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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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Security Planning Doesn’t Have to Sink Your Budget

June 10, 2019 | Security Consulting

We were recently asked by an architectural firm “…how can we implement security features for active assailant scenarios into our designs?” This was quite refreshing, as the typical request for active assailant assistance is to conduct on-site scenario-based training. While training is important, it can be ineffective unless followed by regular practice, i.e. developing “muscle memory.”  And, it is but one tool in the box of prevention and response options.  There are many additional proactive measures that can be taken … Read More

Winning Government Contracts Requires Opening the Lines of Communication

June 4, 2019 | Security Consulting

A frequent topic in discussions regarding federal acquisition is communication between the government and industry – the vendor community wants more of it, but government employees remain reluctant to participate.  Let’s examine the dynamics…

All federal agencies have mission needs which are supported by, and often performed by, vendors under contracts with those agencies.  Successful performance under these contracts requires vendor understanding of the agency mission, vision and challenges.  The government needs to understand vendor capability, experience, solution set, and … Read More

A Risk-Based Approach to Active Shooter Preparation

May 15, 2019 | Security Consulting

As a security consultant, I have schools, corporations, and faith-based organizations consistently contacting me to conduct active shooter drills and exercises. Many organizations are facing questions from concerned employees, students, and parents (who themselves are bombarded with media coverage) on what the organization is doing to protect them from an active shooter situation. This has generated a kneejerk reaction to conduct active shooter exercises and drills without having a comprehensive plan developed and implemented. For some organizations, conducting an active
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Red-Light, Green-Light – the Case for a Converged and Integrated Identity Access Management Platform

April 24, 2019 | Physical Security Security Consulting

In developing, deploying and managing physical and cyber security platforms around the globe, I often am asked about the latest lessons learned and best practices we recommend surrounding Integrated Identity Access and Identity Management (IAM). Current, traditional models for IAM do not address the vulnerabilities that have evolved throughout the security protection landscape, and corporations would be advised to take a fresh approach to their integrated IAM posture.

Traditional IAM

IAM is implemented in the corporate environment via three distinct … Read More

How Houses Of Worship Can Best Prepare For The Worst

October 30, 2018 | Security Consulting

How houses of worship can best prepare for the worst.

A previous version of this article was published in Security Today on July 11, 2018 and written by Stephanie Douglas.

The recent tragedy at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh calls attention to a harsh fact:  houses of worship are not immune to violence.   Conversations about what can be done to keep violent weapons and dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands continue to dominate the political discussion, … Read More

Keeping Your House Secure

July 11, 2018 | Security Consulting

As published in Security Today on July 11, 2018.

Conversations about what can be done to keep violent weapons and dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands continue to dominate the political discussion, leaving communities wondering about what they can do to prevent the next school or church attack. Houses of worship find themselves in a particularly vulnerable position, opening doors to hundreds of people, while not necessarily having the resources to adequately protect themselves from violence, or even … Read More

Preventive Security Measures Inside & Outside Shared Spaces

April 9, 2018 | Security Consulting

As we’ve seen in the wake of the terrible events in Parkland, Florida and at the YouTube corporate campus, the task of protecting shared spaces, such as offices and schools, has become increasingly complex, particularly in the current environment of rising political tensions and the difficulty that schools, workplaces and law enforcement can have in assessing threats. However, with the right combination of knowledge, experience, and resources, the risk of an incident can be mitigated and lives can be … Read More

Cybersecurity Governance Converging Around Common Principles

February 28, 2018 | Security Consulting

This February marks an important milestone in the evolution of cybersecurity regulation: entities regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) were required to submit their first annual certification of compliance with New York’s, first in the nation, cybersecurity regulation by February 15, 2018. This occasion provides a good opportunity to reflect upon the emerging trends in the world of cybersecurity governance.
Since companies often answer to multiple authorities, the possibility exists for overlapping and even conflicting
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