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1. New hotel assessment tool helps meet duty of care obligations

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Hotels needing to respond to requests from corporate travel and security departments regarding meeting their duty of care obligations now have a uniform hotel assessment form to assist with providing timely and accurate information. In addition, the tool enables tour operators and meeting planners, airlines, and third-party service providers to use a uniform tool for conducting conduct security, safety, and health surveys and assessments of hotels.


2. Guest safety is first task when a hotel is threatened by a gunman, says security expert

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

If a gunman threatens a hotel, the first task of hotel management is to move guests to safe location, says Mike Cahn, director of security for the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Unless there is a roaming shooter, a full evacuation is not usually necessary, but all guests in neighboring rooms should be taken to a lobby, ballroom or alternate guest room. The next step is to stem further commotion. Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The (08/11) WCAU-TV (Philadelphia) (08/20)


3. Security experts see pattern emerging in retail breaches

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

The latest payments breach, which affected grocery chains Albertsons and SUPERVALU, likely is linked to other retailer attacks, security experts say. A senior manager at Trend Micro says it's likely that one crime group is perpetrating the attacks, and a Gartner analyst says many more retailers probably have been attacked than is yet known. BankInfoSecurity.com (08/15)


4. Community plans boycott of Ga. shopping center for lack of security

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

A group of community organizers in Atlanta, Ga., say they are planning a boycott of the Edgewood Retail District if the property management company doesn't implement stricter security measures. The community group is asking for brighter lights throughout parking lots, panic buttons, a better camera system and at least two armed guards after a string of violent crimes in the area. WXIA-TV (Atlanta) (08/12)


5. Valor Security Services joins National Preparedness Month Ready Campaign

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Next month is National Preparedness Month and Valor Security Services has again joined the Ready campaign, created by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. National Preparedness Month was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness throughout all communities in the U.S. and taking an active role in helping our local communities prepare for emergencies. If you've seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We've seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time. We’re taking steps as an organization to become better prepared and informed and we urge you to take time to do the same at home and at your mall or resort property. To learn more on how to get your security team and mall, hotel or resort property prepared, download our free Emergency Preparedness Guide.


6. Swiss hotel group set to open high-security property in Myanmar

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

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7. Security breaches are retailers' own fault for not being proactive, says expert

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Stephen Boyer, founder and CTO of security ratings firm BitSight Technologies, says their data shows that the capabilities of the retail sector to detect and respond to security breaches are not on par with other industries. "Attackers are learning that retail has largely been reactive in its security strategy and does not take precautions to prevent a breach until after an incident has occurred," says Boyer. Network World (07/29)


8. Venture capital firms see opportunity in cybersecurity innovation

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Enterprise demand for innovative new security solutions will drive a spike in the amount of private funding flowing into cybersecurity startups, according to a study from PrivCo. The financial data firm forecasts a 74% increase in seed capital for early stage cybersecurity companies, with startups expected to see $788 million in venture capital money this year, up from $452 million last year and $160 million in 2011. CNNMoney (07/21)


9. Law enforcement taking more active role in video verification technology development

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Law enforcement feedback was a key feature of the recently released for a series of best practices by Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response. Chris Vinson, head of the Texas Police Chiefs Association Alarm Committee, says alarms have to "maintain a level of confidence if they want to keep that level of priority." Security Director News (Langhorne, Pa.) (free registration) (08/08)


10. Small-business tips to guard against common hacks

Valor Security Services Advisor | Aug 20, 2014

Headline-grabbing hacks of major retailers and financial institutions rarely provide actionable information to help small and midsize businesses guard against similar cloud, systems and domain-name intrusions. To boost security, small businesses and individual account holders should insist on two-factor authentication for every account that's linked to others, select a lesser-used e-mail address for password recoveries and select private, auto-renewing registrations for any domains they control. CIO.com (08/13)




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