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.

7 Security Pro Tips for Dealing with Emotionally Confrontational Individuals

Security professionals often deal with emotionally confrontational colleagues from the same or other departments, vendors, and customers. These workers could be upset for a variety of reasons; some might be dealing with the worst days of their lives, while others are just projecting their pent-up anger onto others. Ways of dealing with emotionally confrontational individuals […]

Improving the Cybersecurity of Physical Security

Editor’s note: This checklist is a broader companion piece to a previous article, “How Government Organizations Can Protect Their Physical Security Systems from Cyber Risk.“ In many organizations, there has been a long-held perspective that IT and physical security are separate realms and their work and concerns do not intersect. However, in light of the […]

Tips for Improving Data Privacy, Security in the Remote Work Era

Employees have been working remotely (i.e., any place with an Internet connection) since at least the mid-2000s. The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in 2020, forced employers to permit employees with certain types of jobs (usually white-collar) to work remotely on at least a part-time basis. IT departments were overwhelmed by the pressing need to set […]

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 […]

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 […]