Most organizations have some form of workplace violence prevention plan in place. However, that is only the first step. Security or HR personnel may not know how to effectively communicate this plan to employees, or how to appropriately communicate that an actual incident is in progress. According to 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium keynote speaker, […]
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.
Taser or “Taser-style” conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) are popular among law enforcement officers as a nonlethal method to control an individual who poses a threat to others. While a large number of police officers carry these devices, private security firms have lagged behind in deploying them. It could be that security firms’ clients are reluctant […]
It’s not enough to conduct a security assessment of your facility without acting on the results. Having the data about security gaps, equipment needs, and policy updates is only half the battle; you’ll often need to convince senior management as to the validity of your report and the need to implement the most critical priorities.
On January 18, 2019, President Trump signed a bill providing another 15 months of funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program (CFATS). Trump signed the bill the day after the program was set to expire. News of the extension provides a moment to examine one of the more unusual […]
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.”
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 […]
With the cost of IP-based surveillance cameras, access controllers, and other security devices continuing to fall, there is a lot of interest in deploying such equipment pervasively. The challenge in such applications, however, is wiring. Often, cameras and other devices need to be placed in areas where electrical power is readily available, but network connectivity […]
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 public attitudes regarding marijuana use are shifting, serious concerns remain about the use and abuse […]
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 […]
The near-constant prevalence of workplace and school violence shootings or mass attacks—occurring in the United States about every 4 or 5 weeks, according to the FBI—should give security and HR professionals the motivation they need to regularly train and remind employees and students about warning signs and how and who to report them to.