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Effective Security Requires Thoughtful Decisions

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISPNews, Security Assessment, Security Master Planning

In her Editor’s Note published in the January/February 2020 Campus Safety magazine, Robin Hattersley reminds us all of the power of seeking professional advice when lives are at stake. Would you go to a pharmaceutical company to advise you about health concerns that you have? Would you invest in health equipment based on a good sales pitch? Why should effective …

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Technical Assessments – Standards

Dana Frentz, CHPA, PSPSecurity Assessment, Security Master Planning, Security System Lifespan Management

Our first post reviewed enclosure conditions and installation practices found in technical assessments.  We then discussed the importance of the appropriate installation and conditions of field devices. In this third installment, we are going to discuss one of the best ways to avoid the conditions previously discussed. It’s also how to begin cleaning up the messes that you do find. …

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Security Program Check-up Should Be Held Annually

Protus3Security Master Planning, Security Program Development

When was the last time that your security program had a check-up? We all know that we should visit our physician for an annual check-up or physical. This is the time to discuss with your doctor any issues or symptoms you may be having. Your doctor will examine you to make sure everything checks out ok. The same should hold …

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Little Oddities Often Aggregate Into Larger Anomalies

Protus3Crisis Management Planning, Security Master Planning, Security Program Development

Details continue to emerge from the October 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest County Music Festival in Las Vegas. There are ample opportunities for emergency responders and security and hospitality professionals to examine and redefine security protocols.  The greatest gains in response to the unthinkable come out of this kind scrutiny and “lessons learned” exercises. It’s a sad truth. …

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The Security Strategy That Works for Two College Campuses

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISPSecurity Master Planning, Security Program Development, Security System Design Development

Above all, a security strategy is about integrating people, processes, and technology. Although there are some significant differences, these strategies apply to any other campus as well, not just colleges and universities. From the original article: Colleges and universities must develop a security strategy that protects the heart of their campus: students. Digital tools can help schools improve their physical …

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Managing Global Integration of Systems

Protus3Security Master Planning, Security Program Development, Security System Bid Process and Evaluation, Security System Design Development, Security System Lifespan Management

During the last several years, we have seen many companies expanding within their own organization or through mergers and acquisitions. Growth of any kind challenges the expansion of systems utilized within the company or organization, such as network infrastructure, payroll systems, and other technology. One area that is always a challenge is the security systems that protect the organization. Card …

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The SaVE Component of the Clery Act

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISPCompliance, Security Master Planning, Training

Are You Ready for October 1, 2014? According to the CDC, on average, 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. In a study of undergraduate women, 19% said that they experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college (Source: The victimization of college students …

The Difference Between Safety and Security

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISPSecurity Master Planning, Security Program Development

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs begins with humanity’s most basic needs and builds from there until we reach our most satisfied self. After our most basic physical needs (air, food, water, sleep), the need for safety is the second most critical stage to our wellbeing. Whether or not we believe in Maslow’s theory, we can all agree that on its surface …


The “Fractional” Security Manager

Protus3Security Assessment, Security Master Planning, Security Program Development

The “Fractional” Security Manager: A Cost Effective Approach to Managing Security I have met with a large number of business leaders – especially in small business – over the years because of a security issues they faced such as internal theft, threat to executives, employee malfeasance, compliance issues, or other security problems. These issues turned into the need for an …

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Key Control

William F. Booth, CPPSecurity Assessment, Security Master Planning, Security Program Development

So often in our modern technical world, we overlook the basic means of securing most assets: the lock and key. Good key control is imperative for excellent security. At this point, many of you may be saying to yourselves, “I cannot possibly get control of my facility’s keys when no one has had control of them for years.” This is …