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Restructuring School Security Planning and Awareness

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were typically very regimented about the main entrance security of their buildings. Security assessments conducted during the pandemic, by contrast, illustrated a very relaxed main entrance security posture.

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Cloud in the Crosshairs

Organizations are increasingly embracing opportunities to leverage the cloud, which can create security risks if vulnerabilities are left unaddressed.

The Tao of Taleb: Learning from COVID-19

As COVID-19 approaches its two-year anniversary, security and risk management professionals would be wise to reflect on past failures in hopes of making our society antifragile to future global calamities.

Research Review: Quality of Work Life for Bank Guards

Researchers conducted a case study in 43 bank branches in the Brazilian city of Campos dos Goytacazes to determine the most important aspects of what security guards considered in evaluating their quality of work life (QWL).

Onboarding Beyond Zoom

Millions of people are transitioning to new, changed, or evolving roles in the post-pandemic upheaval. As onboarding shifts virtual, CSOs have an opportunity to leverage a new normal of online meetings to get up to speed and begin adding value faster and more effectively.

Cyber Lexicon

Cyber 101 for Physical Security Practitioners

When it comes to cybersecurity, there are many terms and concepts that are beneficial for physical security professionals and IT professionals alike to understand. Here are a few to help you get started.

Assigning Roles for Campus Security Awareness

The high student population, prevailing freedom, lack of guardians, and homogenous nature of the college campus setting create an environment with many opportunities for crime to occur. A modified security model is therefore needed.

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.

Balancing Needs and Wants Against Situational Realities in Campus Security

As the threat landscape has changed, security leaders have had to adapt. It is infinitely important that the leaders responsible for the safety and security on university and healthcare campuses comprehend and strike a balance between needs versus wants as they build their programs to respond to changes.

Challenges in Higher Education Security: Portfolio Administration

Multifaceted requirements at universities make creating a project portfolio for management large and expensive to build, complex to manage, and challenging to maintain. Portfolios can therefore risk exposure to legacy systems, inefficient processes, and high costs of ownership.

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.

Employee Activism as a Risk Management Opportunity

The combination of increased activism and elevated divisiveness presents a heightened threat for conflict entering the workplace, particularly for corporations whose employees are returning to the office after working remotely.

The Insider Threat and Extremist Rhetoric

While the growth of polarizing and extremist rhetoric may be most commonly attributed to an advancing Internet, the traditional approaches to mitigating insider threat risks may also be effective in reducing the incendiary quality of extremist rhetoric before it results in harm or destruction.

Returning to Work the ESRM Way

With vaccinations on the rise, organizations are seriously contemplating whether and how to return to physical workspaces. By leveraging ESRM principles, security leaders can help steer the conversation.

How to Avoid Pandemic-Related Litigation Risks

Worries over workplace safety in the COVID-19 era, as well as concerns about the impacts of business closings, plant shutdowns and mandatory stay-at-home orders, spawned more than 2,000 lawsuits from January 2020 through March 2021.

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Updating Business Continuity Basics After COVID-19

Core services do not mean all services. In a private enterprise scenario, your core functions must be identified so that your continuity plan ensures at least their partial operation within the shortest amount of time possible.

A Portrait of Fire Prevention

When it comes to protecting priceless pieces of cultural heritage, following industry best practices with planning, automation, and early response measure proves essential.

Time to Pivot: Applying ESRM After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may have provided an ideal push for organizations to implement an ESRM approach to resilience and crisis management, which can multiply security’s value to the business.

Ancient Art, Illicit Revenue

Organized crime groups, terrorists, and state actors have all dabbled in antiquities trafficking to fund their operations. But the scale of the market remains elusive due to the diversity and secrecy of the art world.


The Preparedness Puzzle

Resilience is a multifaceted concept, and depending on which way you view it, you may see different challenges and stronger solutions, says Michael Szönyi, Flood Resilience Program Lead at Zurich Insurance Company.

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Getting Proactive with Protective Intelligence

Eighty-seven percent of security, legal, and compliance executives agree that investment in technology to advance physical security effectiveness and mitigate violent threats is necessary for the future of their company, according to a recent study from the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence.

Adjusting Security Awareness for Remote Work Hygiene

As the lines between work and leisure time become increasingly blurred and employees use company-issued devices and resources for personal use—such as social media, online shopping, and even telehealth—the potential for cyberattacks is ever present.

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Public–Private Partnership Case Study: OSAC

Nearly three decades ago, the U.S. government grew increasingly concerned of the potential negative impacts of rising globalization and terrorism on U.S. corporations with international operations, giving rise to the creation of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

Answering to Abuse

With more employees working remote and from home, companies’ have become increasingly liable once a victim informs them that he or she now works and lives with the abuser.

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The Chief Security Strategist in an Age of Uncertainty

The contemporary CSO has to understand the geopolitical dynamics of the 21st century. In an interconnected and a globalized world, a crisis in one part of the world will have profound cascading effects on organizations on the other side of the globe.

Shared Successes: Building Collaborative Professional Networks

Where do I start? It’s a common refrain, whether it’s coming from a young professional just entering the security industry, a former law enforcement officer building her first private sector SOP, or a security industry veteran preparing to combat a new crisis. Fortunately, few of these paths need to be walked alone.

Embracing True Diversity in Times of Crisis

The business case for diversity is stronger than ever. A 2020 report found that companies that foster gender diversity are 25 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies that don’t.

Training Security Guards to Identify Sex Trafficking Victims

Child sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Besides the moral obligation to combat domestic minor sex trafficking, businesses are criminally and civilly liable as facilitators for indirectly, but knowingly, profiting from the venture in reckless disregard to use of a minor.

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Measuring Employee Engagement During a Crisis

For companies to maintain a motivated, productive workforce, organizations need to find the best methods to gather and interpret employee feedback, including from remote workers, and make changes accordingly, experts say.

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.

Q-Speak: The Language of QAnon

Knowing the basics about QAnon, as well as the terminology and beliefs of this movement, can help security leaders recognize when someone is being led down the rabbit hole and possibly becoming a risk.

Softening the Impact of a Hard Insurance Market

The year 2020 started inauspiciously with a hard security insurance market in the United States. This meant security firms experienced rising premiums and tightening underwriting guidelines, largely due to concerns about claims, costly legal settlements, and risk management in the industry. These issues were only exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and civil unrest.

Managing Stress, Leading, and Serving Through Crises

Crises are by nature unpredictable and uncertain. Our brains process uncertain and unpredictable events as life-or-death threats. During a crisis, one of the key steps to manage our stress and our emotions and to foster our perspective and analytical reasoning is to de-shame.

Protecting Shops from Looting

Beyond retail shrink caused by shoplifters, internal thieves, or fraudulent returns, retailers are also aware of the risks posed by those taking advantage of chaos from mass protests that have become regular occurrences in 2020.

Leading with Empathy: Fostering Engaged Workforces

Much like the world we live in, the security business has changed, and the lessons gained serve as a powerful reminder that to be effective in our industry, we need to evolve as leaders to get the best out of our people.

Rethinking SOC Functionality and Cost

Considering the global shift toward more service-based providers and platforms for physical security, it can be argued that the overall cost of protection is being reduced.

How to Avoid Eight Diversity Recruiting Mistakes

Employers are re-evaluating workplace diversity at their organizations, starting with being more thoughtful about recruiting from a broader range of talent. However, these efforts are not without pitfalls.

Monitoring Remote Workers

Monitoring tools can track productivity and guard against security threats, but employers should weigh the benefits against the legal risks.

Three Steps to Avoid Security Theater

Not all risk mitigation measures are made equal. When managers deploy countermeasures without first understanding and addressing the company’s own specific risk posture, they are contributing to “security theater”—a concept that refers to security measures that make people feel more secure without doing anything to actually improve their security.

Change Drivers: Organizations Face Supercharged Activism

“The push for companies to show what they are doing for the greater good will only intensify through the lens of the pandemic; the public will want to know whether companies put people or profits first during this global crisis,” says Allison Wood, an associate director at Control Risks.

COVID-19: The Rise in Domestic Violence

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, a less-publicized public health crisis is surging across the globe—domestic violence. This guide for employers can help address employee needs and workplace concerns during remote work and return-to-work settings.

Ready for Reentry?

As organizations reopen their facilities, they must be aware of threats that may arise from a lack of human presence during shelter-at-home orders, such as the opportunity for Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

Conducting COVID-19 "In-Flight" Incident Reviews

At this time, there is tremendous value in briefly pausing to reflect on the organization’s COVID-19 journey to date and conduct an “in-flight” incident review as a means of optimizing the approach going forward.

A Guide to Employee Temperature Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus. But will taking temperatures really work?

Q&A: Agility and Planning for Multinational Pandemic Response

For international business services company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), managing business continuity and crisis response to the coronavirus pandemic has tested its international, regional and national capabilities. However, key steps—such as the early creation of a dedicated task force for information sharing—have driven a more streamlined, agile crisis response.

How to Reopen Your Mail Centers

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies shut down their offices and told people to work from home. As they begin to reopen, companies will face several major hurdles in their mail centers.

ESRM and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The preparation involved in enterprise security risk management (ESRM) enables organizations to act decisively and confidently in times of crisis.

In Crisis Communication, Start with Empathy

Crisis response hinges on two factors: what the organization does and what the organization says. When these halves align, it results in trust and a more positively received and effective response.

Q&A: Security’s Role During Pandemic Response

Scott Stewart from Stratfor explains how security professionals can leverage their creative problem-solving skills and preparedness to diffuse panic and secure operations and assets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic Impacts HR issues

Whether employees are working at home or on-site, employers should be aware of various workplace and employment issues raised by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Global Demand Puts Pressure on Healthcare Supply Chains

In light of potential shortages and rising value of personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare security professionals can take additional steps to protect these newly high-value items and shore up supply chain vulnerabilities.

Casino Resort Tactical Response Teams

How are casinos maintaining the softness required for guest services while simultaneously keeping up a tough front against an increasing number of public attacks?

The Rising Cost to Insure Security

The Rising Cost to Insure Security

A rash of large insurance claims in the United States has been reshaping the security insurance market, especially regarding security guards and guarding firms.

Tomando Vuelo

​En el condado rural de Grant, Washington, el personal de servicios públicos no sólo protege las subestaciones remotas: también ayuda a responder a los llamados de emergencia de la comunidad.

Cuatro Desafíos Para La Seguridad de La Aviación

Para las agencias de seguridad y policiales, el desafío es llevar a cabo las labores del primer respondiente al mismo tiempo que se identifican amenazas de grandes consecuencias para las operaciones de aviación.

On-Premise vs the Cloud

In recent years, the cloud has transformed how physical security systems are controlled and managed.

The Science of Organizing Security

One critical success factor to advancing asset protection in large corporations is what I call the "technology" of organizing to secure a company's people, critical information, and business strategy.

Four Trends That Will Shape Recruiting in 2018

This year, more employers ​hope to make progress in building inclusive workplaces through diversity recruiting efforts and will continue to experiment with new interviewing and selection techniques.

Securing Special Events

Whether hosted at a sports arena, outdoors, a convention center, or elsewhere, security practitioners are frequently called upon to provide support to large-scale events with sizeable crowds.

Recent News & Book Reviews

Industry News October 2021

Round1 Entertainment selected Hanwha Techwin cameras and video security solutions to help mitigate an increasing trend of false injury claims at its facilities.

August 2021 Industry News

A Texas school district implemented a multiphase project to add wireless, keyless access control. Learn more about this installation, plus mergers, moves, and deals.

Book Review: Extreme Violence

The related subjects of workplace violence, school violence, domestic violence in the workplace, violence at religious facilities, healthcare violence, and highly publicized mass attacks that injure, kill, and terrorize our employees and citizens have become standard concerns for security practitioners.

Book Review: Active Shooter Response Training

The second edition of Active Shooter Response Training: Lone Wolf to Coordinated Attack takes all of the information provided in its first release and provides expanded information about training for active shooter response.

June 2021 Industry News

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

Today in Security History: The Battle of Matewan

No one knows who fired the first shot, but when local miners, their pro-union town leaders, and a gang of private detectives met on 19 May 1920 in Matewan, West Virginia, a shootout formed the catalyst for a period of mine worker unrest and violence—later known as the West Virginia Mine Wars.

April 2021 Industry News

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

Pandemic-Based Risk Mitigations

A U.K.-based security risk consultant shares a collection of risk mitigations gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic that security managers can include in future planning.

Global COVID-19 Resources by Region

In an effort to connect security professionals worldwide with the most relevant guidance and statistics, ASIS has compiled this list of resources, broken out by region.

Book Review: The Birth of the FBI

Meticulously researched, The Birth of the FBI: Teddy Roosevelt, The Secret Service, and the Fight Over America’s Premier Law Enforcement Agency is also a fast-paced, engaging narrative that describes the origins of U.S federal law enforcement.

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Readers join Special Agent Tom White as he uncovers a conspiracy—a culture of killing—that exploited an outdated guardianship system prohibiting Native Americans from administering their own wealth.

Book Review: The Pinks

The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency is loaded with undiscovered history and told in an easily read, engaging style.