Department of Education

Department of Education Increases Clery Fines

Protus3 Compliance, Security Program Development

The maximum fine for any violation of the Jeanne Clery Act has increased from $35,000 to $54,789. The new fines posted by the US Department of Education in the Federal Register are effective for civil penalties imposed on or after August 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. The costs for non-compliance just got higher. In recent …

campus safety article

The Security Strategy That Works for Two College Campuses

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Security 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 …

Baylor University headline

What Can We Learn From Baylor University?

Protus3 Compliance, Security Program Development, Training

The Dallas Morning News recently published an article entitled “Sex assault reports at Baylor nearly quadrupled in 2015, report says”. Read the full article here. What can we learn from Baylor University? If campus leaders do not set the example and provide the necessary resources, it is nearly impossible to engage the population in a comprehensive and effective manner. A …

WRAL story August 2016

Security Expert: Police Did a ‘Good Job’ Clearing Crabtree Following Weekend Panic

Protus3 Crisis Management Planning, News, Security Program Development, Training, Workplace Violence

Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police are combing through evidence, including 911 calls and security tapes, from Crabtree Valley Mall in an effort to determine what happened Saturday afternoon in the food court. The sound of gunfire inside sparked panic and sent everyone running out of the mall with their hands up. “I would rather see people run than not run,” …

Ribbon for Orlando

After Orlando

Protus3 News, Security Program Development, Workplace Violence

It will be days, weeks, and years before we know all the details that lead up to and enabled a young man in Florida to commit the deadliest US mass shooting to date at Pulse nightclub. As a security consulting, design, and investigative company, we will let the media, government, and activists do what they do best and we will …

How to Build a Culture of Security article

How to Build a Culture of Security

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP News, Security Program Development

How can companies build a culture of security? We say it all the time, but it’s nice to hear it from a colleague for a change. “Security is everyone’s business” is popular truism in the industry. However, how many security managers can honestly say that their companies practice this philosophy? Read more in How to Build a Culture of Security …

Campus Safety threat assessment article

3 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Threat Assessment Process

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Security Program Development, Workplace Violence

Campus Safety Magazine published 3 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Threat Assessment Process. Although this article addresses students in an educational environment, it includes lessons for employers as well. How can security professionals protect the individual as well as the whole community? Violence in the workplace is more common than many believe – and it is also often predictable and …

High Stakes Cyber article

Companies Can be Liable for Failing to Maintain Adequate Cyber Security

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Compliance, Intellectual Property, News, Security Program Development

How much customer data do you have? Is it secure? If so, you should read High Stakes Cyber as published in Security Management. In brief, the FTC can hold companies liable for failing to maintain adequate cybersecurity, even though the commission has not defined minimum cybersecurity standards through rules or regulations. Even in this case, the court did not articulate …

Campus Safety article about guns on campus

CCP Holders and Guns on Campus

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Crisis Management Planning, News, Security Program Development, Training, Workplace Violence

Should CCP holders be allowed to carry guns on campus? There are studies that show during times of great stress, a person will experience changes that affect their physiological, sensory and cognitive processes which can prevent appropriate responses in very serious situation. These responses can affect critical decision-making processes. For example, check out the eleven reservations of a “gun guy.” …

down the rabbit hole

Lighting at the End of the Rabbit Hole: How to Determine Appropriate Lighting Levels as Part of a Total Security Program

Dana Frentz, CHPA, PSP Security Assessment, Security Program Development

Beginning Down the Rabbit Hole We all know the use of lighting alone does not stop crime, but the effects of good lighting coupled with additional security measures have been shown to reduce the occurrence of crime. Lighting can elicit an emotional response, providing a level of confidence and the feeling of security. It can also provide a decrease in …