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.

New Jersey Passes Law Requiring ‘Age-Appropriate’ School Security Drills

On Jan. 10, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring school security drills in the Garden State to be “age-appropriate” and to prevent unnecessary traumatization of schoolchildren. Among other requirements, the new law prohibits the use of fake blood, real or prop firearms, or the simulations of gun shots or explosions in school security […]

How to Prevent Workplace Violence

In an increasingly dangerous world, the need for providing a safe workplace is even more important than in the past, whether that workplace is a healthcare facility, food service provider, lodging, retail, or something else. Jim Sawyer, Director of Security Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was recently a guest speaker for a webinar entitled “Hard […]

SIA Forecasts ‘Security Megatrends’ of 2022

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has identified and forecasted the 2022 Security Megatrends, which form the basis of SIA’s signature annual Security Megatrends report defining the top 10 factors influencing both short- and long-term change in the global security industry. SIA’s 2022 Security Megatrends were selected based on fall 2021 survey data gathered from hundreds of top security industry […]

NCS4, CISA Offer Best Practices for Touchless Security Screening at Public Venues

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), an academic center housed at the University of Southern Mississippi and partially underwritten by grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has announced the publication of the Public Venue Security Screening Guide – Touchless Screening Annex. Produced in […]

Security Pros Talk Top Trends at ISC East Tradeshow

Did you miss the recent ISC East tradeshow in New York City? If so, fear not—we’ve got you covered! Our team at Total Security Advisor walked the showroom floor, shook many sanitized hands, took notes, checked out the newest tech, and picked the brains of attendees about top industry trends. The main takeaway? The security […]

SIA Highlights What the New Infrastructure Law Means for Security Pros

On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bipartisan legislation, which Congress recently passed following months of negotiations, includes investments designed to help fix, modernize, and secure the country’s infrastructure. “Look folks, for too long, we’ve talked about having the best economy in the world,” said […]

The Ransomware Plague Continues, but the Response Model Is Changing

Ransomware is a term that has entered popular speech as it has echoed across the front pages of newspapers and the internet. While most people might not understand exactly how ransomware works, or how it might be launched by a “Zero Day” exploit, they understand it locks the holder out of computers that store highly […]

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Act into Law

On Oct. 8, President Joe Biden signed into law S.1917, the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation—authored by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee—aims to enhance cybersecurity assistance to K-12 educational institutions across the country.

Spear Phishing vs. Phishing: 7 Ways to Protect Your Organization

Phishing attacks have ramped up since the start of the pandemic with the majority of workforces transitioned to a remote setting. Spear phishing has particularly seen an increase and can be even more harmful due to its targeted approach. Hackers target and personalize messages to a specific individual, group, or organization in a spear phishing […]

CISA, NCSA Kick Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has kicked off the 18th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme for the month-long campaign is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will participate in a number of events, social media engagements, and other outreach to encourage […]