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Layered Security and COVID-19

Chuck Hurst News, Security Program Development, Uncategorized

At Protus3, we take great pride in helping our clients identify risks and develop practical and sound strategies to manage, mitigate, and leverage those risks.  Usually those risks involve insider or outsider threats carried out by persons with nefarious intent. The threats come in various forms – overt and plainly visible (think intruder) or covert and not plainly evident (think …

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CPTED – Security Design Beyond the Acronym

Dana Frentz, CHPA, PSP Security Program Development

As progressive managers and owners of contemporary organizations search for ways to reduce company losses caused by criminal acts, they are beginning to examine more closely the actual environment in which these crimes take place. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) as part of a security design can reduce the fear of crime. It can also reduce the actual incidence …

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Security Specifiers Welcomes New Board Members

Protus3 News

Security Specifiers has named Jerry Blanchard, CPP as a new member of the Advisory Board. Jerry Blanchard has led Risk Management Associates, Inc (dba Protus3) as Chairman and CEO since 2012. Protus3 is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and specializes in physical security consultancy. Jerry has been in the security industry for thirty-one years since his departure from the military. …

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Emergency Assistance in the Age of COVID-19, part 2

Chuck Hurst News

In the first post, we addressed what constitutes an emergency, when to call 911, call prioritization, finite resources, and differing priorities. For good measure, we discussed that the police may alter their level and type of responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations due to COVID-19. In this post, we will attempt to convey and emphasize the importance of not …

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Emergency Assistance in the Age of COVID-19, part 1

Chuck Hurst News

Calling 911 to request emergency assistance is ingrained into the mindset of Americans across the nation. Many Americans have no recollection of the patchwork and disjointed processes of the past when you needed emergency assistance. From calling an operator (remember those?), a neighbor who was a cop or firefighter or calling the police directly, it was a convoluted affair that …

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Minor Traffic Offenses Will No Longer Be Reported

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation, News

At Protus3, we believe that employers should have as much relevant information as possible in order to make the best hiring decisions. We have always prided ourselves on the fact that we report everything we possibly can when conducting pre-employment background investigations. This included everything from felonies all the way down to minor traffic offenses. The FCRA allows us to …

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Concealed Carry in the Workplace

Chuck Hurst Security Planning, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Workplace Violence

Concealed Carry in the Workplace: A Question of Risk Versus Reward No matter how you interpret the Second Amendment, there are few, if any, hot button issues that raise more passion and stoke the fires of liberty infringed like the right to bear arms. Many have called for increased gun control, to include a ban on assault style rifles, universal …

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Five Reasons to Hire a Digital Forensics Expert

Amanda Strickland Computer Forensics

There are a variety of situations in a company that may require an investigation involving electronic data. This may take the form of a disgruntled employee walking out with client lists, an allegation of harassment via email or text, or simply an employee viewing inappropriate content on their computer. No matter the situation, if it involves any form of electronic …

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Risk Assessment Teams

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Security Program Development, WPV Threat Assessment

We’ve all heard the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” (or innovation). That is absolutely true today. During COVID-19, we have not seen a big shift in how businesses are set up. What we are starting to see is a major shift in multi-disciplined teams working together. As someone who has helped companies develop multi-disciplined risk assessment teams, I …

Remote Work Involves These 3 Cyber Security Risks

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE News

A recent online Forbes article written by Carrie Rubinstein pointed out 3 Cyber Security Risks created by employees working remotely. Prior to COVID-19, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified that approximately 29 percent of Americans were able to work remotely. As a result of the implementation of safety measures related to COVID-19, employers are requiring more of their staff to …