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5 Months Later: Sandy Hook School Violence

20 schoolchildren and 6 adult staff members fatally shot.  It was nearly five months ago that horrific school violence struck Sandy Hook Elementary school in the northeastern United States. In the first days and few weeks after the shootings, the world embraced Sandy Hook, the grieving parents, the entire community, and all the surviving children […]

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Mandated Video Surveillance?

In Michigan, a recent gas station abduction case has stirred national attention.  Newspapers and national morning news shows have focused on the case of missing gas station attendant Jessica Heeringa, asking viewers to be watching for a suspect outlined in a police sketch and to contact authorities with any information in the case. The case […]

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A Not So Great Conversation

I am a huge advocate of reviewing and discussing the future of the security industry.  Doing so will help our industry navigate a path forward—a path where security is a valued, relevant, and a vital player in corporate leadership.   Failing to consider and discuss the future of the security industry insures stagnation and relegation to […]

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Keynotes and Double Trouble

Sometimes I feel like a broken record writing about the shortcuts being taken by security media and industry associations.  But a few of us (including IPVM, who has blazed the trail) will continue to draw attention to weak “reporting” and sketchy “industry activities” until some much needed change takes place. Today it’s the SecurityInfoWatch article […]

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Let’s Stick Together

What do the ACLU, Secret Service Scandal, and Hacktivist Group Anonymous all have in common?  Right now, they are all on the frontlines of attacking or embarrassing the security profession.  In short, they are damaging the security industry and distracting the public from all the good done by Security Professionals. The bruises and black eyes […]

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Our Kids Deserve Better

It is no secret that the bureaucracy within our educational system is hampering the security of students at schools in the United States.  In New Jersey, Clifton High School has increased the security risks to their student population by delaying the implementation of security upgrades for nearly a year now. That’s right, the Board of […]

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School Violence: Focus on “Prevention”

Another school shooting today.  This time in California.  As I write seven are dead and three are wounded.  Earlier there was an hour of live reporting and helicopter video on cable news until the gunmen was apprehended some distance from the school. And then it was back to regular programming.  It will be a big […]

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Caution Ahead: Loyalty

Workplace loyalty is a two way street and largely absent on both sides of the yellow line today.  It wasn’t always like this in the workplace.  Security Professionals are as caught up in the flow of traffic as anyone. There was a time when employers invested in their staff and employees sought to grow (in […]

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