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.

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Fire Prevention and Fire Protection Go Hand in Hand

In addition to the safety of occupants with business continuity an ever increasing issue, protection from fire is an integral aspect in reducing downtime at any facility. An understanding of why you need both fire prevention and fire protection can reduce hazards and maintain safety.

The Need for Security Communication Integration at Your Sites

One of the most chilling realizations in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks was the inability for the first responders from each discipline—police, fire, and paramedics—to communicate with each other across the same radio frequencies. Are we any better—during our private sector security functions—in reaching or talking to each other in routine conditions and serious […]

Identifying Weak Points in Your Access Controls

When it comes to security systems, policies and procedures, and equipment, we tend to take for granted what works right up until it fails. It’s critical to continue testing, evaluating, and event-stressing the systems we have in place to protect employees, clients, customers, company assets, and the entire scope of the property.

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Hackers Target Port Facilities in Ransomware Attacks

As September drew to a close, international shipping ports in Barcelona, Spain and San Diego, California fell victim to ransomware attacks. These follow a successful attack on the China Ocean Shipping Company terminal at the Port of Long Beach this past July. This cluster of attacks should serve as a warning to the industry as […]

CPTED Cases Can Get Security Staff Thinking

One useful way to teach security staff to problem solve is to give them crime-prevention scenarios for specific issues related to the facility that either are or could be problematic to the safety of employees, guests, or visitors. Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) scenarios can provide dividends by offering site-specific training and nurturing […]

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Do Your Security Officers Require Range Training Prior to Issuing PPE?

Every company wants to ensure the security of their employees, and reaching that goal requires properly equipped and trained security staff. Depending on the type of work your security teams does, this could require wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as body armor. A question came in to our experts at Safety.BLR.com regarding the […]

Protecting Data from Departing Employees

Countless formal and informal studies show that most employees retain at least some company data when they leave a job. The reasons vary from the benign (like when an employee inadvertently keeps a work flash drive) to the more malicious (in the case of an employee’s deliberate theft of company trade secrets for use at […]

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The Security Risks Posed by Old Paper Work

There are broad impacts when a major retail business moves to shutter its operations, especially when that business is the size of Circuit City, Borders Books and Music, or Toys “R” Us. In the case of the latter, the rapid closing of the toy giant left 31,000 employees without work and almost 800 properties vacant. […]

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Workplace Safety and Security in the Age of Legal Marijuana: What You Need to Know

Thirty states have now legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, while another 9 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational use. As many states across the country become more lenient with their marijuana laws and regulations, organizations should seek out everything there is to know about marijuana use and workplace safety and wellness.