Four Questions to Take the Scare Out of Business Fire Safety

Four Questions to Take the Scare Out of Business Fire Safety

October may be the time for candy and costumes but for businesses, it’s also Fire Safety Month! Every organization must take the threat of fire seriously, especially since studies show over 40% of businesses never recover after a disaster. Here are a few questions many owners may have about prevention and alarm monitoring when considering protecting their employees and assets from fire. (more…)

Protecting Your Work-From-Home Devices and Home Networks from Cyber Threats

Protecting Your Work-From-Home Devices and Home Networks from Cyber Threats

As COVID-19 continues to change our world, the threat from the virus extends far beyond the potentially deadly health impacts. As the workforce shifted to a work-from-home model, many businesses were not prepared. Lack of WFH policies, VPN connections, and a lax “bring your own device” approach have made businesses and their employees prey to malware, phishing, and numerous other virtual threats.

The good news is that there are steps that companies and workers can take to secure their information. The following suggestions can help keep your employees, their devices and both business and personal data secure while working from home. (more…)

Modernizing Electronic Security Infrastructure

Modernizing Electronic Security Infrastructure

The world is changing rapidly. Companies spend thousands, if not millions, of dollars on electronic security infrastructure and monitoring equipment only to find that updates and integrations are tedious and costly. In the worst-case scenario, systems can even become obsolete, which leaves businesses with burdensome equipment and unusable software. More commonly, organizations have numerous, disparate systems that operate independently of one another, which increases the risk of missed opportunities for security interventions. (more…)

Six Alarm Monitoring Best Practices for Effective Campus Security

Six Alarm Monitoring Best Practices for Effective Campus Security

As the head of security at a K-12 school or college, you’ve been tasked by the principal, college president, or school board to create the safest possible campus for faculty and students alike. To fully protect students, teachers, and staff, you need to be well-versed in the latest and most effective campus security technologies. Here are six best practices to follow when setting up alarm monitoring systems, video surveillance, access control, and other crucial elements of your campus security. (more…)

Six Ways To Combat COVID-19’s Effects on Cybersecurity

Six Ways To Combat COVID-19’s Effects on Cybersecurity

The security industry has been forced by COVID-19 and the subsequent social distancing guidelines and regulations to reimagine its practices. Changes to the nature of work have created new vulnerabilities and worsened existing ones. Fortunately, most of these issues can be addressed effectively with minor modifications to tried and tested security practices. (more…)

Using Crime Statistics to Improve Surveillance Practices

Using Crime Statistics to Improve Surveillance Practices

Crime Trends and Surveillance – A Way Forward?

Although violent crime and property crime rates continue to decline, falling more than 50% since the early 90s, other serious crimes like assault and rape are climbing (Fig. 1,2). [1] This alarming trend is manifesting on college campuses and around the world.[2],[3] The question for us in the security and safety industry is: what can we do to help organizations prevent these crimes using surveillance practices and begin to reverse this trend?

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