Category: Facility Security

Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.

Congressional Action on School Security in Bipartisan Measure

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 Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y, last month, and other incidents this year. While there […]

How Government Organizations Can Protect Their Physical Security Systems from Cyber Risk

It might seem ironic that a physical security solution designed to protect people and property can provide an entry point for cybercriminals. However, because these systems—video surveillance, access control, alarms, communications, and more—are increasingly connected to networks and IT infrastructure, they can be quite vulnerable. Nearly every day brings the news of another data breach […]

Back to Basics: 5 Types of Uniform Styles for Security Professionals

Back to Basics is an article series highlighting important, but possibly overlooked, information that security professionals should know. Sporting a white short-sleeved shirt, a black tie, and a badge, mall security guard Paul Blart ended up being a hero in the 2009 movie thanks to his quick thinking and evasive actions. His uniform made him […]

How Hospitals Can Create Safer Environments for Patients, Staff, and Visitors

Step into any hospital or healthcare facility and you’ll be surrounded not only by clinical, administrative, and operational staff, but also by patients, visitors, and vendor representatives. With so many people traversing the hospital daily, protecting them can feel quite challenging. Until recently, almost anyone could enter a hospital with relative ease. Today, while many […]

Smart Surveillance Cameras Bring Human Intelligence to the Workplace and Home

Historically, traditional cameras have only had video functionality, but did not have the capability to contextualize what they saw or recorded. That’s about to change. Computer vision (CV) uses artificial intelligence (AI) to convert video streams into meaningful information. Using technology to rethink a camera as an image sensor, backed by intelligence, is analogous to […]

New Report Tackles Organized Retail Crime, a ‘Growing Threat’ in the U.S.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) have formed a partnership and published a report to help combat organized retail crime, the large-scale theft of retail merchandise with the intent to resell items for financial gain, which has become an increased threat to public safety and economy. In fact, […]

National Labs Create Tech to Help Speed Up Airport Security

Imagine moving through airport security without having to take off your shoes or belt or getting pulled aside while your flight boards—while keeping all the precautions that ensure the safety of passengers and flight crews. This is the challenge tackled by a team including researchers from Sandia National Laboratories—a challenge that led to development of […]

Security, Law Enforcement Leaders Comment on Texas School Shooting

On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Law enforcement, including nearby U.S. Border Patrol agents, ultimately killed the mass shooter. The Uvalde massacre marks the deadliest U.S. school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives […]

Ohio Awards $4.8M for School Security Upgrades

Nearly 100 Ohio schools have been awarded a total of $4.8 million in state grants to help them improve the overall safety and security of their buildings. According to an announcement from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, 98 K-12 schools in 27 counties will implement safety upgrades with funding from the state’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program. […]

How Poor Mental Health Can Lead to Bad Security Systems Management

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but a career in security requires a high level of mental focus and alertness all year long. Professionals who are in charge of managing surveillance and security systems bear a lot of responsibility. They are responsible for protecting the safety and security of people, places, and information from threats. […]