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The Increasing Importance of Security Integration

One of the best parts about gearing up for the Total Security Summit happening June 25-26 in Plano, Texas has been engaging with event speakers. The breadth and depth of their knowledge has opened the doors to some truly interesting conversations. I recently chatted with Terry Gold, the founder and principal analyst at D6 Research […]

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Attack-Resistant Doors and Hardware Could Help Slow or Deter Attackers

Thinking about school safety requires more prescience than ever before, as the first 6 months of 2018 have proven. While some of the more public discussions have focused on the controversial political issues of gun control and arming teachers, there are other, more immediate stop-gap measures to employ in the interim. One move school districts […]

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Crowdfunded Security Solutions Might Not Live Up to Hype

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have made serious inroads over the last few years, allowing entrepreneurs and established companies alike to pitch products directly to consumers. I have crowdfunded a couple of projects (nothing security related), and thankfully, I have yet to get burned—either by someone who can’t or won’t deliver a product or […]

Keeping Security Officers in ‘Professional Mode’ at Your Facility

Security officers can and should play many roles during their guard shifts, including providing information; good customer service to employees, vendors, and visitors; and remaining vigilant, especially when they have not encountered past crime or violence problems on the site. It’s important that they not get distracted from their security duties by employees or supervisors […]

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Is There a Value to Professional Security Certifications?

The security world is full of professional certifications, ranging from the plethora of initials offered by ASIS, to homeland security designations, to a fraud examiner’s certification, to others related to crisis management, threat management, and even critical incident stress. Do the examination costs, recertification fees and costs, and study time make sense for security professionals […]

The Challenge of New Federal OSHA Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created new guidelines for workplace violence prevention, measurement, and response. Its purpose is to help organizations address when a workplace violence perpetrator violates OSHA’s well-known General Duty Clause (GDC), which says employees must protect their employees from all types of physical harm.

New TSA Travel Rules May Put Stress on U.S. Travelers Returning from Overseas

Recent changes and pending new ones in travel restrictions for airline passengers coming from certain Middle East countries have banned the possession of laptop computers inside the cabin of the plane. More changes may be forthcoming, including adding 71 additional international airports to the current list.

Ohio School District Allows Teachers, Staff to Be Armed

In what is a growing trend in some school districts across the United States, the school board for the Georgetown Village School District in Georgetown, Ohio, voted to allow its teachers and staff to be armed at work. All staff members who want to participate in this program will go through a 3-day firearms certification […]

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Employee Handbooks: The Vital Link in a Cybersecurity Chain

When it comes to cybersecurity, two factors are coming together in a worrying way. One lurks in the results of a survey, conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel, that shows employee error is the leading cause of data breaches. The other was revealed in research carried out by CompTIA, which discovered that almost half […]