10 Cyber Security Tips for Small Businesses

While many large businesses suffered breaches, small and medium businesses were an easier target for hackers because of their lack of resources and security expertise. [...]

How Much Does Hiring a Security Company Cost

If you’re considering hiring a security guard, you’ll first want to know what kind of guarding solutions are right for your situation. You may pay as little as $20 per hour for an entry-level security guard, or you may pay more than...

Cyber Security Solutions Important for Small Business

Small businesses often lack the people, processes and security knowledge to protect themselves from cybercrime. Too many owners underestimate the security threat. In fact, two-thirds of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) had at least one incident in the past two years, and...

The Importance of Diverse Cyber Security Teams

Diversity is a foundational value for AGB Cyber Security Division. Its physical security parent, AGB Investigative Services, is the nation’s largest Black-owned security firm. But how does being a minority-owned business relate to cyber security services? Why is it important to have...

Ransomware Leaves Businesses Vulnerable, Not Defenseless

Ransomware attacks increasingly threaten the security of small businesses and nonprofits. Thousands of these victims will never be able to pay the hackers a cryptocurrency ransom to recover their databases or unlock their networks. Our CEO John Griffin Jr. wrote in Forbes...

AGB Executive Honored As Woman of Influence

Dr. Denitra Griffin, Co-Founder and President of AGB Investigative Services, as well as CEO of its charitable arm, The Always Giving Back Foundation, was recently selected as a Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence honoree. As one of ten female executives to...

How Physical Security Can Be Applied to Cybersecurity

Computer and network security is a complex issue for resource-constrained organizations. Businesses that would never leave a window or door unlocked can still be extremely vulnerable to a swarm of information security threats, from ransomware and malware to distributed denial of service...

Protect Against An Industrial Cyber Security Threat

When a Russian ransomware group, DarkSide, shut down Colonial Pipeline operations in May 2021, it was the largest cyber security attack against the nation’s critical infrastructure in history. The menacing threat that compelled the company to pay a $5 million ransom is...

Stay Ahead of Financial Institution Cybersecurity

It wasn’t too long ago that financial institutions relied heavily on physical security service to keep thieves at bay. From armed guards to impenetrable vaults, banks were incredibly knowledgeable on how to keep their physical assets secure. However, thieves no longer need...

AGB Named to 2021 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50

CHICAGO, June 17, 2021― For over a decade, Crain’s Fast 50 feature has highlighted companies headquartered in Chicago that have achieved impressive revenue gains in a variety of industries from technology to healthcare. As leaders in their respective areas, each company was...

7 Tips To Protect Your Business From Cyber Security Threats

Cyber security threats will forever become a post-pandemic norm. How will the 2021 cyber attacks affect small/medium and large corporations? Unfortunately, even the mightiest have fallen with the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline - an energy company which provides fuel for...

AGB Opens Cyber Security Center on Chicago’s South Side

The largest Black-owned security company in the nation celebrates the grand opening of their Cyber Security Center in efforts to bridge the digital divide for underrepresented minorities within technology MARQUETTE PARK, Il. (May 14, 2021) –AGB Investigative Services (“AGB”) will open its...

Integrated Physical Security Pays Off for Multifamily Properties

Rental management companies must bolster apartment security with effective integrated physical security service. Video and security guard surveillance systems and patrolling security guards at a multifamily property increase the effectiveness of physical barriers at deterring and detecting intruders. The best way to...

3 Keys To Rethinking Apartment Security

Social distancing, economic hardship and civil unrest create opportunities for crime. While 2020 marked a year of peril, it also forced apartment management companies to re-evaluate the future of their security service. Property managers now must consider how to address new apartment...

5 Ways To Enhance Apartment Security Services

Apartment security service has become an increasingly important amenity as renters who saw home as an escape now look for a refuge. The COVID pandemic, the economic downturn and civil unrest all give security a bigger role in their apartment choice. In...

How Security Services Help Property Managers Keep Tenants Safe

Like never before, building tenants and property managers are seeking security services as they face security threats that demand new safety measures. The COVID-19 pandemic, the protests, and unrest following the killing of George Floyd, and the summertime wave of looting that...

AGB’s Mission: Becoming A True Community Partner

Pursuing a company mission to provide expert security services, AGB engages the community–hiring locally, practicing diversity and inclusion, and providing career development opportunities. Why did I and my husband John name our security services company AGB? It stands for Always Giving Back,...

Next-Gen Security Protects Utility Companies From Threats

For much of the latter 20th century, security technology didn’t extend far beyond closed-circuit cameras and held-held radios. Over time, innovative security solutions for utility companies began to include ultrasonic detectors, infrared sensors, video recording, and automated zoom lenses. Fast forward to...

How Field Service Workers Benefit From Robust Security Logistics

Field services technicians and delivery drivers face danger in high-risk neighborhoods. Here is how AGB provides data-driven, performance-proven security to field force management. The workers who serve our communities a day in and day out—repair technicians, utility technicians, cable technicians—perform challenging tasks...

Keeping the Lights On: Protecting Utility Infrastructure

When a utility company turned to AGB, an award winning security service company, to protect workers and critical infrastructure, the security company developed its own emergency response plan, patrol system and training to minimize disruption Critical infrastructure for utilities needs protection nature....

AGB Trains Guards for Any Security Threat | Even Civil Unrest

Illinois’ largest community policing provider trains private guards to respond to unstable situations. Officers used their training to manage civil unrest following George Floyd’s death Civil unrest is not something all private security companies are trained to handle. Sadly, though, the events...

Making Security Superior: For AGB, It’s All About People

AGB’s security services back up retailers with highly trained professionals who excel in the human touch When retail stores approach AGB to enlist our security services, we always enter with the goal of forming a long-term relationship. Some of the best advice...

Why Property Managers Need Best-In-Class Security Services

Multifamily housing faces volatile and unpredictable safety threats. Private security services employ multiple techniques to help property managers protect people and property Like never before, building tenants and property managers face security threats that demand new safety measures. The COVID-19 pandemic, the...

Civil Unrest Shows Value of AGB’s Advanced Security Guard Training

Civil unrest is not something all private security companies are trained to handle. From a historical perspective, the events after George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, may have been predictable. Protesting against an unjust social system or act is not a...

Season 3 of The Secure Podcast is Here!

The Secure PodCast's Season 3 is here! In Season 3, Married-Preneurs and Founders of AGB Innovative Security Solutions, Dr. Denitra & John Griffin Jr. are providing key tips on starting and sustaining a business. The Secure Podcast is an extension of the...

AGB Appears on the Inc. 5000 List for the 3rd Year!

AGB Innovative Security Solutions is honored to announce that Inc. magazine revealed today that we are No. 2238 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the 3rd year in a row...

Community Focused Security: Training Guardians, Not Enforcers

When private security establishes a presence in a Chicago area community—especially with utility companies, whose engineers are always at work on neighborhood infrastructure—a security company always has two choices: to either come in as an outside force that provides protection or initiate...

AGB Named to Crain’s Chicago Business 2020 Fast Fifty List

AGB is one of the fastest growing businesses in Chicago! The finalists for #CrainsFast50 of 2020 are out, and AGB Innovative Security Solutions made the list! The companies vying for the honor of the fastest-growing company in metro Chicago are listed alphabetically...

Community Pride, Customer Service Meets Retail Security

Private security companies had to be on guard when the coronavirus struck. COVID-19 brought day-to-day changes in pandemic safety requirements and new demands to address the risk of burglary, theft, or vandalism. What’s more, in an unprecedented situation retail stores needed good...

A Message from our CEO

I am saddened by the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The inequalities that our country faces are tangible and we acknowledge the visible pain throughout our nation. AGB is here to help restore our communities and partner to strengthen individuals...

Security MBE Dedicated to Community Transformation

AGB's workforce development initiatives involve creating jobs and strategically spending dollars with MBE small businesses. AGB spent over $1.5M with MBE's in 2019, while our workforce is reflective of the communities we serve. Our women in leadership roles exceed industry norms by...

3 Ways AGB’s Technology Stands Secure in Insecure Times

AGB’s security technology is critical in the world’s rapidly evolving landscape. We’ve entered a time in history where technology isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. AGB’s security technology helps with administrative ease, mitigate risk while managing costs. AGB stands prepared and ready...

COVID-19 and Multifamily Housing: Your Security Service Plan

Dear Friends of AGB, At AGB Innovative Security Solutions, our number one priority is the health and safety of all the members of our community. We know you have questions, and we want to personally assure you that we are monitoring the...

5 Tips to Stay Cyber Safe While Working From Home

1) Ensure that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is using firewall technology and it's enabled on your modem. Confirm that you have Internet Security and Virus Protection on all of your devices. 2) Be wary of websites that are unsafe - Be...

The Women Behind the Largest Black-Owned Security Firm

Women Leading The Way For The Nation's Larges Black-Owned Security Firm In the field of security, AGB is above industry and overall business norms for women. The women of AGB are shattering glass ceilings as top Captain roles within the nation's largest...

AGB’s Grand Opening

AGB Investigative Services Opened New HQ Oct. 10 With Community Resource and Job Fair in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Nationwide security firm founded in Chicago serves corporate, small business and government entities with focus on expanding economic opportunities in underserved communities CHICAGO--...

AGB Makes the Inc. 5000 for the 2nd Year!

AGB Investigative Services, Inc. is honored to announce that Inc. magazine revealed today that we are No. 1242 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the 2nd year in a row...

Sponsorship-AGB Grand Opening & Community Fair

AGB Investigative Services is opening a new 16,000 square foot facility that will bring much-needed jobs to Chicago’s far South side. Join us on October 10 for our World AGB Grand Opening and Community Fair celebration! We are doing our part to...

AGB Chicago Grand Opening & Community Fair

Join us for the grand opening of AGB Investigative Services’ corporate headquarters on the South side of Chicago on October 10, 2019! AGB is one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, and our new 16,000-square-foot facility will house our...

Meet AGB at the GSX Conference in Las Vegas!

AGB Investigative Services, Inc. is honored to participate in the Global Security Exchange (GSX) Conference, the security industry’s most trusted and established trade show worldwide. AGB will be a first-time exhibitor at the event, which runs Sept. 23–27 in Las Vegas. AGB...

There’s Growth & Then There’s Inc. 5000 Growth!

Inc. magazine today revealed that AGB Investigative Services Inc is No. 1619 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American...

AGB Investigative Named to Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50

AGB is one of the fastest growing businesses in Chicago! The finalists for #CrainsFast50 of 2018 are out, and AGB Investigative Services made the list! The companies vying for the honor of the fastest-growing company in metro Chicago are listed alphabetically as...

AGB Founder Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

The global accounting firm Ernst & Young, or EY, has named AGB Investigative Services founder and CEO John H. Griffin Jr. a finalist for its 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as...

Integrated Guarding: the Future of Security is Here

The security industry is big business. More than 8,000 firms employ some 800,000 security officers in the United States, according to Security Magazine. If your organization needs to improve its security, where do you start to find the right partner? You need...

Watching the Internet 24-7, So You Can Rest Easy

About half of the world's population is on the Internet. People are constantly searching for and sharing information, as well as their opinions and plans. Much of the content is either useful or harmless. But some of it can be downright dangerous...

Why are background checks important for any business?

No business owner sets out to hire bad employees. Sometimes, though, we end up with workers who aren’t just a bad fit—they are problematic in a big way. Employee background checks are an ideal way to safeguard against a host of threats,...

Preparing for the Unthinkable: an Active Shooter

Stories of shootings fill the news headlines on a daily basis. The worst incidents are when an active shooter appears in a populated area and tries to do as much damage as possible. Unfortunately, they are becoming more frequent in our country....

Tips for Concealed Carry

Have you thought about taking your personal security into your own hands with a concealed firearm? All 50 states allow some form of concealed carry, and more than 16.3 million adults have permits to carry a concealed gun. It’s a lifestyle that...