Career Highlight: What is a Facility Security Officer (FSO)?

In a post-Snowden world, the protection of classified government information is more important than ever. Companies that contract with the U.S. government and have access to classified information must follow government-mandated protocols and ensure personnel are properly trained to handle classified documents. As part of the mandate, contract companies must also employ a facility security officer (FSO). Learn more about the role of the FSO and how they help protect national security information.

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Back to Security Basics: Why Every Business Needs Bollards and Barriers

“Smash and grab” robberies targeting a wide variety of businesses and organizations and items are becoming almost epidemic. There is one basic security measure that could be put in place and immediately stop the majority of these attacks: bollards and barriers.

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Stop, Thief!

Bad Advice on Employee Theft Cases for Small Businesses

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article, “Stop, Thief!” in a special section for small businesses.

I read this short article about what small businesses should do when an employee commits a theft and is caught, and then I re-read it again because I wasn’t sure I read any good advice.

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Arming Private Security Officers: Failures and Responsibilities

By Jeffrey Hawkins

The issue of armed private security personnel and their level of training and oversight has long been an issue discussed within the physical security industry. On Dec. 10 the issue sparked mainstream attention when CNN released its report: Armed guards lack training and oversight -- with deadly consequences. This year-long investigation examined licensing and training standards of armed guards in the United States.

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Mixed Messages During A Violent School Incident

By Jeffrey Hawkins

We witnessed another rapidly escalating violent confrontation in one of our schools this week when a high school student attacked a security officer, school staff, and fellow students with two knives, leaving 21 people injured, two critically.

Fortunately, as of this writing, no one has died. However, the injuries and trauma experienced by those involved  will impact them, and their loved ones for the rest of their lives.

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