Homeland Security issues guidelines for Faith-Based Communities

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Homeland Security issues guidelines for Faith-Based Communities

The Department of Homeland Security has released new guidelines for Faith-Based Communities. This is due to a “heightened threat environment” in part to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. The agency said it has recently increased coordination with “hundreds of community leaders” in “faith-based communities” around the country.

Among the list of recommendations are several technology-related solutions. We can help evaluate, quote, and install the following guidelines:

  • Monitor parking areas and all access and entry points with video surveillance systems.
  • Incorporate access control for critical areas such as IT/electrical rooms, finance offices, and children’s ministries.
  • Exercise caution online by:

-Installing apps only from reputable sources.

-Monitoring emails for suspicious content.

-Ensuring devices are up to date.

-Utilizing third-party vendors to scrub online presence

  • Have standardized IT policies and maintenance:

-Update software/hardware regularly.

-Require strong passwords for access.

-Secure all data and files on the network, and secure the router with encryption methods.

-Periodically check for unauthorized connections or devices.

  • For schools and daycares on property:

-Limit access to as few people as possible using a single point of entry, secure other access points, and ensure only authorized visitors are allowed entry with photo identification.

-Consider using a visitor management system.

You can find the full list of guidelines on the Department of Homeland Security’s website at: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/2023-12/physical-security-performance-goals-faith-based-communities-508c.pdf

If your organization would like an assessment for recommendations for any of these guidelines, we provide our initial consultations and quotes at no cost.