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Is There a Value to Professional Security Certifications?

The security world is full of professional certifications, ranging from the plethora of initials offered by ASIS, to homeland security designations, to a fraud examiner’s certification, to others related to crisis management, threat management, and even critical incident stress. Do the examination costs, recertification fees and costs, and study time make sense for security professionals […]

The Challenge of New Federal OSHA Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created new guidelines for workplace violence prevention, measurement, and response. Its purpose is to help organizations address when a workplace violence perpetrator violates OSHA’s well-known General Duty Clause (GDC), which says employees must protect their employees from all types of physical harm.

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Employee Handbooks: The Vital Link in a Cybersecurity Chain

When it comes to cybersecurity, two factors are coming together in a worrying way. One lurks in the results of a survey, conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel, that shows employee error is the leading cause of data breaches. The other was revealed in research carried out by CompTIA, which discovered that almost half […]

Ohio School District Allows Teachers, Staff to Be Armed

In what is a growing trend in some school districts across the United States, the school board for the Georgetown Village School District in Georgetown, Ohio, voted to allow its teachers and staff to be armed at work. All staff members who want to participate in this program will go through a 3-day firearms certification […]

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Fire Prevention and Fire Protection Go Hand in Hand

In addition to the safety of occupants with business continuity an ever increasing issue, protection from fire is an integral aspect in reducing downtime at any facility. An understanding of why you need both fire prevention and fire protection can reduce hazards and maintain safety.

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Evacuation Route Maps: Are They a Requirement?

Security professionals looking to improve their workplaces’ emergency preparedness plans may have noticed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strongly suggests the use of evacuation route maps—but there doesn’t seem to be a specific requirement. However, the lack of a clear requirement does not diminish the value of these materials to your emergency […]

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5 Physical Security Controls Your Business Needs

Most conversations about cybersecurity focus entirely on the digital realm. That makes sense. Most cyberattacks are carried out through the Internet. At the same time, neglecting physical security is something you do at your own risk. The most ironclad firewall in the world means little if anyone can simply walk into your server room.

Fake Cameras Can Mean Liability

Although it may sound counterintuitive, the only thing worse from a liability standpoint than no security cameras at a site are fake cameras in their place. Business owners or facility managers may not understand the inherent liability dangers of installing fake cameras in the hopes of saving money and not having to monitor or record […]