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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...]

Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

If you run a business such as a security equipment manufacturing or distribution company or a security consultancy for example, it may be the case that occasionally you will have employees who wish to work from home. What are the major benefits and pitfalls of allowing selected employees to work from home? Well, I will answer that in a few minutes. My wife just asked me to help her with something in the garden... And … [Read more...]

Airport Screening Offers No Assurance

If you are one of the 60 million passengers a year shuffling through security at Australian domestic airports, divesting yourself of belts and laptops and wondering if all these security measures have any point, you are not alone. Not even the Office of Transport Security (OTS) – the department responsible for the implementation and ongoing regulation of security controls at airports – can tell you, according to the … [Read more...]

Three Things Large Corporations Can Learn From SMEs When Managing Risks

A couple of weeks ago I was very fortunate to host one of the round tables during the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) risk seminar in Malta. The experience of brainstorming for 45 minutes with representatives from various small and medium enterprises (SMEs) highlighted some major problems with modern-day risk management and risk managers. Here are three things that everyone could learn from … [Read more...]

Mobile Access Brings Convenience And Safety To Campus Life

In this day and age of ever evolving security threats, safeguarding campuses and ensuring the well-being of pupils and staff is paramount. One way many universities ensure only authorised personnel and students can access specific areas of the campus is through access control devices like smart ID cards. The growing interest and use of smartphones as a credential is resulting in campuses embracing mobile … [Read more...]

The Crime-Terror Nexus

Australian civil-military think tank Info Ops HQ recently published its inaugural report from its open-source investigation into Australian Foreign Fighters and Domestic Actors. What it found was local evidence supporting the global trend of criminal and antisocial behaviour being observed as one of the many precursors to radicalisation. Criminal First, Jihadi Second 2013 – Woolwich, London. British Army Fusilier … [Read more...]

Explosives: Not My Problem

Most security managers believe they have no responsibility for explosives, other than a nagging concern about IEDs. This is not the case. Explosives pervade our society: we are reliant on them for our wealth through the mining, rural and construction sectors; we enjoy large and small fireworks shows, pyrotechnic stage effects as well as special effects in Australian-made movies; many of our major transport and … [Read more...]

What it means that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was Assassinated by a Radicalized Militant Jihadi off-duty Turkish Police Officer

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed in an art exhibit event December 19, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer entered the art gallery by using his police ID and shot the Ambassador approximately ten times from behind as he addressed the crowd. As the Ambassador dropped to the floor his assassin shouted out the now too familiar jihadi … [Read more...]

Why Top Executives Need To Rethink Crisis Management

For a long time, crisis management was regarded as a tactical activity focused mainly on writing a manual and responding as well as possible in the hopefully unlikely event that a crisis actually occurred. As a result, it was often delegated down the organisation to middle managers and technicians whose skill sets may be best suited to dealing with emergencies or system breakdown rather than how to take steps to prevent a … [Read more...]

Loss Prevention Tips For The Peak Sales Season

So, the peak Christmas sales season is already upon us! For many retailers, the months of November and December offer the benefit of making a high dollar return on full-priced merchandise, while January provides the best opportunity to clear aged or seasonal inventory. In terms of cash passing through the registers, a retailer’s sales can be expected to rise sharply throughout the peak Christmas period. Along with the … [Read more...]

STid Mobile ID®

Developed for use with RFID, NFC and Bluetooth® Smart (Low Energy) technologies, STid Mobile ID® brings the access control capabilities to iPhone and Android phones. Users simply download the STid Mobile ID® app and enroll directly into the access control system.  The free app does not require a license and includes a free access virtual card, offering an affordable, easy to install access control solution. After the user … [Read more...]

Travel Security – Tips For Staying Safe

By Steve Lawson I can say that in almost 30 years of travel, I have never had an issue, and I have travelled to a few places that could be described as less than desirable. I have lost one bag, when I was on my way to New York to handle Qantas’ on-ground response to September 11 and I did not have a ticket for one sector. I have had one bag broken and that was by New Zealand Customs, who decided they needed to get into … [Read more...]

Digital Video Software Revenue to Exceed $9 billion by 2021, IHS Markit Says

Global digital video software market revenue to rise from $6 billion in 2015 to more than $9 billion by 2021 LONDON (7 December 2016) – The video software market is expected to exceed $9 billion in revenue by 2021, according to new insights released today by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. The atomization of media distribution and the switch from … [Read more...]

National Security

Prime Minister Turnbull returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Peru all fired up about counterterrorism and that was the theme of his national security statement to the House on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Terrorism is often included as a safe topic at international talks because just about everyone can contribute without there being major disagreements. However, there are many … [Read more...]

Industry Recognises Bravery And Commitment

In just six years, the Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc. (ASMF) has grown from an idea around a dinner table to an industry institution recognising bravery and contribution to security. With this year’s medals being presented during a sold-out black-tie charity dinner at the War Memorial In Canberra, ASMF Chairman, Paul Maihi, said: “Not only is it a huge honour to recognise individuals for their bravery and … [Read more...]

Calamity Monitoring Awarded Optus Personal and Business Services Provider of the Year

Calamity Monitoring was recently announced as the winner of the Personal and Business Services Provider of the Year at the 2016 Optus My Business Awards. The awards ceremony, held in Sydney on the 18th of November, saw leading businesses from all over the country gathered to celebrate innovation and success across a range of industries. Daniel Lewkovitz founded Calamity in 2008 after recognising a need for high tech … [Read more...]