Tag: security industry

Congressional Action on School Security in Bipartisan Measure

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 Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y, last month, and other incidents this year. While there […]

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 […]

Smart Surveillance Cameras Bring Human Intelligence to the Workplace and Home

Historically, traditional cameras have only had video functionality, but did not have the capability to contextualize what they saw or recorded. That’s about to change. Computer vision (CV) uses artificial intelligence (AI) to convert video streams into meaningful information. Using technology to rethink a camera as an image sensor, backed by intelligence, is analogous to […]

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 […]

Zero-Trust Security Beyond Online Identities

It’s every working parent’s nightmare. You’re in a busy airport with your company laptop and a child who desperately needs a snack. You turn your head for just a minute to dig for a snack, but when you turn back, your laptop bag is gone. Luckily, you remember your recent cybersecurity training and call your […]

Faces of Security: Bobby Louissaint from Meta

Why would Bobby Louissaint, a busy security leader at a tech giant, feel the need to get personally involved in mentoring others and promoting diversity? “Well, number one, because I’m black,” he said. “People don’t realize how hard it is to be black in the security industry.” In Total Security Advisor‘s latest “Faces of Security” […]

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 […]