Skip to the main content.
About our VOSB Designation

vosb_large

Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) is a company diversity registration designated under the Veteran Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-461). Registration ensures that companies qualify for preferential procurement for federal contracts if they are owned and controlled by Veterans.

This certification is non-industry specific and requires that the firm meets the small business requirements established by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Additionally, it requires that the company is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a veteran.

2 min read

Explained: Piggybacking versus Tailgating

When it comes to securing sensitive areas of a building, the terms "piggybacking" and "tailgating" often come up. Although they might seem similar at first glance, there are distinct differences between the two, and understanding these differences is crucial for implementing effective security measures.

Watch Eric explain this concept on LinkedIn and connect with us while you're there >>

Piggybacking refers to a situation where an unauthorized individual gains access to a restricted area with the consent of an authorized person, usually out of common courtesy amongst co-workers, even though it is not permitted. This could occur, for example, when an employee opens a secure door and knowingly allows someone else to enter the secure area with them, despite the latter not having the appropriate access rights. Piggybacking is often seen as a deliberate action by the authorized person to breach security protocols, whether due to malicious intent, negligence, or simply a misunderstanding of security policies. The key element that distinguishes piggybacking is the explicit or implicit permission granted by the authorized individual to the unauthorized person.

On the other hand, tailgating involves an unauthorized person slipping into a restricted area immediately behind an authorized person without their knowledge or consent. The authorized individual does not realize that they are being followed, and the intruder takes advantage of the momentarily open door or access point to gain entry. Tailgating is more stealthy than piggybacking and does not involve any complicity on the part of the authorized person. Instead, it exploits the natural flow of traffic into and out of secured areas, as well as potential lapses in attention or security practices by those who legitimately have access.

Both piggybacking and tailgating pose significant security risks to facilities, as they allow unauthorized access to sensitive or secure areas. Understanding the nuances between these two methods of unauthorized entry is essential for developing robust security policies and training programs. It highlights the need for comprehensive access control measures, including physical barriers, electronic access controls, and vigilant human oversight, to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access.

Check out Eric's on-demand webinar about our data center Ring of Security philosophy >>

image-png-Jan-09-2024-09-39-11-2421-PM

 

PHYSICAL SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS GUIDE

IN-HOUSE SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS magazine cover

We understand the challenges that security professionals face in securing their facilities and creating a safe environment within their budget. We also recognize the difficulty in finding the right resources and expert advice to achieve this mission.

That's why we're excited to announce the release of our considerations guide, designed specifically to help security professionals conduct their own in-house security risk assessment.

This comprehensive guide aims to assist you in identifying any missing or inadequate physical security measures that may compromise the safety and security of your assets, people, property, and critical business functions. While we highly recommend consulting with a third-party expert like Theseus Professional Services in certain cases, this guide will empower you to take a proactive approach to assess and address security risks within your organization.

The findings of a security risk assessment play a vital role in measuring and communicating the level of risk to your organization. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide, you can enhance the overall security of your facility while staying within your budget.

We believe that knowledge is power, and we're committed to providing you with valuable resources to help you achieve your security goals. Download our considerations guide today and take control of your facility's security.

  • Process Evaluation
  • Threats
  • Vulnerability Assessment Highlights
  • Electronic Security Systems Considerations
  • Site Considerations
  • Building Entrances and Exits
  • Common Functional Areas
  • Building Envelope
  • Utilities and Building Services
  • Building Systems

Download here >>

IN-HOUSE SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS magazine cover

 

 

 

NEW RESOURCE: PHYSICAL SECURITY FOR HEALTHCARE & HOSPITAL  FACILITIES GUIDE

DOWNLOAD OUR GUIDE FOR FREE TODAY

Our healthcare facility physical security guide outlines the unique needs of a medical facility, addressing key...

Read More

The Growing Threat of Flipper Zero: Urgent Call to Strengthen Access Control Security

The Flipper Zero multi-tool has emerged as a popular device among enthusiasts and potential bad actors alike. This palm-sized gadget, capable of...

Read More

The Crucial Role of Third-Party Risk Assessments in Security Planning

When it comes to designing a security solution for a campus or facility, the expertise of a certified professional, such as a Physical Security...

Read More