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7 Steps for a Safe Return to the Office

June 15, 2022 | Security Consulting

As the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the endemic phase, organizations are turning their attention to onsite collaboration and physical interaction among staff members, many of whom have been working remotely for nearly two years.  At the same time, cities across the U.S. are experiencing record increases in violent crime, including carjackings and assaults on public transit, while the country faces surging gasoline costs.  The timing for a physical return to office could not come at a more complicated … Read More

Education sector communication considerations and network implications brought to light by COVID

April 21, 2022 | Cyber Security Design + Engineering Security Consulting

The pandemic has thrown school districts and community colleges quite a few curve balls including, at times, seeing their campuses devoid of students and regular day-to-day activity. During this time, we’ve seen our education clients adjust the focus of their security and safety programs and place renewed emphasis on improving mass notifications capabilities. It has been particularly interesting, and to some degree surprising, to see the number of educational institutions that operate with non-functional mass notification equipment, network-based equipment with … Read More

The Joint Commission Has Added New Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements for the Healthcare Industry

April 7, 2022 | Compliance Design + Engineering Risk + Compliance Security Consulting

According to The Joint Commission (TJC), which oversees accreditation of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, about 73% of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses leading to missed work days in healthcare are connected to workplace violence. This figure does not consider the number of unreported incidents, so the actual percentage is likely higher.

Effective January 1, 2022, TJC introduced revisions to workplace violence standards that provide guidance for developing strong workplace violence prevention systems.

As a participant in ASIS International’s publication … Read More

Is Your Security Vulnerability Assessment a Part of the Required Hazard Vulnerability Analysis – Thoughts for Healthcare Provider Organizations

August 17, 2021 | Security Consulting

For nearly twenty years, since the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security have encouraged and funded efforts by healthcare organizations to expand their emergency response plans and overall readiness for disasters. With the same goal in mind, The Joint Commission (“TJC”), the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, introduced new emergency management standards that require hospital emergency response plans be based on a hazard vulnerability … Read More

Strategies Designed to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Strengthening Physical Security Key to a Successful NFL Season

February 5, 2021 | Security Consulting

The National Football League is set to open the professional sports championship calendar with Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida on Sunday evening. Last spring, amidst the global pandemic, the league was one of the legions of American enterprises that turned to security technology and companies like Guidepost Solutions to solve the challenge of keeping their employees, customers, and businesses safe.

For the NFL and its teams, reopening required a multi-faceted approach. It had to focus first on creating a … Read More

Unlocked: Introduction to Data Center Security Design

June 29, 2020 | Physical Security Security Consulting

While principles of physical security are largely universal, data centers require a nuanced approach and are a great case study for security practitioners. In this blog, I will discuss basic security design for data centers and the new technologies now available to address the COVID era.

Looking ahead at commercial and industrial demands for data consumption, it is clear the data center industry will continue to thrive. Estimates on market growth average 15% year over year from 2020-2023.  Whether you … Read More

Data Centers – Securing More with Less, Lessons from a Pandemic

June 2, 2020 | Security Consulting

In the weeks following the spread of COVID19, countries and businesses were abruptly forced into critical decisions relative to reducing or ceasing operations, defining essential operations and maneuvering multiple mandates. The resulting questions include, how are we going to do more with less and how can we ensure the safety of our people and the security of our business? Some had no choice. Emergency and primary healthcare are always essential while businesses directly serving the public such as delivery services, … Read More

Creating a Secure “Work From Home” Cybersecurity Environment For Employees & Employers

June 1, 2020 | Security Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant shelter-in-place enforcements have led to widespread adoption of remote work environments. Recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that some employees can work from home “forever.” As we adjust to this new reality, there is an immediate need to consider how the work-from-home employee maintains a safe and secure cybersecurity environment.

In the weeks since many states issued stay-at-home orders, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of phishing attacks. The phishers impersonate a … Read More

Technology Can Support Human Efforts in Contact Tracing

May 28, 2020 | Security Consulting

According to the CDC, contact tracing is a critical element in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to a Wall Street Journal article, one study suggests the country will need to hire 184,000 contact tracers to meet the demand.

States are already ramping up their contact tracing programs, spurred on by millions of dollars in federal funds dedicated to this purpose. One relatively small state is spending $112 million on its contact tracing program that includes hiring … Read More

Securing Federal Contracts — What Changes During a Crisis

May 27, 2020 | Federal Procurement Security Consulting

There are more than $500 billion in federal contracts awarded each fiscal year. Each agency has its cadre of contractors pursuing these dollars to maintain and grow their business. Many firms support multiple agencies in their effort to diversify their business base. The business of pursuing federal contracts has matured to a science, with business development executives working pipelines, aggressively chasing critical intel on requirements and timelines, and employing acquisition strategies in order to increase their probability of a win. … Read More