Category: Facility Security

Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.

Getting Back to Facility Security Basics

In this era of mass attacks, cyberattacks, hacking, and the challenge of providing necessary security improvements without breaking the budget, it can help to prioritize your must-haves. This requires thinking beyond the usual (and expensive) security approach of “more guards, gates, fences, cameras, and lights.”

Man and robotic machine work together inside industrial building. The mechanical arm performs welds on metal components assisted by a worker who in turn manages welds manually.

Researchers Find Security Risks Relating to Industrial Machinery

The attack surface that security professionals must defend grows exponentially as more and more of our workplaces and processes are automated. This is especially true in industrial settings, where a host of machinery engages in a tightly coordinated dance, directed through instructions sent over wired or wireless networks. The price for a security breach is […]

Drugs and drug test report on a clipboard

Increase in Positive Drug Tests are a Security Concern

Drug use among employees is a broad concern for any organization, and with wide acceptance of medical marijuana and the legalization or decriminalization of recreational marijuana in many states, security (and HR) personnel can have difficulty navigating these changes. While pubic attitudes regarding marijuana use are shifting, serious concerns remain about the use and abuse […]

Camera technology

It’s Been a Banner Week for Surveillance Camera News Items

The market for surveillance equipment has expanded dramatically as the expansion of the internet of things (IoT) and general success of connected devices has helped drive costs down. Now, homeowners and small business operators can easily keep an eye on their properties and assets without having to part with a significant amount of cash for […]

Building Managers and Security Work to Create Emergency Response Plans

Multitenant facilities, especially those with multiple floors, offer continuous security challenges related to access control and emergency evacuations. Security directors and managers must be ready to work with their colleagues, from facilities to maintenance to the landlord to the local fire marshal, to keep plans up to date and evolving to face emerging threats, including […]

Businessman stressed from work at office desk holding a gun

Identifying and Approaching Depressed or Suicidal Employees

Recent research suggests that people are actually less depressed and less suicidal around the holidays, however, the World Health Organization reports that the number of people living around the world with depression increased 18.4% between 2005 and 2015, and that suicide was the second leading cause of death among those individuals aged 15 to 29 […]

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 […]

The Need for Tighter Hospital Visitor Policies

In decades past, hospitals had strict and enforced visiting hours policies, where even direct family members had to leave their loved ones’ bedsides at a specific time. Today, that concept doesn’t exist at most hospitals, but perhaps it should.

Proper Lighting Can Prevent Shady Behavior at Your Workplace

There’s an inexpensive, simple fix that can improve productivity, control ergonomic hazards, enhance security, and reduce accidental injuries in your workplace. Proper workplace illumination can accomplish all of these things, and the good news is that much of what you need is probably already present in your workplace.