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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. 

From Workplace Violence to Hybrid Office Models — 5 Security Concerns

As the world continues to reopen and return to normal after two full years of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are starting to adjust to a reality where physical security concerns are evolving somewhat from where they were back in 2019. With physical and cyber security so integrated, we are in an era where business leaders have to stay abreast of the latest developments in how to keep themselves, their companies, and their assets safe. In a recent post, Security Magazine’s Ryan Schonfeld outlines five of the key physical security concerns you should have right now for your business. Here’s anContinue reading “From Workplace Violence to Hybrid Office Models — 5 Security Concerns”

A Booming Industry: Global Physical Security Industry to Make $153B by 2023

Something that those in the physical security world know is that it is a thriving industry. In recent years, as unprecedented security threats have emerged worldwide — from growing mass cybersecurity hacks to complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic — keeping firms’ data and assets safe has been a pressing priority. A new report just released by Allied Market Research, has shown that the global physical security industry has hit new heights over the past six years. They found that the industry generated $78 billion in 2016, while that number is expected to grow to $153 billion by 2023,Continue reading “A Booming Industry: Global Physical Security Industry to Make $153B by 2023”

How COVID-19 Affected the Physical Security Workforce

It’s no surprise that the global COVID-19 pandemic upended the normal churn of daily life for almost everyone. On a macro level, this affected every industry, as normal practices for running “business as usual” were turned on their head. This was the case for the physical security sector. Recently, Corey Sipe for Total Security Advisor took a deep dive investigating the ways the global health crisis impacted the physical security industry. He writes that the turnover rate for physical security jobs was already high — in 2019 and at the start of the pandemic in 2020, a survey by ThinkcurityContinue reading “How COVID-19 Affected the Physical Security Workforce”

Businesses Experienced More Physical Security in Past Year, Need to Stay Vigilant

On Feb. 22 the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence released a sobering report — companies have experienced a wave of physical security threats during a time when they embraced hybrid work models during COVID-19. The report suggests that, in general, companies are poorly equipped to pivot to the complications raised by new threats. The data comes from the “2022 State of Protective Intelligence Report — Heightened Threats, Business Continuity and Advancing Protective Intelligence: Perception Versus Reality in Corporate America.” It offers a snapshot of how corporations are approaching this current era where more physical threats emerge and new ways toContinue reading “Businesses Experienced More Physical Security in Past Year, Need to Stay Vigilant”

New Renewable Energy Options Might Pose Cybersecurity Risks

Given that we are in an age where renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels are being embraced, experts are saying new technologies designed to lead us to a more sustainable future might bring with them surprising cybersecurity risks. A report just out of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a UK-based defense and security think tank, spotlights some of the risks tied to the current move away from fossil fuels. A review of the cybersecurity risks of renewable energy practices “Renewables offer huge opportunities for the UK to become more self-sufficient in energy production whilst mitigating effects of climate change.Continue reading “New Renewable Energy Options Might Pose Cybersecurity Risks”

Android Warns That More Than 500,000 People Hit by Malware

As we look ahead to the start of a new year, we are reminded that cybersecurity threats are decidedly not receding into the background. At the end of 2021, it was revealed that more than 500,000 Android device users installed an app that transmitted “Joker malware.” The app was downloaded from the Google Play store, ZDNet reports. Cybersecurity experts at Pradeo first pinpointed this malware and Google says it has removed it from its Android marketplace. If you are an Android user and you missed this news during the holiday season, end-of-year frenzy of family and activities, take note. TheContinue reading “Android Warns That More Than 500,000 People Hit by Malware”

CISA: This Cybersecurity Vulnerability Will Impact ‘Hundreds of Millions of Devices’

Just this past week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued a serious warning — the Log4j vulnerability, which is a common utility that just runs in the background on many software tools written in Java  — might impact hundreds of millions of devices. ABC News recently covered the announcement, citing a conference call where CISA Director Jenn Easterly sounded the alarm. During the call, she alerted both government officials and cybersecurity industry leaders. “Basically, it’s an open door that could allow a bad actor in to either steal your data to launch a ransomware attack, you name it. It’sContinue reading “CISA: This Cybersecurity Vulnerability Will Impact ‘Hundreds of Millions of Devices’”

Tips for Staying Safe at Work from the Santa Rosa Police

Be alert for pickpockets on crowded elevators. Be aware of escape routes for emergencies and post the police and fire department numbers near telephones. Don’t leave cash or valuables at the office. If you are in an elevator with another person, stand near the control panel. if attacked, press the alarm and as many of the control buttons as possible. If you work alone or before/after normal business hours, keep the office door locked. If you work late, try to find another worker or a security guard to walk out with you. Never leave your purse or billfold in plainContinue reading “Tips for Staying Safe at Work from the Santa Rosa Police”