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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 | 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

COVID-19 and Returning to Work: Frictionless Access Control

May 26, 2020 | Security Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic will forever change our lives and have a lasting impact on our attitudes and behavior toward personnel interactions in everyday life, and in the workplace. So, what happens when we go back to the office? Our habits have changed, and it is likely that COVID precautions will remain in effect for many months. Employers will need to adapt and adjust their approach to workplace design and how employees and visitors are processed for entry into their buildings.… Read More

Mitigating Risk Remotely

May 18, 2020 | Security Consulting

Security assessments are an essential component of an organization’s security program given that protecting company assets is always a critical part of risk management. In order to strengthen your security program, you must be able to identify vulnerabilities that pose a risk to your business. Keep in mind that mitigation strategies require an unbiased approach when understanding the relationship between your organization’s environment, human behavior and security vulnerability.

Without a regular assessment, it may become more difficult for your organization … Read More

Operational Impact of Coronavirus – Security’s Role in Protecting Against Business Disruption

February 10, 2020 | Security Consulting

After experiencing previous global health scares such Ebola, H1NI, SARS and MERS, pandemic response has become a standard emergency response procedure for most organizations. In 2011, when I was onboarding with a new company, we received detailed training on how to handle dead birds in the parking lot. This usually received a good laugh from the new employees; however, the company saw it as an important protocol, directly in response to the Avian Flu.

Emergency response plans typically include how … Read More

Future-Proof Your Security Design Through A Holistic Approach

December 12, 2019 | Security Consulting

According to Wikipedia, future-proofing “is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events.”

When speaking about security programs, future-proofing means approaching the design and operational elements of your security infrastructure in a way that allows it to evolve and keep pace with the shifting threat landscape while addressing ongoing business requirements.

When applied from a holistic standpoint – intersecting operations, technology and the built environment – future-proofing … Read More

Spotting Red Flag Indicators

November 12, 2019 | Physical Security Security Consulting

According to the FBI’s Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters from 2000 to 2013, 92% of attackers who were students at the time of the attack exemplified concerning behaviors. Overall, the FBI concluded that for every active shooter event, at least one person noticed the concerning behavior, yet no action was taken; therefore, the opportunity for intervention was lost.

 

A number of reasons exist for why these behaviors are not reported, including fear of labeling a friend or family
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