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.

Workplace Homicides Peaked in 1994, Report Shows

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced the release of a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the BJS, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) titled “Indicators of Workplace Violence, 2019” (NCJ 250748; NIOSH 2022-124). According to the report, workplace homicides […]

Ohio Awards $47M for School Security Upgrades

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced more than 1,000 K-12 schools across Ohio will receive state assistance to pay for security upgrades that enhance the safety of students and staff. While speaking at the Ohio School Safety Summit on Aug. 2, DeWine said 1,183 schools in 81 counties will receive nearly $47 million in grant funding as […]

Safety Advocates Issue Call for Schools to Install Inside-Locking Doors

In the wake of the Uvalde school shooting tragedy, the Door and Hardware Institute, in conjunction with the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF), released the following joint statement: On July 12, NBC News published an article highlighting a basic security feature that is lacking in more than a quarter of all schools across the country—classroom doors […]

Supply Chain Blind Spots Expose New Energy Industry Cybersecurity Risks

Energy is one of the top three industries reporting cyberattacks, and it faces specific challenges. Companies in the sector have been tackling IT security for several decades. But securing operational technology (OT)—the computing and communications systems that manage, monitor, and control industrial operations—has become a more recent and increasingly urgent challenge for the sector. As […]

Relevance: The Watchword for Security Intelligence

The intelligence industry, like so many industries, has had to evolve in response to today’s hyper-connected world. Intelligence has long played an important role in helping organizations manage risk. But there is an evolution in the value placed on intelligence beyond risk management. In this fast-moving and often unpredictable world, intelligence is not only growing […]

Feds Warn U.S. Health Sector About North Korean Ransomware Attacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) that provides information on Maui ransomware, which has been used by North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors since at least May 2021 to target Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector organizations. The […]

Invention Competition Gets Students’ Take on Preventing Targeted Violence, Terrorism

On June 21 and June 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), in collaboration with EdVenture Partners and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, hosted the finalists for Invent2Prevent, a program that empowers university and high school students to develop innovative projects that help prevent targeted violence and terrorism. American University and Marysville High […]

Key Factors Boosting the Physical Security Market

The rising prevalence of global risk factors, from industrial vulnerabilities to terrorist threats, will position physical security as a primary pillar for safety in the current era. According to estimates from Global Market Insights Inc., the physical security market is poised to cross $150 billion by 2027. Businesses operating in the modern industrial landscape encounter […]

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 […]

Preventing Workplace Violence Through Situational Awareness

“What can we do?” This is among the most common questions I get after a major incident of violence. It’s not uncommon for there to be a heightened interest for a while, then things go back to “normal.” However, things feel different this time. As I’m writing this article, the news playing in the background […]