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The O Blog presented by Orion Security SolutionsThe O, presented by Orion Security Solutions, is a weekly blog dedicated to sharing our global expertise and securing your world. If you're looking for knowledge, advice, creative solutions or a more comprehensive understanding of how to implement the latest security technologies into new and existing security solutions, you'll want to be sure to check out The O every Wednesday.
29
Jan

Labeling

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Security systems of all kinds require cabling. Cabling organization requires proper labeling. Without proper labeling, technicians and other responsible parties will quickly get lost trying to figure out where all the associated cables go. The vast majority of the jobs I have surveyed that were done by other firms lacked proper cable management and labeling, which resulted in an unintelligible mess. In the most extreme example I worked on while young, a facility overseas had over 3,000 security devices with the cabling combined in a series of interface cabinets and there was little to no labeling of any kind. It took us months to discover what went where and to add labels to each cable.

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22
Jan

Responsible Gun Handling

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I wanted to deter a bit from the technical security world and discuss responsible gun handling. With all the recent shooting events in public venues and government crackdown on gun ownership, many people are buying up guns and ammunition. While owning guns is our constitutional right, handling guns responsibly is our duty. Like any potentially dangerous objects, gun owners should establish and follow responsible handling procedures to prevent accidental injuries.

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13
Jan

Password Managers

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Passwords, it seems almost every place you go online requires a username and password. Security experts’ emphasis the importance of not using the same password for multiple logins to lower your risk in case one site is compromised. So, you try to do your due diligence and create a password scheme for the sites that you need to log into. This scheme works for a while until the site makes you change your password every 60, 90 or 120 days. There are always some sites that you do not log into that often and can't remember if you scheme appended an incremental number or even a letter to the end of the last password. So, like me, you are no stranger to the “Reset Password” link.

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08
Jan

New Year Security Threats

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Orion Security Solutions wants to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. It is hard to believe another year has gone by so quickly, but the New Year will bring many new opportunities and experiences along with new threats to our national, personal, and corporate security. New security threats emerge as technologies and tactics adapt to security measures that were previously instituted. We have seen many attacks on our public venues in recent years and I suspect the New Year will bring additional threats to these types of locations, deemed by terrorists and attacks as “soft targets”. Marathons, schools, theaters, and other public venues have got the brunt of these threats and remain at risk from these threats.

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25
Dec

Identity Protection (Part 4)

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What do you do if your efforts to protect your identity have seemingly failed and you find indications that your identity has been compromised? What steps do you need to take immediately and how do you mitigate the effects of stolen identity? To answer these questions, we will explore a few things that are extremely important to have in place prior to the failure of identity protection strategies. Taking a few proactive steps now can make the process of identity recovery much easier later. Caution against having the “it couldn’t happen to me” syndrome.

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