Category: Policies and Training

Your security initiatives are only as effective as the policies and training designed support them. Look here for advice on crafting strong cyber and physical security policies as well as best practices for communicating these policies through proper training.

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 […]

FTC Warns Congress About Use of AI to Combat ‘Online Harms’

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress warning about using artificial intelligence (AI) to combat online problems and urging policymakers to exercise “great caution” about relying on it as a policy solution. The FTC said the use of AI, particularly by big tech platforms and other companies, comes with limitations and problems of its own. […]

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 […]

Upselling Security: Why It’s Problematic

Editor’s note: The views expressed in the following op-ed are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Total Security Advisor. Earlier this month, over 26,000 infosecurity enthusiasts convened in San Francisco for a week of security-related product launches, trainings, expert presentations, and networking. Now in its 31st year, the annual RSA Conference […]

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 […]

DHS Expects ‘More Dynamic’ U.S. Threat Environment in Coming Months

In the wake of several high-profile violent attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued its latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States.  This is the sixth NTAS Bulletin issued by the agency since January 2021, and it replaces the current one that expired June 7. It outlines top threat factors […]

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, […]

How to Create an Unhackable Password

When it comes to passwords, it’s no surprise that a lot of people choose to use words that are easy to remember and important to them. Unfortunately, this means that cybercriminals may easily hack into their accounts. If you find yourself using the name of your pets or employers in your passwords, you have a […]

Infographic: 10 Stress-Busting Tips for Security Professionals

As we try to get back to normal after COVID-19, security professionals will experience even more stress with employees coming back to workplaces, increased burnout because of staff shortages as a result of the Great Resignation, shifting security priorities due to cyberattacks, less fully integrated in-person departments as more security professionals work in remote monitoring […]