Government buildings and facilities security should be designed not only for the moment of an attack, but for daily operations and the human element that exists in the building every day.

Government Facility Security Designed for Humans

Government Buildings

As international security expert Luke Bencie highlighted in a recent interview, security—and especially government facility security—always boils down to “the human factor.” Or, really, the human factors. Bencie highlighted the two-sided coin of target vs. attacker. Understanding these perspectives is vital to any proper security assessment. But integrating your assessment’s …

American culture, one where most people try to be polite and follow the rules, may be compromising security in certain sectors, specifically government building security.

American Culture’s Affect on Government Building Security

Government Buildings

In the United States, niceness—our tendency to hear someone out, follow instructions, and extend the benefit of the doubt—makes it much easier to ensure government building security. “From my experience,” explains Luke Bencie, managing director at Security Management International, “Americans are nice: if you give them a good reason why …

smart buildings are technologically-advanced structures that are designed to these solutions can improve an organization's bottom line while improving the quality of life for the people inside.

Integrating Security Into the Growing Smart Building Market

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It’s no wonder the Edge in Amsterdam has been touted as the world’s smartest building. Everything is connected to the Internet. Lighting, temperature controls – even espresso machines and bathroom towel dispensers – are linked to central dashboards that track usage patterns and adjust settings or send alerts, accordingly. Employees …

The Human Element of Physical Security Design

How the Human Element Affects Physical Security Design

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“Too often people look at security as a fix that can be dropped in place,” notes Jim Richards, CEO of Total Security Solutions, the nation’s leading custom bulletproof systems designer, fabricator, and installer. “People assume it’s mostly a matter of swapping out standard windows and doors for bullet resistant ones. …

gaps in physical security can be caused by employees being too trusting and polite.

How “Nice People” Create Critical Physical Security Gaps

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What’s the top physical security challenge for corporate offices: Active shooter? Angry protestors? Disgruntled employees? Terrorism? Armed robbery? No. The number one thing causing gaps in physical security, according to most security and facilities managers: People being too polite. Office security is regularly hamstrung by workers swiping their keycard and holding …