The initial step in developing a balanced security program is engagement with users at all levels. This includes understanding the privacy concerns of residents, safety issues surrounding various modes of transport, and layered security controls of a multipurpose building.
As pandemic restrictions ease and calls continue to defund the police, security guard firms should understand their risks before taking on high-profile clients.
Casinos and gaming facilities are increasingly relying on touchless methods to ensure guests can safely play, allowing them to scale their pandemic mitigation measures.
Looking to improve its physical security systems and meet international regulations, power provider Hydro One shifted to an incident-based solution, combining previously disparate data points to make informed decisions.
Customers increasingly bristle against ongoing restrictions and mandates, leaving frontline employees at risk for pushback, harassment, and violence. Could trained bystanders’ intervention diffuse the situation?
The role of open-source intelligence (OSINT) within physical security management may be an overlooked aspect in the suite of conventional security practices.
Psychologically, executives will want to believe that things will go back to normal, but COVID-19 has changed that for the foreseeable future.
Baseball stadiums strive to adapt their security postures and work with their communities to keep fans, players, and others safe, even when it’s not game time.
The security team for the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, is learning outside of the classroom to make smarter moves thanks to new software.
The variability of security requirements in regulations makes cannabis industry security challenging—if not confusing—for entrepreneurs.
After a tumultuous four-year battle over Brexit, the UK and EU finally reached a trade agreement. But it leaves supply chains and workforce pools in uncharted territory.
Any defense-in-depth program in the cannabis industry needs to ensure that appropriate types or levels of capable guardianship exist.
Arming security officers creates opportunities for misuse of force, injuries, and even fatalities. By putting leaders at the forefront of training, organizations can improve threat awareness and proactively address risks.
A pilot program in Ogden, Utah, leverages license plate recognition software to help city police investigate a wide range of crime—from stolen vehicles to homicides.
The likely evolution of threats to high-rise buildings is expected to continue featuring active shooters and explosive devices, as well as the introduction of viral pathogens as weapons.
Although there have been only a handful of significant attacks against tall buildings throughout the past 60 years, each has had major impacts.
As security personnel are expected to stay responsive and nimble in the face of the unexpected, knowing how to de-escalate yourself is key.
Investing in expensive technology when it is not required can be a hard sell. So before you invest, carefully weigh the benefits and considerations of access control technology.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in California uses an aggression and gunshot detection platform to deescalate signs of aggression.
Along with investigating fine art thefts, the FBI Art Crime Team also works with partners around the globe to track down and return antiquities to their rightful homes.
The differences between training and learning will require a major shift in preparation and standards for armed security officers.
Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues its third wave in the United States, the Las Vegas casino and gaming industry works to reopen responsibly, keeping in mind its duties to guests and employees, as well as its status as an economic engine for the state of Nevada.
As U.S. federal law enforcement agencies warn of a potential wave of armed protests across the United States in the coming week, members of the ASIS International Extremism and Political Instability Community share lessons learned, analysis, and preparedness advice for the days ahead.
Exclusive traveler membership program Privium updates its iris scanners for a faster and more hygienic approach to security screening.
Hardening is an offensive security measure; it stops the fight before it starts.
Do background checks provide a false sense of security? Lapses and loopholes in screening procedures have a history of coming back to haunt organizations.
Despite quarantines, stay-at-home orders, and a 17 percent drop in the number of miles driven between January and June 2020, the United States saw a 20 percent jump in motor vehicle deaths in the first half of 2020, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council.
For a few fortunate companies, the coronavirus pandemic has spiked demand for their goods and services. The urgency of getting more people on the job—paired with the delay in getting background information from courts and other institutions—has put some organizations in a bind.
First responders put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others. They face contact with bloodborne pathogens, opioids, and infectious diseases, as well as chemical or environmental factors.
NIST researchers put facial recognition software to the test and found that face masks seriously stymie accuracy rates of pre-pandemic algorithms.
As shopping habits evolve, are retailers ready to deal with shifting shrink and fraud trends both in-store and online?
Thousands of people visit Machu Picchu each year, posing a security and preservation risk to the UNESCO world heritage site.
Peter Park picked a premium platform for managing surveillance of multiple parking facilities throughout Germany.
In the absence of formal regulation, duty of care for remote pipeline workers in the United States falls largely to employers. Marathon Pipe Line turns that responsibility into a company culture.
A California law firm specializing in representing underage victims of abuse partnered with a security management service to address the unique risks that its practice faces every day.
The world is entering a decade of rage, unrest, and shifting geopolitical sands. Security leaders need to understand the factors behind mass protests to accurately predict them and mitigate their effects.
Emerging technology, changing client demands, and multigenerational staff management were already changing the hiring process for security staffing companies. Then COVID-19 came along.
Jericho Union School District in Long Island, New York, adopts a solution by dormakaba to improve its security and enhance its lockdown process.
With more than 90 branches across four states, City National Bank relies on a centralized video and surveillance management system to mitigate loss and investigate fraud.
The intent of Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques, Fourth Edition, is to make the reader more proficient in the interview process, and this book hits the mark.
From identifying needed competencies to choosing content delivery methods to hiring trainers with adult learning expertise--here is a step-by-step guide for a guard training program.
Yale University adopts a business intelligence solution from AMAG to provide greater insight into campus activity and access to sensitive areas.
After interviewing security officers, managers, and trainers, eight recommendations for developing more effective guard training programs emerged.
Security leaders have a chance to use previous rare tragedies—such as terrorist events or natural disasters—as a catalyst to improve their organization’s resilience.
There is no one perfect business case for all new security projects. Finding the best approach requires a shift in perspective and the right supporting evidence.
New Jersey healthcare facilities upped their security presence with support from professional private security, bringing in an outside firm that made security a core competency.
When traveling to another country or region, business travelers can suddenly find themselves in the minority. Here are four things to keep in mind to minimize travelers’ personal risk and increase operational security while abroad.
Norman Public School District adopted a mobile application to reduce emergency response times for incidents on campus.
As employees take advantage of business travel to venture out on leisure time, organizations debate what services to provide.
More than 30,000 kidnappings occur globally, and business travelers are prime targets.
After the United States killed a key Iranian leader, Iran retaliated with its own strike. But some say more retaliation may be in store, so experts are advocating for heightened security.
Seemingly small aspects of a security operation, such as the body language of officers and the color of uniforms, can trigger judgments that persist.
Calgary’s evolving surveillance system is a unified security platform that merges IP security systems into one interface, offering security operators more detailed information from high-definition cameras.
Fatal occupational injuries climbed 2 percent from 2017, with 40 percent of workplace deaths relating to transportation.
Modern access control systems could be targeted by malicious actors to infiltrate corporate networks.
Make sure your organization is ready for fire and life safety (FLS) events with the four central requirements for any FLS program.
Anaheim Union High School District adopts a camera system to capture campus activity.
At the University of California San Diego's hospitals in La Jolla and Hillcrest, nursing and facility staff use an adjusted medical records software program to warn other staff about potentially volatile patients.
Lebanon, Chile, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Colombia are just a few of the many countries thrown into tumult recently by civil unrest, and these situations have many ramifications for security professionals.
As commercial drone uses and threats multiply, risk assessment and mitigation depend on fast, accurate detection.
Modern lobbies prioritize traffic flow, address operational problems, enhance security, and provide a more contemporary appearance.
In the real world, contract security officers don’t always arrive task-ready. So some proactive managers are training on the fly to best utilize their outsourced guard force.
The National Law Enforcement Museum installed a revolving door solution that was aesthetically pleasing and operationally functional.
The size, scope, and frequency of recent natural disasters are pushing U.S. agencies to reevaluate their mass care preparedness.
New research by the ASIS Foundation indicates that full convergence of physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity is not commonplace.
How do you protect a soft target—a restaurant, a museum, a park, or a city street—without taking away from its beauty, cultural value, or intended use?
As active assailants modify their tactics, security professionals need to modify theirs. Consider these five ideas when changing policy, training, and advancing the security mindset.
Washington’s second and newest public commercial air terminal uses an exit lane control corridor built by dormakaba to daily prevent people from breaching airport security.
Although the Transportation Security Administration is regularly testing new security systems, they are not regularly sharing findings with mass transit operators.
A new visitor management system at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County regularly assesses strangers and frequent visitors alike.
Between active assailant attacks and cyber threats, consumers are increasingly leery of attending large-scale events.
At the Port of Montreal, using safety to communicate security enabled more enthusiastic adoption of access and identity management programs.
A new study compares the results of traditional lockdown methods with multi-option responses in active assailant situations.
Some experts say that the U.S. government is not maintaining pipeline security standards.
Capable of creating incident reports and heat maps, the Detroit Institute of Arts museum is analyzing how visitors interact with the art and how to better protect it.
In recent studies, many retailers say risks like organized retail crime are now a higher priority.
Recognizing a growing threat, security professionals at Mastercard's European headquarters enhance their campus's perimeter protection.
Volkswagen adopts a drone detection solution to protect prototype vehicles.
More than 70 percent of U.S. drivers take photos or videos when they encounter an emergency vehicle responding to an incident.
A $500 million renovation is set to revitalize Chicago’s Willis Tower as a tourist destination and retail hub, protected by a world-class security program.
After a 2015 shooting, the Dallas Police Department knew it needed to enhance its lobby security to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.
After the 2007 Trolley Square Mall shooting, retailers planted the seed for DHS’s active shooter preparedness tools. Now, they strive for a more tailored approach to emergency management.
As a volcano on one of the Spanish Canary Islands has its first major eruption in 50 years, spewing a steady stream of lava, roughly 6,000 residents evacuate the island and emergency workers continue to try to divert the lava’s flow from reaching the ocean and destroying more of the island.
The agency announced it will develop rules for U.S. employers in an effort to mitigate the potential hazards of hot working conditions.
Security personnel are on alert and warning of the potential for violence ahead of a rally on Saturday to support people involved in the 6 January riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The International Criminal Court approved opening an investigation into crimes that may have been committed in the Philippines during its drug war, as allegations arise of thousands of civilian murders under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that led to a turning point in the security profession and the beginning of America's longest war in Afghanistan.
Although 2020 already saw an increase in motor vehicle deaths, the first half of 2021 hosts an even higher number of fatalities as more people return to regular driving, according to a preliminary report from the National Safety Council.
A man thought to be inspired by ISIS stabbed six people in an Auckland, New Zealand, grocery store before being shot and killed by a police surveillance team.
The FBI received reports of more than 10,000 offenses that were motivated by bias against race, gender, sexuality, religion, or disability in 2020, and the number of crimes against Asian and Black Americans surged 70 and 40 percent, respectively.
Two out of five generators at a Thibodaux Regional Health Systems hospital failed during the power outage, and hospital staff were forced to move patients—including critical care COVID-19 patients—down stairwells to functional areas of the hospital.
Because so many officers were pressing their panic buttons, their colleagues couldn’t respond to all calls and had to prioritize, one law enforcement official told the Associated Press.
The U.S. military completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on 31 August, marking the end of America’s longest war and a new era for the nation now under Taliban control.
The latest surge of wildfires pushing through parts of Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey are now threatening areas near Greece’s capital. Residents of both Athens and the nearby island of Evia were forced to flee from the flames.
Four suspects were arrested on weapons and drug charges this weekend at a hotel one block from the Denver stadium hosting the Major Leagues Baseball All-Star Game.
Learn about the latest projects, installations, mergers, acquisitions, and announcements from the security industry.
While 14 U.S. government agencies use non-federal facial recognition systems to support criminal investigations, only one agency reported awareness of which non-federal systems are used by employees.
There is never a slow week in security. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major stories we’re following into the weekend.
An independent public inquiry into the mass attack at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, concluded this week that there were “serious shortcomings” in security that enabled a suicide bomber to carry out his attack.
A court fined Ikea France and gave a suspended sentence to the company’s former top executive resulting from a decade-old case of intensively investigating employees, unions, and customers.
The Senate report found that the USCP and federal authorities, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice, failed to communicate potential threats, leaving USCP officers unprepared and lacking much-needed support during the 6 January attack on the Capitol.
On 10 June 1917, the first U.S. signals intelligence agency was formed and dubbed MI-8. Their mission: to decode military communications and create codes for the U.S. military to use.
Despite a patchwork of quick-changing, country-by-country restrictions, pent-up demand shows leisure travel is poised for recovery while business travel plans continue to lag.
The incident late last month in South Africa was captured by a dashcam and illustrates the danger that private security personnel face.
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A gunman opened fire at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday night, killing eight people and injuring five others. Authorities said they believe the suspect shot himself and died at the scene.
Like his predecessor Allan Pinkerton and his successor at the Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, William J. Burns was a master of self-promotion. He had an instinct for publicity that magnified the major cases he investigated.
A train derailed in Taiwan early Friday morning, killing at least 50 people and injuring 150 others in one of the worst disasters in the country in decades.
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Mass kidnappings have skyrocketed in Nigeria, with victims primarily abducted from schools to pressure entire communities to pay ransoms. This new model is highly lucrative for attackers and risks devaluing each abductee's life.
“The pandemic has been especially hard on women and girls. This is the most discriminatory crisis we have ever experienced,” says Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Up to 150,000 security cameras installed in schools, hospitals, factories, and businesses were compromised, giving outsiders access to video from Tesla factories, prisons, psychiatric hospitals, and more.
Spurred on by the desire to ensure resumption of safe travel, the development of vaccine passports presents wider possible uses and numerous complications.
The United States is again facing a shortage of authentic medical grade masks for hospitals, while fraudulent masks seep into the market and U.S. producers deal with lingering stockpiles.
More than 1,600 public water systems or wastewater treatments systems in the United States are exempt from regulations that would require them to implement certain security measures, posing potential risks, a watchdog report finds.
Armed protests are being planned at all 50 U.S. state capitols and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., through at least inauguration day on 20 January, according to an internal FBI bulletin.
Typically in Today in Security, we focus on one topic and provide additional analysis for our security practitioner audience. But this week has been anything but typical, so we decided to put together a rundown of stories we’ve been following throughout the week and that you might have missed.
“They should have been able to deal with this, but I think it boils down to ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail,'" says Martin Herman, president and CEO of Special Response Corporation.
The sixth edition of Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention draws on the expertise of more than 25 contributors to survey the security field.
Drones must broadcast identification information and meet regulations in order to fly over people.
U.S. Air Force demonstrates quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles—robot dogs—to be deployed in a security function at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
Drugmakers are in a rush to the finish line as two companies announced early results from COVID-19 vaccine tests so far this month.
Violence escalated sharply yesterday in Nigeria after protesters were reportedly shot by members of the Nigerian army in Lekki, a suburb of Lagos. Witnesses told the BBC that 12 people had been killed.
Throughout the 1860s and 70s, Pennsylvania and West Virginia coalmines were terrorized by a series of violent assaults, arsons, and murders, blamed on a secret society of Irish immigrants called the Molly Maguires.
In 1910, dynamite planted outside the Los Angeles Times building sparked a natural gas explosion that killed 21, injured scores, and set the U.S. labor union movement back years.
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee determined that the two Boeing 737 Max plane crashes were the “horrific” result of flawed technical assumptions, “a lack of transparency” from the company’s leadership, and insufficient oversight by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Hurricane Sally has made landfall and is crawling along the northeast at less than 5 miles per hour, dumping up to 30 inches of rain in certain places on its way.
The Christiana Riot of 1851 pitted abolitionists and African Americans against a posse of slave hunters, further polarizing the national debate over slavery and the role of security forces.
Mass murderer and white supremacist Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for killing 51 people and injuring dozens more when he shot at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In response to the growing threat of violent reactions to retail workers’ requests for customers to follow pandemic rules, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance for retail employees and businesses on how to mitigate their workplace violence risk while preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Four U.S. government agencies issued a guidance document designed to help public and private entities navigate the legal space of detecting and mitigating security threats posed by drones.
Lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm sparked several new small blazes in northern California and stoked a huge blaze that threatens more than 4,500 buildings in the area around the Angeles National Forest.
Death tolls from COVID-19 in the United States have reached a record high since mid-May, according to new data.
Local leaders and school administrators struggle to understand how to best keep students and staff safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
U.S. President Donald Trump and the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that federal law enforcement agents will be sent to more cities, including Chicago and Albuquerque. The cities' leaders are at least skeptical, if not flat-out opposed, to the decision.
On 16 June, Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire. The plea deal means a $3.5 million fine but no jail time for executives of California's largest utility provider.
Use of federal force without an invitation from state governors would likely require invocation of the Insurrection Act of 1807.
Protests over the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans escalated sharply this weekend as curfews imposed in nearly 40 cities were largely ignored, leading to tension and clashes with law enforcement.
Tropical Storm Cristobal is the third named Atlantic storm of 2020, popping up only three days into this year's hurricane season.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow private businesses to deny people entry if they are not wearing facial coverings or masks.
Minneapolis deals with violent protests erupting in response to the death of George Floyd.
Civil unrest and defiance of stay home orders are spreading in the United States as the response to the coronavirus becomes increasingly politicized across the nation.
To bring order to chaos in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, put the focus where it is need most: the staff and people affected.
Male security guards working in the United Kingdom are at significant risk of dying from COVID-19, according to the U.K. Office for National Statistics (ONS).
On 7 May 1945, celebrations have begun throughout Europe. Years earlier, however, the race to collect intelligence had begun—coupled with counterintelligence measures—key determinants in deciding who would win World War II.
In a Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, officer was shot and killed after barring a customer who was not wearing a face covering as mandated by the state’s governor.
The National Safety Council announced the creation of a task force this week to provide best practices for employee safety and returning to work amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
As hurricane season nears and severe weather looms, authorities are grappling with the realities of responding to a natural disaster mid-pandemic.
The quake was strong and widely felt, but given its distance from population centers, no casualties or major damage has been reported so far.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 to close out a week where the number of confirmed cases has risen drastically worldwide, placing increasing pressure on leaders to take action to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
After initially denying involvement in the attacks, an Australian white supremacist pleaded guilty to killing 51 attendants at two New Zealand mosques in 2019.
Technology components manufacturers are primary targets for warranty fraud, but new data-crunching technology may be able to help.
Little remains unknown after an employee walked onto the Molson Coors campus on Wednesday afternoon and began shooting, killing five coworkers before killing himself.
A Kansas City firm is touting its sensor-filled AI security robot—"We find ourselves constantly humanizing him," says the company’s VP.
Thousands of people from all over the world are headed to Miami this weekend for Super Bowl LIV to watch the Kansas City Chiefs battle the San Francisco 49ers on the field.
Kenya is suffering its worst desert locust infestation in 70 years, and the swarms are threatening to spread further into East Africa and threaten the region's food security.
Dozens of people treated for skin irritation after passenger plane dumped fuel to reduce landing weight.
Early reports indicated no U.S. casualties in the strikes, which were in retaliation for the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
New York announces $45 million grant program for security at religious schools and institutions after rash of anti-Semitic attacks.
In response to catastrophic, ongoing bushfires, 3,000 reservists have been called up to assist in firefighting and evacuations in Australia—the largest military deployment on the continent since World War II.
The United States confirmed it launched a drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.
A new report calls for immediate aid to improve security and prevent future attacks at houses of worship and faith-based communities.
The internationalization of far-right threats and tension between the Persian Gulf countries rank as the top two security risks for companies in 2020, according to a new risk forecast.
'Tis the season for holiday shopping and thieves snooping around your doorstep. With U.S. consumers expected to spend about $136 billion in online purchases between 1 November and 31 December, a 13 percent increase from what was spent during that same period in 2018, package thefts are on our minds as over 30 percent of shoppers have reported a theft happening within the past year.
Protests against a citizenship law turned violent this weekend in India as police used force inside two university campuses, injuring more than 100 students.
Retailers continue to face serious challenges from organized retail crime, which averaged more than $700,000 per $1 billion in sales in 2019, a new survey found.
Two attackers who killed four in a New Jersey shootout seemed to be targeting the kosher market where the violence took place.
In new Hong Kong developments, Taiwan stands ready to assist those who want to leave Hong Kong and two homemade bombs with significant explosive capacity were found.
Officials are treating the shooting, which left three dead and eight wounded, as an act of terrorism and are investigating whether the gunman was working as part of a larger network.
Uber released its first U.S. safety report this week—the only report of its kind for the rideshare industry, examining incidents of sexual assault, physical assault/murder, and motor vehicle fatalities in 2017 and 2018.
Tens of thousands of people protesting in Paris and other French cities led to a shut down of the Eiffel Tower and the country's high-speed train system, as well as clashes with police.
Death toll estimates for recent protests range from roughly 200 to more than 400, making it the country’s deadliest unrest in 40 years.
Days after large-scale protests, the French government unveiled a multimillion euro plan to address domestic violence, including electronic tracking bracelets for abusers and prevention programs in schools.
A new study of the U.S. private security services market predicts continued growth in overall guarding revenue for the next few years.
International universities are recalling exchange students as Hong Kong protests escalate on college campuses.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation released the Lone Offender Terrorism Report, looking at the people and events surrounding the 52 attacks that have occurred since 1972.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a new plan to reduce gun violence and enforce existing federal firearms laws across the country.
Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble, and concerned others with their behavior—but that behavior was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study.
With the homicide rate continuing to rise in Washington, D.C., officials are implementing a 70 percent increase in the surveillance camera program.