A sense of security and safety is essential for any community to thrive. Perceptions of an area as dangerous drive people away and hurt businesses, property values, and the local economy. Problems that contribute to safety concerns are often beyond the scope of local police, due to staffing and budget constraints. Many communities are subsidizing private security to address these problems.
When an organization hosts an off-site event, whether it is a small meeting or a massive industry conference, it is challenged to provide a safe and secure environment in an often unfamiliar and near-public setting. When careful attention is not given to security planning, preparation, and follow-through, risks and threats can become a reality…in a near instant. Incidents such as unauthorized entry, active protesting, and in some cases, acts of violence can disrupt, even devastate, an event like an annual shareholder meeting and can motivate negative and far-reaching impacts on an organization’s reputation.
When people working in Mexico or traveling to Mexico on business are kidnapped, their employers are at risk in terms of liability, lost business, lost reputation, and more. To continue operating in high-risk areas with confidence that employees won’t become crime statistics, businesses are relying more and more heavily on private security professionals for comprehensive risk mitigation solutions.
Choosing a college is a major decision for students and their families. With gun violence, missing students, and other campus tragedies making national headlines, campus safety concerns rank right up there with academic, financial, and geographic considerations.
Keeping students safe on campus is chief among the responsibilities of every institution of higher learning — and vital to profitability. With increasing public awareness of how vulnerable campus populations are to a variety of risks and threats, colleges and universities are taking steps to mitigate losses and liability and protect their reputations and enrollments. Heightened debate centers on tightening access to information, facilities, and materials versus maintaining an open campus environment.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but relationships are emerging as a central focus for campus security organizations of all shapes and sizes. The strength of certain key relationships directly impacts an institution’s overall risk-resilience. Examined through the lens of five core relationships, does your campus safety program make the grade?
Every day brings news of cyberattacks and physical violence targeting businesses and public and private institutions. These incidents inevitably raise questions about whether organizations are doing all they can to protect people, property, and information. Investigations reveal that there are often red flags and warning signs leading up to incidents that conventional security measures fail to detect.
Pre-Incident Indicators signaling potential danger frequently appear on social media platforms, the Internet, and the Darknet, an area of the Internet that facilitates criminal communication and activity. The challenge is for organizations to discover the signs and contain threats before damage is done.
A growing number of organizations are now using predictive cyber intelligence to go on the offensive against a range of physical and information security threats. With the help of professional risk assessment analysts, who use sophisticated intelligence gathering software and powerful hardware integration to monitor public information, organizations can stay ahead of threats that might slip past traditional security defenses. With predictive cyber intelligence functioning as an early warning system, in many cases, businesses can prevent specific threats from even reaching their defensive lines.
Security budgets may be slashed unless the Chief Security Officer (CSO) is effective in articulating the return on security investment (ROSI). To protect the security budget and defend security program decisions, a CSO must be prepared to present a financially sound business case for security investments.
Workplace violence is one of the most critical issues facing business leaders today, and prevention is becoming increasingly complicated with the rising use of social media for cyberbullying, cyberharassment and cyberstalking. Potential costs of letting these threats go unchecked range from high turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity to bodily injury and loss of life. Responsible organizations are protecting people and profitability by incorporating cyber threat protection measures including social media monitoring technology, into comprehensive workplace violence plans.
In recent decades, terrorist attacks, active shooter incidents, and even cyberbullying have reshaped perceptions of what constitutes workplace violence – and who is responsible. Gone are the days of wondering if a tragedy could have been anticipated. Employers today recognize that they must take steps to ensure workplace safety, reduce liability, protect their reputations, and prevent costly interruptions to productivity. Through enterprise-wide involvement and contemporary tools and strategies, organizations must build workplace violence prevention, education, and intervention into their very DNA.