May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in the United States we remain in the midst of an opioid crisis and a suicide epidemic, on top of the pressures of the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, approximately 47,000 Americans die by suicide. It is a preventable public health problem and one of the leading […]
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 […]
There is currently a lot of hype about the “smart cities” concept, and communities and governments around the world are jumping onto the bandwagon. While most of the focus is on eliminating inefficiencies in a variety of infrastructure systems–from transportation to utilities and beyond—the reality is a “smart city” should equate to a “safe city.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we are all being forced to adjust our new daily routines, and this includes cybercriminals. Since the start of the crisis, security teams are reporting an overall rise in all types of cyberattacks, ranging from phishing, account takeovers, and even activating long-dormant ransomware attacks. Keeping in mind that […]
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 […]
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.
Recent changes and pending new ones in travel restrictions for airline passengers coming from certain Middle East countries have banned the possession of laptop computers inside the cabin of the plane. More changes may be forthcoming, including adding 71 additional international airports to the current list.
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.
When it comes to cybersecurity, two factors are coming together in a worrying way. One lurks in the results of a survey, conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel, that shows employee error is the leading cause of data breaches. The other was revealed in research carried out by CompTIA, which discovered that almost half […]