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August 2017 SM Online


To help houses of worship improve their security posture on a limited budget, the ASIS Cultural Properties Council created the Security Risk Analysis Guide specifically for religious institutions. The guide is designed to share a modified version of the Security Risk Analysis process so that house of worship leaders will be able to identify critical assets and assess threats and hazards. Council member Jim McGuffey, CPP, PCI, PSP, who was instrumental in the guide’s creation, sat down with Security Management to discuss how it can be used to protect houses of worship in a recent podcast.


Sexual harassment should be considered a workplace violence issue, and it is important that those in the security industry gain a greater awareness of the prevalence of this crime, the ASIS Crime and Loss Prevention Council states in the white paper, Sexual Victimization. 


A new approach to foreign embassy facility design aims to make the buildings more inviting and adaptable to unique geographic challenges, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. 


Global risk has entered into a new era, as people around the world face more political instability and more economic challenges, a new study finds. The Global Risks Report 2017​ is the 12th edition of a flagship reports issued annually by the World Economic Forum.


Eighty-eight percent of breaches analyzed in Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report fell into nine patterns. They are successful, in part, because many companies believe they won’t be targeted.​


A new report finds that 45 percent of agencies were targets of an insider threat in the past year. Learn more about embedded threats in Inside Job: The Sequel - The 2017 Federal Insider Threat Report​, produced by MeriTalk and underwritten by Symantec.


Government agencies will require contractors to comply with personal identity verification standards by December 31, 2017 or risk losing their contracts. SureID created a white paper to explain what that entails.


There were a reported 1,402 victims of religious hate crimes in 2015, and those crimes primarily targeted Jews, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Hate Crime Statistics 2016. Since early January 2017, more than 140 bomb threats have been phoned and emailed to 110 Jewish community institutions, including day schools, synagogues, and Jewish Community Centers, according to the Anti-Defamation League.


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued new advice ​for employers who conduct background checks on prospective employees. 


An employer can be sued for negligence by an employee who is injured on the job, even when the injuries are the result of a dispute that began outside the workplace, a Louisiana appellate court ruled.