The protection of networks and data centres is a growing concern given the recent spate of high profile security breaches and it is forcing organisations into taking serious steps to improve protection. For many businesses, this means implementing a combination of passive and active security measures designed to deter, detect and react against threats.
In recent years, many organizations have taken a fresh look at their emergency plans to be sure that they cover the range of potential incidents. While high-profile incidents of terror such as school shootings and bombings at public events have raised this awareness, other events ranging from flooding and power outages to fires and broken water mains have also interrupted operations for a much greater number of businesses.
Since 1999 when two students shot and killed 13 people and wounded 21 before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., security solutions have been on the radar for secondary schools. In 2012 the tragic shooting of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., reminded schools around the country just how vulnerable they could be — inside and out — prompting renewed interest in lockdown solutions. But in the rush to placate parents and communities, many schools have put in place systems that were less than thought out. Many others are still in the thinking and planning stages.
Although 2015 seemed like the year of data breaches, it was also the year that the Internet of Things (IoT) achieved real traction. Key management systems and most other advanced security solutions can now be integrated with the networked security system (i.e. identity management, access control, IP video surveillance, intrusion and other systems) to strengthen risk management strategies.
The shift from manpower resources to technology as a main line of defense is having a significant impact on an organization’s physical security strategy, and nowhere is this more true than in the medical/healthcare industry. From video surveillance to access control to video management systems, technology solutions are playing an increasingly important role in keeping our hospitals safe for patients, staff and visitors.
Access-control devices such as locks, entry devices and door alarms have evolved to meet the changing needs of hospitals in a world where the threat of terrorism is ever-present.
The National Crime Prevention Council emphasizes that preventive security measures are crucial to keeping hotel guests safe against crime. According to their website, “Security is an essential investment and not an optional expenditure.” In making the investment in preventive measures, hotels must balance security with the need to create a welcoming environment for patrons and guests.
At the new headquarters of 1+1 Media Group, manual management of keys quickly became a problem; keys were often misplaced, lost or taken without authorisation. They found a solution with the Morse Watchmans Keywatcher Touch key control and management system.
The comings and goings of judges, inmates, law enforcement, maintenance staff and others pose a number of safety concerns for courts, writes Fernando Pires, pictured, VP Sales and Marketing at US product company Morse Watchmans.
Airports have many security requirements and challenges, and part of the challenge arises because of the mix of people on-site, including airport staff, airline staff, contractor and vendor staff and travelers. One component of managing security in such settings is to strengthen the role of access control so that all parties remain in their authorized areas, assets are protected and security staff can focus on operational matters.