Phishing Scam

Recently, some of our clients have shared stories regarding phishing attacks within their organizations. Have you, your employees or your organization become a victim of phishing? There are a few steps you can take to help protect your company. Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly more common, costing organizations worldwide over $4.5 billion every year. Over fifty percent internet users receive at least one phishing email per day.

Here are a few tips to help prevent you, your employees and your organization from becoming victims of a phishing scheme.

Don’t trust the display name: Always check the display name – if it looks suspicious don’t open the email. Many phishing schemes will utilize a spoofed address – so make certain you are diligent.

Look but don’t click: Hover over any links embedded in an email, don’t click if they look suspicious or strange.

Are there spelling or grammatical errors? The email content of many phishing attacks will contain spelling or grammatical errors.

Are they asking for personal information? This is a huge red flag – never give up personal information.

Is the language in the email threatening? If you receive an email that your account has been suspended, don’t respond. If you feel the email is legitimate, you can contact your vendors directly to handle a potential suspension.

Is there a brand logo in the header? Many phishing attempts use an email template designed to imitate the legitimate brand. Be careful before clicking on any email and ensure that the email actually originates from the brand indicated.

Don’t click on attachments: Many viruses and malware are delivered via an email attachment. A good rule to follow is to not open an attachment you were not expecting.

Security Guard Companies – Top Security for Your Business Isn’t Top Secret

security guard companiesSecurity guard companies can make a huge difference for your company or organization.  The secret to security for your business doesn’t need to be kept behind a locked door, only to come out when you have a big event or a local disturbance.

You can have 24-hour security and a wealth of other services by hiring a reputable, licensed security guard company.   Not only will you be putting your business security into the hands of the professionals, you’ll have the confidence that comes with knowing you’ve done the best for your business, your products and your employees.

In addition to the real services offered by security guard companies, you will enjoy the intangibles of that sense of protection, the knowledge that you’re being proactive and taking preventative measures.  The tangibles that a full-service security guard company like Absolute Investigative Services can provide include:

  • 24-hour security – On-site or monitored off-site, but it will be 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Armed or unarmed guards – Just the presence of an armed guard can deter criminals. Even seeing an unarmed guard at the door or on the property is intimidating enough that the amateur offender will give up and choose an easier target.  Guards on-site also make employees and visitors feel safer.  They can walk people to their cars in deserted parking lots and look out for strangers on the property.
  • Marked and unmarked security vehicles – Security guard presence at your business means business. A deterrent, it is also a silent sign citing, “this is a safe work place.”
  • Radio communication with patrol cars – For peace of mind, you can have the capability to communicate with patrol cars on your premises.
  • Executive protection – Think “body guard,” but more subtle. These guards can be uniformed or plain-clothed, but their sole mission is to keep their assigned person safe.  They enter rooms ahead of the subject, they check out the situation, their eyes are always moving, anticipating, preparing.
  • Handling crimes – A security guard company can also be there to handle any crimes that do occur. They will make your job easier and they know the protocol to make sure the perpetrator comes to trial.

 

Event Security Tips

Event Security – Are you planning an outdoor event?

Here are 6 key considerations to ensure your event is safe and fun for everyone.

1. Hire an Onsite Security Guard Service

Hiring an onsite security guard service helps keep your event safe in many ways. The presence of security guards often serves as a deterrent to criminal activity. An event security guard service provides professional guards to patrol the grounds, monitor activity and provide crowd management keeping your event safe and fun.

2. Understand the Potential Hazards of the Event Site

Prior to the event, a visit to the site will help you visualize any possible problem areas that are potentially a danger to your visitors. You should be aware of natural hazards like ponds or rivers. Verify that the lighting is adequate and can be patrolled by your security service.

3. Ensure all proper permits and licenses are obtained and local and/or state authorities are aware you are planning an event.
If something terrible befalls your event, the authorities/emergency will be prepared to respond. It’s also preferable to ask your onsite event security service to work with these local entities so that all teams are in communication and ready to spring into action if necessary.

4. Create Boundaries

Rope off restricted areas and post signage regarding trespassing. Clearly mark designated walking areas and block off the areas you want to maintain as restricted. You can manage the traffic flow of attendees in and out of your event safely by letting them know how to navigate the event.

5. Parking Lot Patrol

Your onsite security guard can offer parking lot guidance for your event. If you are expecting a large attendance for the event, having a professional onsite event security guard service in place will ensure order and safety.

6. Have an Emergency Plan in Place

Be prepared for anything. Remember Murphy’s Law “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Have an emergency plan in place that will handle the worst possible scenario so that your event is ready for anything.

Absolute Investigative and Security Services can ensure that your event is properly prepared and protected. Call us today and let us give you the security and peace of mind you need!

Security Guard vs. Security Officer : Is There a Difference?

Do you know the difference between a security guard vs. a security officer?  Most people think that a security guard and security officer are two words for the same thing.  Completely untrue, they are very different occupations.  Both of them do share the same objective in their work, and that is to keep something secure, or protect it.  However, the pay, responsibility, requirements, and experience may vastly differ.

Security Guards

A security guard, unlike officers, are the lower ranking of the two.  Usually, a security guard would work under a security officer, and would not be required to have as much experience in the field as an officer.  They may only have to pass entry level fitness and IQ tests, and typically get paid less than an officer.  Also, a security guard is usually positioned at one location to stand guard, report suspicious activity, and provide information to customers or visitors at places like museums, stores, outdoor events, and much more.

Security Officers

Security officers most commonly give orders to or manage a group of security guards, and generally oversee their operations.  They also train security guards sometimes, since they usually have more experience in the field. While they enjoy a higher pay scale, they are also given more responsibility and are required to have more experience than a guard.  Also, unlike a security guard, an officer is more mobile, and isn’t usually “stationed” at one location.  He or she may travel to all the different places their guards are positioned at to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Both a security officer and a guard are  important jobs, and should be given to trusted, licensed, professional applicants.  If you’d like to learn more about security guards or officers, or need to enlist some security professionals, check out our security guard services.

Some Safety Tips If You Are Shopping This Holiday Season

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The Holiday Season is here and time to think about safety.  The malls, shopping centers, and toy stores are the busiest they will be all year.  This also means that the amount of robberies and crimes that occur around these places increases with their business.  Parking lot robberies happen in malls and parking garages more than anywhere else, so it is important to be informed of what to do in case you are involved in one.  Here are some safety tips if you plan on doing some Holiday shopping this year :

1.) Bring a friend!  If you don’t have a husband or wife, try to find a friend of yours who also needs to get some shopping done, and ask them to accompany you.  This way you don’t have to walk to your car alone when you are leaving with all of the presents you just bought for your friends and family.  There’s safety in numbers!

2.) Wallets are replaceable!  If you do encounter a criminal in the parking lot or garage, and they ask for your wallet or your shopping bags, give it to them!  Even if you think you are bigger or can overpower the robber, there’s no telling what he could resort to.  Also, when you do give this person whatever they are asking for, do not hand it to them.  Toss it away from you so that you have time to run to your car when he or she is going for that, chances are they’re more interested in that than you.

3.) Take Escalators/Elevators, No Stairwells!  You should always take the elevator or escalator instead of stairwells.  While it is a better workout, walking up and down the stairs, they are horrible places to be alone in, and a lot of crimes take place in them, especially at night.

4.) Pay attention!  When you are walking back to your car, be vigilant.  Look at your car, if there is anyone sitting in any of the cars parked near your car, be aware of them.  Always look under your car to make sure there is no one under it as well.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.

5.) Don’t hang around!  When you do get back to your car, leave.  Some people have a tendancy to sit in their car for a little and maybe check what they got or  balance their checkbook, but it’s a bad idea.  This is the perfect opportunity for someone to get in your car and cause trouble for you.

We hope these safety tips help you out during this Holiday Season.