An audit is an important first step in any new physical security job. It can also be a powerful tool to assess security at an existing customer’s facility, especially as new threats emerge and technology evolves.

The Dos and Don'ts of a Physical Security Audit

When starting your next physical security audit, keep the following dos and don’ts in mind:
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Video surveillance is among the fastest-growing segments of the physical security industry, in part because it offers significant benefits to customers of all kinds and all sizes.

5 Steps Toward Completing Your Best Video Surveillance Project

Video surveillance projects can become complicated. Here are the five steps that will help you complete your best video surveillance project.
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Every year, organizations around the globe spend a total of more than $100 billion on physical security technologies. Their goal, of course, is to restrict access to people, facilities, products, and other assets. But are the systems you install actually getting the job done?

The 4-Step Physical Security Audit

Physical security audits can be lengthy, highly involved processes. To get started, follow these four steps.
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When you’re discussing IT security with your clients, you’ll no doubt run into a broad range of concerns from people with varying levels of technical literacy. On one hand, you might have a non-technical executive pointing to a headline and utterly convinced that the threat that’s making the news today is the one the business needs to be prepared to defend against, whether that’s realistic or not. On the other hand, you might find yourself in a meeting with a director or another high-ranking executive who doesn’t see why funds should be spent on an audit and revamp of the company’s IT setup to identify and fix potential holes when things seem to be plugging along just fine as they are (while you see someone from IT sitting in the corner, rolling his or her eyes or wringing his or her hands).

How to Address Your Client's Top Concerns About Digital Security

Here are a few approaches to keep in mind when you’re discussing your client’s concerns about digital security.
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Throughout the video surveillance industry, new opportunities are leading to increased competition. For value-added resellers (VARs) both large and small, this presents a fitting opportunity to take stock and assess how you stack up.

Want to Differentiate Yourself in the Video Surveillance Market? Follow These 4 Tips.

Is your business standing out among the crowded video surveillance market? If not, you may need to determine a few ways to differentiate yourself from the rest.
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Developing a physical security plan for a new customer can be a daunting process. After all, this document means to be a comprehensive plan for securing an entire facility or organization—which certainly requires a lot of insight and technical knowledge.

Common Physical Security Plan Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Five of the most common physical security plan mistakes that you should avoid:
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Given the advantages that open-source applications offer in a business environment, it’s no surprise that they’ve been catching on. Being able to download a piece of software and install it without having to deal with the cost of licensing is an obvious plus for startups watching every penny. Using a free open-source application rather than buying a business license for a piece of software that will be used infrequently makes sense for businesses of any size. And an IT team being able to sit down and build something around an open-source database instead of having to convince the C-suite to invest in a proprietary license can keep important projects from stalling out because of in-house bureaucracy or low prioritization.

3 Security Tools for Keeping Your Open-Source Apps Secure

Here are three security tools to help keep your open-source apps secure.
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From the employee’s-eye view, sometimes a business network has a lot of apparently unnecessary protocols in place that make handling day-to-day activities difficult. Network slowdowns and access restrictions make it seem reasonable to circumvent network security just to get things done. This is even truer in the case of consultants, contractors, and other outside business people working in house, where doing the job requires using specific tools unique to the office’s network, but the contractor has to wait…and wait…in order to be set up for access through IT. With the advent of MiFi routers and the ability to turn smartphones into stand-alone wireless hubs, end users now have ways to work around the restrictive networks of their employers—but not without risk to the organization.

3 Things That Security Distributors Should Know About BYON

Here are three things that security distributors should know about BYON.
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As the number and nature of threats that your customers face continue to evolve, they require the right technology to enable their facility to achieve a high level of security and incident response. However, the systems you choose aren’t the only factor in a successful project; it’s also vital to ensure that you are listening to your customer, looking to the future, and following best practices for each installation.

6 Tips for a Successful Access Control Installation

Before you begin your next access control installation, read over these six tips that can help make it a success.
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If you thought that ransomware had disappeared with the original CryptoLocker botnet being shut down in 2014, you are unfortunately mistaken. Though that particular big-name threat isn’t the scourge it once was, ransomware has continued to proliferate. The number of threats and their severity are unfortunately on the rise. And like all malware, ransomware has become more sophisticated and is even beginning to crop up on operating systems once believed to be safe from such threats.

3 Digital Security Best Practices for Beating Ransomware

Here are three digital security best practices for beating ransomware.
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Researchers estimate that the global access control market is growing at a rate of about 30 percent a year—an astounding figure, no matter what part of the world you live in. No doubt you’ve incorporated various access control systems into your product offering and are looking for ways to continue your success in the future. But how does your approach stack up against industry best practices?

Are You Following These 6 Access Control Best Practices?

As the access control market continues to boom, now is the time to ensure that you are following these six key access control best practices.
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