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Peter Cavicchia II,
retired U.S. Secret Service Senior Executive,
is Chairman of the security consulting firm
Strategic Services International LLC. 

Military Veteran and Security Expert Outlines How to Fend off Threats Facing Businesses

We live in a time of environmental disasters, violent political protests, and massive cyber hacks. That means security is front and center in the minds of business leaders in the United States and around the globe. In a recent post for IFSEC Global, Will Plummer uses his unique expertise as a military veteran and security expert to distill the unique threats facing businesses today and what effective security solutions can keep a company’s staff and assets safe. The piece offers a vivid description of the many vulnerabilities that exist today for a corporate business and why it’s crucial above all…

Even During an Economic Slump, Businesses Should Not Cut Security Spending

From the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic through today, the world’s economy has been in a volatile place. Naturally, this has been a time when leaders in nearly all sectors — business firms, universities, healthcare centers, among others — have had to make difficult financial cuts in how they spend and what they spend their money on. One area that shouldn’t find itself on the chopping block is investment in cyber and physical security measures. A company will only be as strong as its security, and when looking at budgets, it’s crucial that a strong security budget is maintained.…

Heading Into a New Year: A Look at the 2022 State of Security

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time to ring in a new year. As we get ready to close out the past 12 months, it’s important to look at where we currently stand with physical security trends. Recently, Genetec Inc. released its 2022 State of Physical Security report. The company’s report surveyed 3,700 physical security leaders around the globe. This includes providers, installers, system integrators, and end users, among others. It captures a broad range of insights from these industry players, including their thoughts on overcoming economic and supply chain issues, engaging with hybrid-cloud technology, and placing physical security…

Cybersecurity is a Physical Security Priority

It is an era where threats to a firm’s security are increasingly sophisticated. Bad actors rely on a wide array of tools to threaten a company’s data and physical assets. Unfortunately, many businesses are still structured in a way where chief security officers, or CSOs, tackle threats through separate cyber and physical security channels. In a recent article for Security Magazine, Bud Broomhead writes about how cybersecurity is a clear and pressing physical security priority. He cites an IBM study that reveals in 2022 “the cost of a cyber breach is now over $4M per incident.” Similarly, he points to…

Experts Weigh in on the Effectiveness of ‘Post-Pandemic’ Security

As the world continues to reckon with the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, security experts continue to assess where the industry stands with these ever-shifting demands. Physical and cyber security continue to merge — with cloud-connected devices a hallmark of effective security protocols. Recently, SecurityInformed.com spoke with a panel of leading industry experts about where we are today in physical security. They pose the question — Is post-pandemic security more effective than pre-pandemic security? The website spoke with John Davies, Managing Director at TDSi, Mark Feider, National Director for the Enterprise sector at Genetec, and Ted Wilkinson, Director…

This is How Restaurants and Bars Can Implement Smarter Physical Security

During a current volatile market, where small businesses find themselves more vulnerable than ever, security systems that are mindful of the complicated demands of our current era can make the difference. Whether it be a chain restaurant or an independently owned neighborhood bar, having physical security that is robust and multi-faceted could play a positive role on that business’s bottom line. Restaurant Technology News highlights ways restaurant chains can streamline their current security system management programs, which also offers a rubric small mom-and-pop businesses can follow. The article correctly pinpoints that, historically, physical security for a restaurant meant video surveillance…

How Physical Security System Data Can Shape Hybrid Offices

Research that came out in 2021 from Cushman & Wakefield estimated that most workers around the world would return to their offices during the first quarter of 2022. Flash forward and that picture is a bit more complicated. While offices have reopened since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way work is structured has changed. For instance, nearly half of all employees plan on working remotely, at least partially, according to Gartner. With this new normal, physical security — and the data derived from it — is playing a big role in envisioning how the modern workplace and its…

Security Partnerships Are the Key to Fighting Cyber Threats

Oftentimes, collaboration is the best answer to responding to threats facing you, your company, your physical security, and data. That’s what Martyn Ryder, VP of Sales & Marketing at Morphean, explains in a recent piece  for IFSEC Global. He writes that during an era where security systems revolve around Internet networks, ever-complex systems, and cloud-based data, trusted partnerships between different security sectors — both cyber and physical security experts — are necessary to keep your business protected. In his article, Ryder states that, traditionally, the cyber and physical security worlds have been kept separate. Physical security experts have often been…