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Latest issue of Security Solutions out now! Security Solutions is a leading security resource for business, government and the security industry. Through Security Solutions, readers enjoy access to information from leading experts on issues such as terrorism, operational security matters, technological developments, risk management and IT security as well as the latest news on security events. As a busy security … [Read more...]

Standalone Security Systems Versus Integrated Systems

There are a number of reasons why clients opt for an integrated security solution, usually to increase the overall level of security, or make it easier to manage. Reducing threats and risks is the whole purpose of security, but has integration increased vulnerabilities? Options for clients include separate standalone or disparate security systems, integrated security systems and/or a dedicated platform such as a … [Read more...]

THE PANAMA PAPERS – A BLOW FOR TAX CHEATS WITH CONSEQUENCES

The Panama Papers have caused major reverberations around the world; in governments and businesses. There has been massive media and public interest in the content of this huge tranche of commercial documents. The disclosure of the off shore tax details of over 214 000 shelf companies has some quite extraordinary implications - including in Australia. The fall out has spurred politicians and tax agencies around the … [Read more...]

Is Security Really About Security

In the quest to test and possibly even burst assumptions, one must put forward thoughts and ideas designed to test established paradigms. The aim of this short piece is not to provide definitive proof via academic research of a particular flaw in current thinking around security management, but rather, to highlight the possibility that some security managers have become entrenched in a particular way of viewing the world, … [Read more...]

The Gate: How Little Things Make Big First Impressions

Some home entry gates are enticing, welcoming and warming. People imagine that, once opened, a charming path leads to the grand homestead. Other gates are old and dilapidated, where it is imagined that, upon entry, the path beyond is riddled with potholes, obstacles and wilting weeds guiding the way to a rundown shack. First impressions are the gate of a business. Customers make up their minds almost immediately (seven … [Read more...]

Alarm Online

Physical security systems have benefited from the technology revolution. Control modules are network-aware, or at least they connect to a PC. Some are PCs. They interact with a website account, or they contain a website. They provide remote access. They get system updates. The great thing about this is that users can interact with the system and configure and review it without needing all those special tools used in … [Read more...]

Conflict And Cameras: Facing The Reality Of Social Media

Technology can benefit public safety operations in many ways. With advances in technology increasing at a staggering rate, there are many options available for public safety agencies to increase operational efficiency. However, point-of-view (POV) technology is now prevalent in people’s daily lives and, in the age of smartphones and CCTV, security personnel need to understand that they are always under scrutiny. This … [Read more...]

Engineers Patent Limited-Range Projectile To Reduce Collateral Damage

Imagine a bullet that could self-destruct if it missed its target. Apparently, it is not as far-fetched an idea as we might think. Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) were recently awarded with a US patent for their proof of concept work on a limited-range projectile. Brian Kim, Mark Minisi and Stephen McFarlane filed collectively for the patent on 7th May 2013 … [Read more...]

Security And Safety

A few years ago, I was invited to talk about security and crowd safety to the board of directors at a major oil company headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since this was my home town, I did not think I would have any security problems when checking into the building. However, at reception, I had to produce two photographic ID references (passport and drivers licence), was checked with a wand (metal detector scan), … [Read more...]

When The War Is Over: Security And Risks To Consider When Working In Post-Conflict Environments

The successful execution of any project depends on the ability to identify the risks to delivery and the plan to mitigate them both at the outset and during implementation. However, when it comes to businesses entering and working in post-conflict environments, the risks to delivery are likely to be even more diverse, acute and difficult. As well as the general difficulties of carrying out operations in any … [Read more...]

Open Hand Versus Closed Fist – Practical Application For Public Safety

Many operational safety training programs still teach closed fist strategies to officers for resolution of violence and subject control. However, with the increased incidence of severe and sometimes lethal consequence of closed hand attacks, there is little logic in officers using closed hands for control when open hands are far safer and more versatile. With regard to the open hand versus closed hand striking debate, … [Read more...]

Security Professionals: The Board Is Not The Problem – We Are

More and more, security professionals are grumbling about boards not understanding security issues. Is this really the issue, or is the problem that security professionals do not understand the role of the board? Do security professionals sometimes confuse the board and the company’s senior management? Role of the Board According to the Institute of Directors (IoD), the board’s key purpose “is to ensure the company’s … [Read more...]

Why Do Companies Still Make The Same Mistakes?

For decades, crisis management has been institutionalised and taught at universities. Corporations and businesses have procedures in place. So why are some still making the same mistakes when facing a crisis? Recent crisis examples show the fragility of what has been taught. Are organisations forgetting these lessons when faced with the pressures of crises? Is the stress so great that primary reactions prevail? Do … [Read more...]

Digital Storage In Surveillance

In today’s world, all visual and audio data is now in digital format. Each new day in surveillance requires new terabytes of storage space for the thousands of cameras around various cities, major towns and regional areas; including shopping centres, factories and prisons, to name a few. The need for data storage grows exponentially with every new mega-pixel sensor and with every new technology (which was high definition … [Read more...]

The Time For Micro-Segmentation Is Now

Corporate security strategies are failing, so leaders must re-tool to face the latest cyber threats. It could be said that 2015 was the year cybercrime became mainstream. Companies from all over the world, including the likes of Kmart, David Jones, Aussie Farmers Direct and Queensland TAFE locally, as well as JP Morgan Chase and Ashley Madison globally, all came under scrutiny as their breaches became mainstream … [Read more...]

In-Flight Revenue Risks

In-flight purchases are an important revenue stream for airlines globally, with the function allowing passengers to purchase duty free items and on-board upgrades, as well as other services such as additional food, beverages, internet and telephone use. While such features are convenient for passengers, they can be susceptible to a number of risks, including staff pilferage, passenger theft of goods/services, counterfeit … [Read more...]