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7 Security Pro Tips for Dealing with Emotionally Confrontational Individuals

Security professionals often deal with emotionally confrontational colleagues from the same or other departments, vendors, and customers. These workers could be upset for a variety of reasons; some might be dealing with the worst days of their lives, while others are just projecting their pent-up anger onto others. Ways of dealing with emotionally confrontational individuals […]

Improving the Cybersecurity of Physical Security

Editor’s note: This checklist is a broader companion piece to a previous article, “How Government Organizations Can Protect Their Physical Security Systems from Cyber Risk.“ In many organizations, there has been a long-held perspective that IT and physical security are separate realms and their work and concerns do not intersect. However, in light of the […]

Tips for Improving Data Privacy, Security in the Remote Work Era

Employees have been working remotely (i.e., any place with an Internet connection) since at least the mid-2000s. The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in 2020, forced employers to permit employees with certain types of jobs (usually white-collar) to work remotely on at least a part-time basis. IT departments were overwhelmed by the pressing need to set […]

Congressional Action on School Security in Bipartisan Measure

Update: As expected, Congress passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, and President Joe Biden signed it into law on Saturday, June 25. Congress is poised, as of this writing, to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), the gun and school safety measure carefully negotiated over the last few weeks in response to the mass murders at […]

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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 […]

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What Is the Difference Between Shelter in Place and Lockdown?

It is important to determine suitable shelter-in-place locations and lockdown rooms in a facility before an incident. Knowing what characteristics make a room more conducive to shelter in place or secure in place (lockdown) helps to avoid danger during an incident.

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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.

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5 Physical Security Controls Your Business Needs

Most conversations about cybersecurity focus entirely on the digital realm. That makes sense. Most cyberattacks are carried out through the Internet. At the same time, neglecting physical security is something you do at your own risk. The most ironclad firewall in the world means little if anyone can simply walk into your server room.

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Evacuation Route Maps: Are They a Requirement?

Security professionals looking to improve their workplaces’ emergency preparedness plans may have noticed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strongly suggests the use of evacuation route maps—but there doesn’t seem to be a specific requirement. However, the lack of a clear requirement does not diminish the value of these materials to your emergency […]