U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced $1.6 billion for eight Fiscal Year 2022 preparedness grant programs. Together, these programs provide critical funding to help state and local officials prepare for, prevent, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism and other hazards. This funding is in addition to the $405.1 […]
Category: Emergency Preparedness
“It could never happen here” is not an acceptable attitude when it comes to emergency preparedness. Security professionals must be ready to work alongside other employees within the organization in the event of workplace accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or incidents of violence.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and various stages of reopenings occur, the threat landscape is dramatically expanding, which is compounded by global geopolitical issues such as the war between Russia and Ukraine. This perpetual state of volatility impacts the ways businesses operate and their ability to plan ahead to mitigate risks. According to Ontic’s 2022 […]
The Texas Task Force on Concert Safety has released its final report, which includes recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers in the Lone Star State. Gov. Greg Abbott launched the task force in November 2021 in response to the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival in Houston that killed 10 concertgoers and injured over […]
Ranging from verbal threats to even homicides, workplace violence has become a major concern at companies across the country. With many workers returning to the office amid changing COVID regulations, it is incumbent upon employers—and their security teams—to ensure a safe environment for all.
Back to Basics is an article series highlighting important, but possibly overlooked, information that security professionals should know. In April 2022, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is celebrating its first Emergency Communications Month. The agency aims to support the ability of emergency response providers nationwide to communicate with other security professionals and the […]
The world is witnessing an unprecedented increase in cross-border conflicts and geopolitical tension—a recent example being the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Military-grade safety equipment such as body armor has become an essential tool for law-enforcement personnel and armed forces to ensure safety and survival during security operations. Designed as protective clothing to absorb or deflect physical attacks, […]
Public view monitors (PVMs) have an integrated camera and display the captured images of visitors. PVMs are typically hung from the ceiling or mounted on the walls at customer entrances and lobby areas. They have been used for years in the retail sector and proven to deter criminal activity. PVMs can help to set the […]
Organizations must continue to be proactive in cybersecurity due to the increased threat activity occurring worldwide. Between the most recent Okta breach to the Russian threats, organizations and individuals should be on the offense when securing their technology environment. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a Shields Up alert to warn American […]
Citing “evolving intelligence,” President Joe Biden has urged U.S. businesses to prepare for possible Russian cyberattacks and outlined security actions organizations should take immediately. “I have previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia […]
Following the recent spate of bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has announced affected HBCUs are eligible to apply for grant funds under the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program. Project SERV provides short-term immediate funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) […]