, and/or a threat assessment team can work together and use a five-step model to manage a current or former employee making threats. As with many dynamic situations involving the threat of workplace violence, there is no one perfect solution. These ideas, especially done in combination, can deter subjects from violence, both while they […]

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