Mall Security Supported with Key Control Systems

Administering the safety aspects of a large retail environment requires an expanded knowledge of security practices in order to make good decisions regarding the protection of the facility and its employees and visitors. Cash, goods, business information/data, personal items and even identities are prime targets for theft in a retail environment and these vulnerabilities can be heightened due to lost or missing keys and other security irregularities. As a result, key control with automated tracking is high on the list as a state of the art security practice.  Continue reading

Key Management Best Practices for Emergency Situations

Managing the consequences of a natural disaster or other emergencies is never easy, but it can be made more efficient with better preparation and follow up. Key and asset management systems are a valuable part of facility security, helping to protect staff, assets and areas and streamlining access for authorized users in both regular and emergency situations. When time is of the essence, these systems can also supply up-to-date and reliable information allowing personnel to react more quickly and proceed with established procedures regarding secure areas or valuable assets. Continue reading

How Unmanaged Keys Can Hurt Your Business

Managing a business, whether a small, family-owned company, a franchise operation or a branch office can be challenging—and it often is. Licensing regulations, paying too much for rent, labor or materials and poorly designed websites are just some of the issues that can adversely affect the business’s success. While there are no silver bullets to resolve these issues, management can minimize many of the problems through open communication, defined tasks and responsibilities, effective data collection/analysis and so on. Continue reading

Key Management ROI Offers Proven Cost and Time Efficiencies

Security departments within an organization often tend to underestimate how much productivity is lost to manual tasks that could easily be accomplished with automated systems. Technology solutions are readily available to help security management free up employee time so they can focus on more valuable tasks that help ensure safety and security. In considering these options, ROI is often a determining factor. Continue reading

Key Control Systems Provide Home Owners/Renters with Confidence and Peace of Mind

With the year drawing to a close, the busy season is in full swing for many organizations including retailers, travel agencies and schools. Additionally listed among this group are property management companies who often have the added seasonal duties of home/rental management for “snowbirds.” Tasks range from prevention services such as checking the vacant home for unwanted pests to arranging cleaning/repair services for winter residences. Continue reading

Key Inventory Systems Support Biometrics for Enhanced Security

A number of recent articles have put forth the proposition that the password as a security measure is dead. The reasons listed are many, including how easily they are forgotten, the password is weak or easily guessed and how quickly cyber criminals can get around them. Not mentioned in these articles but posing a similar challenge is the use of PINs or smart cards as security measures. Continue reading

Key Inventory Systems Lock the Door on Insider Threats

The role of the security professional has changed considerably over the past decade, with more focus on both mitigating threats and attacks as well as on the business needs of the organization. An added wrinkle to this expanded role is the threat from inside the organization from rogue/former employees, unscrupulous contractors who have authorized access and even unintentional security breaches by well-meaning or careless staff. These threats from within are often the most costly and dangerous.  Continue reading

Integrated Key Management Systems Integral to Situational Awareness at Large Venues

High security, high-risk events such as this summer’s political conventions in the US require special planning that involves risk assessment, crowd management, staffing, communication, emergency response procedures and so on. To maintain the highest levels of on-site security, among other measures, guard services are equipped with mobile technology for faster evaluations and response; K-9 units patrol the grounds sniffing for bombs; and integrated security and surveillance operations are controlled from a centralized platform for better situational awareness. Continue reading