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Mandatory Drug Screenings Could Have Negative Repercussions

Employers often feel an obligation to implement a drug screening program in the workplace, typically with the safety and security of the workforce in mind. It is used as a precaution to ensure people who would be a danger to others aren’t hired. Random testing is also used to discourage employees from using drugs after […]

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Keep Security in Mind this Holiday Season

The holidays are time when we hopefully get to slow down and spend some quality time with family and friends, enjoy wonderful food, and of course, shop like crazy for all the deeply discounted gadgets and connected devices. Despite our deeply ingrained desire to give the coolest gifts, the headlines detailing major cybersecurity incidents involving […]

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How to Stop Thinking About Work After Hours

Relaxing properly is essential to maintaining your physical and mental health, and it has never been more necessary than for security professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Japanese actually have their own word, karōshi, to refer to death from overwork.) This is especially true for security professionals. Failure to relax can negatively impact the quality […]

Using Employee Surveys to Measure Security Issues

It’s easy for security professionals to make assumptions about what their facilities need in terms of new security devices or policies. After all, that’s their business, right? In reality, they may have some gaps in their perceptions of what is best for the facility because they have not taken the time to ask the end-users—the […]

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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 […]

The Challenge of New Federal OSHA Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention

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.

New TSA Travel Rules May Put Stress on U.S. Travelers Returning from Overseas

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.

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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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Employee Handbooks: The Vital Link in a Cybersecurity Chain

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 […]