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.

Anthrax Scares and Hoaxes in the Years Since 9-11

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States has seen over 2,000 cases of threats to various public facilities and private sector companies involving the use of anthrax. Most of these incidents involved perpetrators who sent white powder in envelopes via the company mail room, or to selected government officials, or to media personalities. […]

Key Video Trends in Retail Security Emerge at NRF

Many retailers use surveillance cameras to address theft and inventory shrinkage by closely monitoring customers and employees. Retail technologies today go well beyond store security to address new threats and increase profits. Camera systems already in place can make it possible to analyze data being collected every day. Retailers attending the National Retail Federation (NRF) […]

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.

OSHA Issues New Guidelines for Healthcare Violence Prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new Guideline 3148 mandates healthcare facilities to make significant improvements in the hazards facing hospital and clinic employees. Facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare can lose reimbursement funding if they aren’t in compliance by doing an annual all-hazards security risk assessment by November 15, 2017.

Are ‘No Guns Allowed’ Signs Legal?

As the number of people in the United States who have a Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit continues to expand, along with new state laws that allow those permittees to bring their weapons into certain facilities, are public and private businesses allowed to ban guns from their buildings?

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 […]

One Lesson from Manchester: Expand the Security Perimeter

The difference in the security in place at the Manchester Arena bombing compared to the “One Love Manchester,” benefit concert for victims of the Manchester attack at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground points out the importance of expanding the perimeter of security beyond the venue. Coverage is needed where large numbers of people gather, surrounding […]