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Starting Your Security Consulting Practice

Many security practitioners leaving military or government service and retiring federal, state, and local law enforcement officers feel the desire to start their own security consulting companies using the skills they’ve developed over their long careers. But they often find that what worked well for them in the bureaucratic structure of their past work environments […]

Verbal Judo Techniques for Security Officers

The “tactical communications” concept known as Verbal Judo was created by the late George Thompson PhD, the founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, and the author of the 1993 book Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion. His techniques for high-risk conversations when people are angry have been taught to police officers, military members, and […]

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We’ve Updated the Legend for Our Interactive Map of COVID-19 Cases

The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for security professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases in your state with our recently updated interactive map, updated twice a week by our sister publication, the EHS Daily Advisor—read on for how this map has evolved over the past year, plus additional resources […]

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Better Call Saul’s Glorious Total Security Moment

The fourth-season premiere of Better Call Saul landed on August 6, and it was every bit as entertaining and brilliant as fans have come to expect. But it also included a detailed, accurate, and dryly hilarious scene wherein a main character takes stock of a large corporation’s major security failings.

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Three Things You Should Know If Your Organization Suffers a Data Breach

A data breach poses a severe threat to any company, whether it’s still developing or fairly established in the industry. Anyone can be the target of hackers—especially those companies who don’t take the necessary measures to protect their assets. Unfortunately, you can’t unscramble an egg: once a data breach happens, your company is compromised. However, […]

Does ‘See Something, Say Something’ Really Work?

Right after the events of 9/11, the U.S. government began asking its citizens to help in the War on Terrorism by following a security mantra that is well-known today: “If You See Something, Say Something.” This advisory is designed to assist and support local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities by serving as extra sets […]

Training Security Staff to Deal with Difficult People

Security officers and receptionists are on the front lines of most client, visitor, vendor, or customer-contact interactions. Most people are cooperative when it comes to showing their identification (ID), signing visitor logs, or waiting for escorts. A small percentage of people can be impatient, manipulative, obnoxious, and even threatening. It can help to provide so-called […]

Do Your Security Officers Need Tasers?

The company formerly known as TASER and now known as Axon has created the market standard for what are formally called conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) or electronic control devices (ECDs). Axon says that over two-thirds of law enforcement officers around the United States carry its device. While Axon sells TASERS to the public, the market […]