Cyber Talk Radio: Physical Security for Businesses and Homeowners

Bret Piatt, CTR Host, and Louis Wood, LAW Security Vice President - Episode 115 of Cyber Talk Radio

This past Saturday, December 8, episode 115 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Louis Wood, LAW Security Vice President, to discuss physical security best practices and tips for businesses and homeowners.

LAW Security is a family-owned business that has been around over 40 years. Louis’ parents founded the security business as a result of a home invasion. Once the Wood family experienced being a victim of an invasion, they noticed there wasn’t a company out there that could help them with their home security needs. From a security training and expertise perspective, even cybersecurity certifications like the CISSP require knowledge around physical security because it is such an important aspect of protecting both your physical and digital assets. One of our previous guests, Tom DeSot of Digital Defense, highlighted ways you can do penetration testing to see if you have any physical access vulnerabilities in how people can enter your business’s physical location and potential steal critical assets.

What are entry level security precautions that need to be implemented to meet insurance requirements? To start, you need an UL approved central station monitor. According to Louis, 87 percent of home break-ins happen through the back door. Louis recommends hardening the areas of your home or business that contain expensive valuables (jewelry, cash collector’s items, etc) such as a master bedroom or vault. How often do people go above and beyond for security like installing bars or panic rooms? What are some of the security precaution differences on the commercial side vs residential? For businesses, the level of security depends on the company's industry such as a retail store, law firm, bank, etc. A few common methods that businesses use for entryway locks/access are RFID, Biometric scanners or fobs. The other most common physical security practice is installing cameras. LAW Security encourages IP cameras. Be cautious when choosing a camera as some Chinese-made cameras are vulnerable to attack.
I shared an example of a fairly recent denial-of-service attack that used 4K video streams to bring down major Internet sites. “According to security researchers, malware known as Mirai has been taking advantage of these vulnerabilities by infecting the devices and using them to launch huge distributed denial-of service attacks, including Friday’s outage.”

What are some security best practices and tips for businesses? Louis recommends first starting with a plan and think about what would happen if someone were to try to burglarize your business. Also, it’s key to deter unwanted visitors and physically harden the space with motion detection and monitoring with an alarm. Want an example of what not to do? Here is a video of a burglary gone bad. As we are deep into the holiday season, be aware of your surroundings and any package deliveries that you will receive at home or at your business. Package theft is going to increase! Make sure to install a doorbell camera to help deter thieves. Louis also offers an online store for security equipment such as network video recorders (NVRs), cameras, monitors and more.

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