The modern technological era is one where organizations are continuously threatened by online hackers. These threat actors have become more intelligent, and by using a combination of new tools, old tricks, and perseverance, they remain adept at breaking through increasingly secure endpoints.
Relaxing properly is essential to maintaining your physical and mental health. (The Japanese actually have their own word, karōshi, to refer to death from overwork.) This is especially true for security professionals. Failure to relax can negatively impact the quality of your work; but learning not to think about work outside of working hours can, […]
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) agreed to pay $3 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and take substantial corrective action to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, HHS announced November 5.
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 […]
Armed security officers need initial and refresher training if they are going to carry or ever have to use a firearm on a client’s property. Because the liability for the negligent use of a firearm starts with their first day on the job, security firms need to ramp up their hiring practices.
Editor’s note: This article previously appeared in our sister publication, PSQH.com. There are multiple safety concerns in society today, and one unfortunate headline is the frequency of violence in healthcare settings. If you are a healthcare provider, it is safe to say that you have been or will be exposed to violence in the workplace, […]
One useful way to teach security staff to problem solve is to give them crime-prevention scenarios for specific issues related to the facility that either are or could be problematic to the safety of employees, guests, or visitors. Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) scenarios can provide dividends by offering site-specific training and nurturing […]
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in our sister publication, Patient Safety Monitor Journal. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IAHSS) in August 2017 released a report to address strategies to prevent workplace violence in healthcare. Those familiar with the healthcare industry won’t be surprised by its conclusion: Healthcare facilities need […]
Security officers are the “brand ambassadors” of any security guard company, since they visually represent the firm the entire time they are on post or at the client’s site. As such, they need occasional reminders about their visibility and accessibility to employees working at the client site who want information, access, support, and protection.
Just like “it’s not the money you make, but the money you keep,” it’s not just the security officers you hire but the ones who stay and who you want to stay. Hiring costs, even for entry-level security jobs, are always going to be high because of the screening processes, interviews, and early orientation and […]