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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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).  This alarming trend is manifesting on college campuses and around the world., 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?
Small or Large, Any Company Can Adopt These Traits
Small businesses are amazing organizations, truly the backbone of a healthy US economy. In 2016 there were 30.7 million small businesses in the US comprising 99.9% of all firms, 33.3% of known export value, and 40.7% of private-sector payroll. In addition to this solid economic data, small businesses often promise remarkable intangible qualities: Innovation, customer centricity, quality, expertise, and flexibility, to name a few.
Qualities such as these are not exclusively or automatically endowed upon the small. They belong to the bold, a characteristic of the large and small alike, and a driver of upward mobility. (more…)