Category: Security

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Did You Catch Better Call Saul’s Facilities Management Moment?

The fourth-season premiere of Better Call Saul landed last Monday evening, and it was every bit as entertaining and brilliant as fans have come to expect. But it also included a detailed, accurate, and dryly hilarious scene wherein a main character takes stock of a large corporation’s major safety and security failings.

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Security Concerns Feature in YouTube’s Campus Expansion Plans

It was far too easy for a disgruntled content creator to walk onto YouTube’s property in San Bruno, California, last April and open fire on employees in a courtyard. The incident shone a bright light on existing security issues built into Silicon Valley’s open campus culture. Big tech companies have long desired to create a […]

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Snail Mail Could Pose Cybersecurity Risk

As facility and network security continue to harden, it seems that some cybercriminals are looking for low-tech ways to gain access to a company’s sensitive information. And while cyberattacks typically don’t involve facility managers, this head-scratcher reported by Brian Krebs might be one to keep on your radar.