Now that the holiday excitement has finally settled, it’s time to decide how to truly improve yourself in the new year. You may still have that flyer from your local fitness club and are strongly considering spending time in a cycling class or on the pull-up bar. To some, physical fitness and appearance are the main priorities. For rising security leaders, I would like to put a different flyer in your hand—one that touts developing yourself professionally.
Employee hiring and screening are vital support functions for any company, but they may be the most important functions for a security company. If your security provider doesn’t have the right people in place, it reflects poorly on you, can leave your organization open to risk and can even impact your brand.
Selecting a security services provider is a crucial step and there are many factors to take into consideration when building an RFP. By taking the time to strategize and establish guidelines for what potential partners must include, you can ensure that you will have all the pertinent information you need to make a well-informed decision.
Quality security providers see great value in employee engagement. Not only is it the right thing to do, but better engaged security officers provide better service. Should engagement efforts end there? Or, does the organization contracting the services play a role?
Institutions of learning and workplaces have been featured prevalently in the news lately in increasingly alarming ways, drawing attention to the fact that traditional reactive security measures may be limited in identifying risk and preventing tragedies. In spite of considerable resources aimed at mitigating risk, tragic incidents, such as an active shooter, natural disasters or other such major emergency can hinder business continuity. They can also negatively impact reputation and brand, and cause harm to personnel and physical assets.
The constituencies of America’s colleges and universities are changing. Many institutions of higher learning are enrolling new populations of students and facing new challenges, and as a result, the entire campus needs to adapt accordingly. Disruptive forces come from every direction these days.
If you were like 41 percent of Americans, before the ball dropped in New York City to ring in 2018, you already made a few New Year’s resolutions. According to Statistic Brain, although a mere 9.2 percent of people report following through with the resolutions they make, individuals who make them are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who fail to make them at all. So, this year, why not make a New Year’s resolution that could literally save your life? In 2018, resolve to be safe!
The year 2017 has been a banner one for physical security with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technology to manage threats. As we approach 2018, the field widens with regard to solutions that will expand the capability of security teams seeking ways to shore up their risk exposure and expand situational intelligence. Here’s a recap of milestones and areas we see as important in the new year.
More and more schools, universities and hospitals committed to ensuring their campuses and communities are safe, are looking to align with contract security partners who can provide efficient and effective security solutions while reducing overall labor costs. How can these institutions ensure maximum priority for safety and security while managing restrictive budgets? Integrating video analytics into the security officers’ response tool-sets enables hospitals, colleges and universities to be more proactive, preventive and strategic.
When I hear the term “security guard” used in popular culture, why does it personally elicit a reaction of disappointment for me? As Chief Administrative Officer for America’s largest security firm, how our security professionals are perceived is part of my job. Words have the ability to shape our perception, and when I hear the term “security guard,” I feel that the important role our security professionals play is diminished.