Archives: 'Business Risk Planning'

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2018, 11:31 am

Armed Security Officers Should Be Considered for Schools

Writing on the Security blog, Tony Brownyard notes that school administrators may be feeling frustrated over difficulties they’re having in finding insurance for armed security officers in their school(s). One course Brownyard urges is hiring an off-duty or former law enforcement officer for security in a school setting. “Because law enforcement personnel receive extensive screening […]

Doug Bedell — October 12, 2018, 2:44 pm

Though Not a Firefighter, You May Have Had Stressful Security Experiences Too

Not everyone in the security realm has had the high-stress experiences of firefighters. Yet, responsibility for the security of any facility along with a couple of breaches can produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The In Public Safety blog discusses post-traumatic stress as experienced by firefighters. It’s worth some of your time at least to become […]

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2018, 4:16 pm

Employees Can Be Their Own Worst Security Risks

With our workplaces becoming increasingly digital, the challenge of keeping them secure arises. Why? Security magazine explains that, in a survey, “digitally savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with data and information security.” What’s familiar doesn’t necessarily need to be protected, seemed to be the surprising reality. “Ironically, digital-savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with […]

Doug Bedell — October 3, 2018, 10:50 am

October: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Department of Homeland Security. In an interview with The Washington Post, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielson discusses such timely topics as the efforts to secure U.S. election systems and to combat other threats in cyberspace. Get caught up with federal concerns and actions in these areas […]

Doug Bedell — September 21, 2018, 3:04 pm

‘Soft’ Communication Skills Seen Lacking In Police Training

What an oversight! With all the adverse attention that police-community relations have been generating, you’d think that police training in the “soft” people skills of interpersonal communication would be high on the security agenda. Not so, advises the In Public Safety site. “Unfortunately, soft skills are largely lacking and overlooked within the criminal justice profession, […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2018, 3:08 pm

When Courtesy Conflicts With Security, and Doors Lose Out

A Security Magazine blog makes the appropriate point that “Not every incident of unauthorized access is a criminal break-in – some of the most common types spring from common courtesy, like holding the door for a colleague.” Holding a door open? Yes, it’s called tailgating and occurs “when one or more people follow an authorized […]

Doug Bedell — September 7, 2018, 5:55 pm

HP Holds ‘Tech Days’ to Promote PRINTER Security

Yes, desktop printers, too, can be a security risk. Security Weekly notes that Hewlett Packard is concerned enough about the possibility that it held an “HP Print Security ‘Tech Day’” event at its Palo Alto, CA, headquarters last year. “This event,” Security Weekly advises, “was the precursor to a major marketing campaign for HP to […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2018, 2:12 pm

DHS Secretary Nielsen: “17 Years After 9/11, the Threat Horizon Darkens”

We are approaching the 17th possibly fateful anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Fateful because as Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen notes in a September 5th address, “We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape. We can see the winds blowing and hear the thunder drawing closer once again.” She calls for a “Resilience […]

Doug Bedell — September 4, 2018, 10:56 am

No Small Matter: Insuring Against Unauthorized Intrusions

Consider the ways unauthorized intrusions can occur in your business or workplace. That’s the advice of Security InfoWatch in recommending how to prevent dire intrusions. It’s not just having a lock on the door. “Unregulated businesses are also feeling an urgency to control access to their facilities, not only to protect the physical safety and […]

Doug Bedell — August 24, 2018, 2:34 pm

School Security Strategies Are Front and Center Again

School’s been out and is in again, and there is, sadly, the continuing question of school security. Security InfoWatch discusses how fear is affecting the stakeholder groups in schools everywhere, with no assured solutions in sight. “Heated discussions involving topics ranging from the installation of metal detectors and the need to improve mental health services […]