Category: Security

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A Clear and Present Danger: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the perpetrators of workplace violence, […]

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Think Like an Attacker to Identify Weak Access Controls

When it comes to security systems, access controls, and the policies and procedures in place to dictate their proper usage, there is often a tendency to set it and forget it. That is right up until there’s a critical failure. It’s important to continually test and evaluate the systems we have in place to protect […]

Voters Weigh in on Medical, Recreational Marijuana in 4 States

Voters in four states had the opportunity to weigh in on the issue of marijuana use when they went to the polls November 6, and the results will have an impact on employers. In Missouri and Utah voters approved measures to allow the medical use of marijuana. Voters in Michigan and North Dakota voted on […]

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Encourage Speaking Up to Prevent Mass Shootings

Remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? Each individual formed an false conclusion about what an elephant is based on the limited information they gathered. The man touching the elephant’s tail concluded that an elephant is like a rope, while the man touching its tusk believed that the elephant was more like […]

Predict and Prevent Active Shooters by Listening for Leaks

A hazard assessment is one of the most important tools for preventing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities at your facility. They help analyze potential situations to determine the risks they pose, and provide your (or your tenant’s) security team with the data to decide how best to contain and control those risks. Unfortunately, one increasingly common […]

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OSHA Enforces General Duty Violations in Healthcare Facilities

An OSHA standard directed at mitigating workplace violence in healthcare facilities is not looming on the horizon, but not because OSHA is unaware of the main provisions such a standard would include. As it currently stands, it is not uncommon for OSHA to issue citations against healthcare employers whose employees are attacked, harmed, threatened, or […]

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Port Facilities Emerging as Ransomware Targets

As September drew to a close, two major international shipping ports, Barcelona and San Diego, both fell victim to ransomware infections. These follow a successful attack on the China Ocean Shipping Company terminal at the Port of Long Beach this past July. This cluster of attacks should serve as a warning to the industry as […]

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Old Paper Work May Pose a Security Risk at Your Facility

When a major retail business moves to shutter its operations the impacts have major reverberations, especially when that business is the size of Circuit City, Borders Books and Music, or Toys “R” Us. In the case of the latter, the rapid closing of the toy giant left 31,000 employees without work and close to 800 […]

Angry Employee with Gun

Predicting Active Shooter Events with Risk Terrain Modeling

Too many Americans die each year in active shooter events—and almost all active shooter events occur in somebody’s workplace, even if the intended victims are not employees. It’s a difficult risk to address, because active shooter events are largely random. Aren’t they? It would be difficult to predict with any certainty where one could occur. […]

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What’s the Craziest Thing Your Security Cameras Have Captured?

A properly functioning security system is always on, ready to capture any threats to your workforce, property, or other essential assets. Sometimes, though, they bear witness to the best (or worst) of humanity’s “hold my beer” moments. All you need to do is head to YouTube and search for something like “security camera fails” to […]