Category: Security

A Three-Part Strategy for Workplace Violence Programs

In August of 1986, a postal employee threatened with losing his job walked into a post office with a mailbag full of guns and ammunition and opened fire. He did not say a word—he just started shooting and killing. Six postal workers were wounded, and 14 were killed. That was one of several shootings that took […]

Lighting Project Aims to Boost Campus Safety at University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A summer construction project will cast the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in a new light—a few dozen of them, actually. The project, which will commence in June and should wrap by the start of the fall semester, will add and replace more than 50 lights along high-traffic walkways on City and East Campus. Most of the 13-foot-tall, pole-mounted […]

Webinar Watch: FM NOW Sessions on Secure Buildings

On Tuesday, June 20, make sure to join your colleagues and expert panelists for our FM NOW: Secure Buildings virtual summit! The FREE educational sessions will cover critical topics for facility security, including system integration, live events, and active shooters. Can’t make it to the live webinars? No worries! All registrants also receive a link […]

How Can CCTV Cameras Be Hacked?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance is one of many investments that more businesses are prioritizing when protecting their facilities. While it can prove invaluable at securing your premises and preventing unwanted intrusion or trespassing, one—often invisible—threat can hoodwink even the most experienced operatives in the game. It’s ironic considering video surveillance is meant to prevent unwanted […]

Tech That Can Improve Emergency Lockdown Protocols

The rapid growth of technology has bettered our world in countless ways, some that we probably hardly ever consider. One of these is the amount of safety we have access to if we choose to access it. Another thing that technology has done is give us access to news anytime we want it. Through social […]

2023 Commercial Building Trends Include AI, Sustainability, and Predictive Maintenance

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial real estate and building management sectors have had the opportunity to adapt and capitalize on new opportunities. Among the various sectors comprising the industry, the U.S. engineering and construction segment has demonstrated impressive growth, with a notable 8% increase in construction spending during the beginning of […]

Strengthening Physical and Digital Security Against Data Breaches

According to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 82% of data breaches involved the human element. When that percentage is used to determine how many of the 1,802 data breaches in 2022 could have been avoided if human error were not a factor, the number is an eye-opening 1,478. That makes a compelling case […]

Homeland Security Issues First Department-Wide Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas has announced the first department-wide policy on body-worn cameras (BWCs) for its law enforcement officers and agents. The department’s plan will include a phased implementation of BWCs while working with Congress to secure the necessary funding to equip agents nationwide with the recording devices. The new policy […]

Improving Your Facility’s Security with Window Film

The right window film can improve the look of your facility, but more importantly, it can also protect occupants from outsider threats that are especially problematic to schools and retail stores, such as active shooters, civil unrest, and natural disasters, which are becoming more frequent over time. Jamie Hamilton, Senior Building Security, Energy, and Branding […]

K-12 School Safety Toolkit Aims to Boost Bystander Reporting

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) have released the K-12 Bystander Reporting Toolkit, a new resource to support K-12 schools in strengthening school safety reporting programs and encouraging bystander reporting among students and the broader school community. The toolkit offers simple strategies and guidance K-12 […]