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1. Free Guide: The Complete Guide to Emergency Readiness for Retail and Hospitality Properties

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

Being prepared for an emergency may save lives, provide incident stabilization and protect your property. This guide provides retail and hospitality properties with general information about emergency preparedness that can be used to create site-specific emergency response guidelines. Download this free Complete Guide to Emergency Readiness for Retail and Hospitality Properties from Valor Security Services to learn how to best prepare for emergencies.


2. Must-Have Guide to Crowd Management and Special Event Security

Valor Security Services Advisor | Mar 19, 2014

Security plays a key role in the success of any special event or promotion. Effective crowd management is vital to a safe, enjoyable event for shoppers, tenants and property management. To learn about various types of crowds and their behaviors, considerations when preparing for a special event and how to respond to escalating crowds, download this free Must-Have Guide to Crowd Management and Special Event Security from Valor Security Services.


3. Hotels increase security with new technology, but staff training remains essential

Valor Security Services Advisor | Mar 19, 2014

New technology, such as video systems that provide facial recognition and smarter key card systems that notify management if a card has been tried multiple times, can help hotels to increase security. However, Tom McElroy, a partner at the Hospitality Security Consulting Group, says that training staff to be courteous and aware is still essential. Greeting a guest in the hallway makes them feel welcomed, but "for a criminal, it means a staff member has seen them and might identify them later," McElroy said. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/27)


4. Free Guide: Preventing, Preparing for and Responding to Threats of Terror

Valor Security Services Advisor | Mar 19, 2014

Recent incidents remind us that we must be constantly vigilant for threats of terror in our country. Understanding what suspicious activity may look like and what to do if you witness the behavior can mean the difference between life and death. Valor Security has compiled information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and our own "Doesn't Look Right" program into a "Suspicious Activity Guide" to help prepare security personnel to assist federal, state and local efforts to deter, prevent, preempt or respond to terrorist attacks. To download the guide, click here.


5. Column: Points to consider when planning for blackouts

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

Power interruptions cause far-reaching damage to a hotel's operations and therefore should be part of a property's business continuity plan, writes Stefan Vito Hiller, founder and managing director of Sky Touch Global Hotel Security Consulting. Among the critical issues that hoteliers need to plan for in case of a prolonged blackout are cooling units for food preservation, heating during winter, anti-theft measures and ways to keep guests occupied, Hiller writes. eHotelier.com (04/01)


6. Hotel experts ponder airport-like security measures

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

Hotels seeking to increase security may install security checkpoints similar to airports, but cost and logistics may hamper the effort, according to hotel security consultant Stefan Vito Hiller. Hotels have many access points to cover with scanners and personnel, and can also inconvenience guests. eHotelier.com (03/24)


7. Online retailers race to reduce risk from Heartbleed Bug

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

The Heartbleed Bug, a flaw that could help hackers steal consumer data from secure Web pages, has online retailers moving quickly to install patches and test their systems for flaws, security experts say. Internet Retailer (04/09)


8. TSA reminds travelers to pack their guns in checked luggage

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

The Transportation Security Administration is reminding travelers that handguns are not permitted in carry-on bags and that fliers are responsible for what they are carrying. In two recent, separate incidents, men were stopped at Washington, D.C., airports with guns in their bags. Both said they had forgotten the weapons were in their carry-on luggage. WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (04/09) ABC News (04/09)


9. Boston hotels boost security ahead of marathon

Valor Security Services Advisor | Apr 16, 2014

Boston, Mass., area hotels are boosting security with bomb-sniffing dogs, additional manpower and stricter luggage policies ahead of this year's marathon. Several establishments have added security training for staff and others are working with other local businesses to prepare for the thousands of runners and spectators that will arrive in the city. Last year, a bomb placed near the marathon site killed three and injured hundreds more. Security Director News (Langhorne, Pa.) (free registration) (03/24)


10. Congress focused on notification standard for breaches

Valor Security Services Advisor | Mar 19, 2014

Members of Congress seem likely to support a single standard for notifying customers when security breaches place their data at risk. But financial industry observers say that action alone won't prevent breaches like those at major retailers late last year. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., says lawmakers also could find bipartisan agreement on a requirement that debit cards have the same fraud protection as credit cards. But beyond that, Warner said, Congress is likely to move slowly on the issue. Roll Call (free content) (03/12)




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