The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for physical and cybersecurity professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases in your state with our interactive map, updated daily by our sister publication, the EHS Daily Advisor—and read on for steps your organization can take to help limit its exposure to, and disruption […]
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.
In our highly digitized world, the potential for theft, fraud, and other crimes is often greater through a computer than it is in person. The amount of information and access controlled in the cyber realm, as well as the ability to strike anonymously from anywhere around the globe, means hacking, phishing, and other cybercrimes are […]
Recently, Justin Scace, Senior Editor for our sister publication the EHS Daily Advisor, spoke with a workplace violence prevention expert for an episode of the EHS on Tap podcast. In that conversation, Hector Alvarez, a Certified Threat Manager and President of Alvarez Associates, LLC, provided some deep insights into how you need to prepare your organization. […]
While workplace violence can happen in any industry or occupation, healthcare and social services workers face a high risk of job-related violence. Workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually over a 3-year period, and 70% to 74% of those occurred in healthcare and social services settings.
On April 10, 2017, a 53-year-old man walked into a special needs classroom in San Bernadino, California, pulled out a gun, and shot his estranged wife, 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith. Two children standing near Smith were also hit by gunfire; 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez died later at the hospital. The gunman then turned his gun on […]
Successful security practitioners, working as both in-house and on-site contractors, should see an important part of their role as to continuously educate their colleagues and clients on new security issues or updates, using a variety of formal and informal methods.
Whether it’s necessary to gain a promotion, maintain a security-related (and hard-earned) certification, finish a college or university degree program, or continue to demonstrate competence in their particular fields or industries, security professionals must go to live programs or take security education online courses on an ongoing basis.
The posted orders at a security officer’s position exist for a reason. Their existence provides rules, responses, and a formalized structure for the officer’s work shift. So why are posted orders so poorly written or not followed? What are the liability concerns if they aren’t followed? How can site security managers craft better orders?
As a security professional, you understand the complexity of defending your organization (or client’s organization) against any number of existing and potential threats. The exercise becomes Malthusian, however, when you’re forced to account for the security practices of every vendor in your organization’s supply chain. While basic strategies like regular anti-malware scans and limiting network […]
Workplace harassment is a pervasive issue that too often gets overlooked or simply dismissed by those with the authority to address issues before they escalate. Maybe employees on the receiving end of a workplace bully don’t feel comfortable reporting the incidents, or perhaps they don’t know what resources are available to them. Who should they […]