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Tracking the Elements that Undermine Essential Work

The role of a security guard is frequently undermined by a variety of factors, including the absence of procedures, low morale, competing demands and contradictory expectations, and poor management, according to research from the International Foundation for Protection Officers.

Challenges in Higher Education Security: Open Environments

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.

Don't Play So Close to Me

Casinos and gaming facilities are increasingly relying on touchless methods to ensure guests can safely play, allowing them to scale their pandemic mitigation measures.

Giving Bystanders Options for Incident Intervention

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?

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Securing America’s National Pastime

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.

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Securing the Green Rush

The variability of security requirements in regulations makes cannabis industry security challenging—if not confusing—for entrepreneurs.

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No Clean Break for Brexit

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.

Layers of Defense in Depth

Layers of Defense in Depth

Any defense-in-depth program in the cannabis industry needs to ensure that appropriate types or levels of capable guardianship exist.

Mitigating Rising Risks for High-Rises

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.

Restarting an Economic Engine

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.

Q&A: Essential Takeaways from the 6 January Riot at the U.S. Capitol

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.

Road Traffic Fatality Rates Spike in 2020

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.

COVID-19 and Background Screening

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.

Rethinking Retail

As shopping habits evolve, are retailers ready to deal with shifting shrink and fraud trends both in-store and online?

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Safety on the Line

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.

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Comprehensive Care

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.

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How to Hire from a Distance

Emerging technology, changing client demands, and multigenerational staff management were already changing the hiring process for security staffing companies. Then COVID-19 came along.


How to Better Initiate a Lockdown

Jericho Union School District in Long Island, New York, adopts a solution by dormakaba to improve its security and enhance its lockdown process.

Four Travel Safety Tips for Minorities

Four Travel Safety Tips

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.

Is Iran Playing the Long Game?

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.

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How Calgary Upgraded Transit Surveillance

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.

Is Security Converging?

New research by the ASIS Foundation indicates that full convergence of physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity is not commonplace.

Converging Event Security

Between active assailant attacks and cyber threats, consumers are increasingly leery of attending large-scale events.

Shoplifting, Inc.

In recent studies, many retailers say risks like organized retail crime are now a higher priority.

A Security Revolution

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.

Retailers Prepare for Active Assailants

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.


Today in Security: Undersea Earthquake in Japan Echoes Memories of Nuclear Disaster

An undersea earthquake shook the Fukushima, Japan, region on Wednesday for more than two minutes, causing significant structural damage, the deaths of four people, and reminding many of the far more severe 2011 earthquake and massive tsunami, which killed more than 19,000 people and triggered a massive nuclear disaster in the same region.

Today in Security: Volcano Erupts on the Canary Islands

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.  

Today in Security: Road Deaths Still on the Rise in 2021

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. 

May 2021 Industry News

Learn about the latest projects, installations, mergers, acquisitions, and announcements from the security industry.

April 2021 Industry News

Learn about the latest projects, installations, mergers, acquisitions, and announcements from the security industry

Today in Security History: The Molly Maguires

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.

Today in Security: House Committee Releases Report on Boeing's 737 MAX

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).

Today in Security: Trump Orders More Federal Agents into Cities

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.

Today in Security: PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Deaths

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.

Today in Security History: Victory in Europe

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.

Today in Security: Porch Piracy

'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.