There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your business growing.
Check out the top news and headlines from the past month—including must-read details on preventing school shootings, keeping up with security trends and taking a 360-degree approach to office security.
New DHS: K-12 Guide for Preventing & Protecting Against Gun Violence
Via American Security Today. In the midst of an active shooter incident, you don’t have time to figure out what to do. It’s imperative that school staff have a reliable set of preventive and protective measures. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) has just released a new edition of “K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence.” The resource comes in two parts: a set of guidelines and best practices, and a survey for evaluating our facility.
Our Take: Every school should take advantage of this valuable resource. While no plan is foolproof, it’s critical that we make use of the collective knowledge we can gain from past school shootings. By learning from others’ first-hand insights and experience, we can do a better job of protecting our children in future scenarios. We recommend working with your community leaders, emergency management, first responders, etc. to develop a security committee to discuss these guidelines. Before you make any decisions or purchases, consult a qualified consultant who should perform a security vulnerability assessment, like Circadian Risk’s Vulnerability and Compliance Tool.
How to Stay Focused and Keep Ahead of a Business Tornado
Via Security Sales & Integration. The security industry is evolving at an increasing rate, with new attacks, technologies and business models. It can be overwhelming, and it’s unavoidable. Security professionals can either drive their business towards the changing conditions or run away from them. How you deal with the “business tornado” will determine the long-term health of your company.
Our Take: Many security consultants are slow to adapt new models and new technologies. More and more, that approach will place your security business at risk. Fortunately, technology is becoming easier to use, and many applications (like Circadian Risk assessment software) are easy to learn. This article gives sound advice for weathering the stormy changes, and adapting your business appropriately.
How Reliable Is Your Office Security System?
Via asmag.com. An office security system should do more than guarantee people’s safety. It also needs to manage risks and fraud, and protect property. That means you’ve got to do more than install a basic intrusion system—you need a comprehensive solution that integrates access control, video management and intelligent video analytics. This article helps you think through those issues.
Our Take: As we’ve said before, security is multi-dimensional. Just as physical security and cybersecurity overlap and intersect each other, protecting your facility involves much more than keeping the wrong people out of your building. There’s also personal data, intellectual property and more. If you’re not taking a 360-degree approach to your security system, you’re not providing meaningful protection.
5 Guidelines for IT Pros Evaluating and Selecting Physical Security Solutions
Via SecurityMagazine.com. IT and physical security are moving closer together. For IT staff who need to purchase physical security products, the selection process isn’t always straightforward. There are five key factors to consider when evaluating and choosing physical security products. This article walks you through those guidelines.
Our Take: Purchasing physical security products isn’t just about finding the best quality at the cheapest price. Because effective security is more than having the right equipment. Make sure you get the right solutions that fit your building’s needs—and that means understanding how your vulnerabilities and risks change throughout the day, month and year.
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