Tip of the Week

The Information You Need to Survive an Active Shooter

30 November in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Crisis Response, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week Travel Safety

The Department of Homeland Security defines an "active shooter" as an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. There is no real method to their selection of victims, but studies have shown that 45% of active shootings occur in a place of business followed by schools, government properties and open spaces. Your chances of surviving an active shooter situation are greatly enhanced by mental and physical preparation. Here's what you need to know to survive: 1. Run:...

Information to Gather if Involved in an Automobile Collision

30 November in Tip of the Week

The aftermath of an automobile collision frequently leaves you dealing with insurance companies and often attorneys if legal action is undertaken. Your successful outcome may depend on what and how much information you gather at the scene. Always first render aid, call 911 and ensure you are safe from danger presented by traffic at the collision site. You should then focus on gathering good information. Here are some things to remember if you are involved in a collision: 1. Do not admit liability - Even if...

Tip of the Week: National Preparedness Month!

26 September in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Business Continuity Planning, Tip of the Week Corporate Security

September is National Preparedness Month! Two of the largest natural disasters hit within a two-week period. This is a reminder to update your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. The key to protecting your assets and becoming resilient in the face of a natural disaster, cyber-attack, or random power outage, is having a solid plan in place. Here are 9 tips in protecting your assets from such disasters so that you are prepared and protected. Keep your plan updated and accessible to key team members. This...

Tip of the Week: Simple Steps for Router Security in Your Home

27 July in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week: Security Consulting

In most home networks, the router is your primary defense against hackers gaining access to all the internet-connected devices in your home. Unfortunately, many top brand Wi-Fi routers are easily hacked. You should be concerned — set up your wi-fi properly. Home routers use WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). This is wireless networking that makes connections between a router and a wireless device faster. It is protected by a seven-digit PIN and a final checksum digit. This PIN is found on...

Tip of the Week: Ransomeware Make You WannaCry

01 June in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security

The threats posed by ransomware continue to increase as does their sophistication and complexity. Ransomware is a malicious piece of software that once it gets into your computing device will begin encrypting your files so you can no longer access them without the password or passphrase to decrypt them. The creators of these programs then demand payment before releasing these needed codes. The damage caused by these incidents can be quite traumatic. Losses due to work stoppages or time spent trying to...

Tip of the Week: Inside the Mind of a Burglar – Steps to Keep You Safe

26 May in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

A Video, ‘Inside the Mind of a Thief | Burglar Confessions’, was released by the Allen, Texas Police Department. It's an interview with a career burglar who spent over 20 years breaking into hundreds of homes and describes how he conducted his crimes. The following list emerges from the interview with important crime prevention tips to keep you from becoming a victim: 1. Alarm signs promoting a wireless capability would be a total deterrence. Warning signs for dogs and alarm systems would make him take notice but...