The Shape of Things To Come

by John Bigelow There should be little doubt that security technology is evolving at a rapid rate. One need only look at the depth and range of new solutions on display at this year’s Security Conference and Exhibition, held at the International Conventional Centre in Darling Harbour Sydney in late July. One area that seems to be experiencing significant change is that of access control. The introduction of newer and … [Read more...]

Keeping Pace With The Global Retail Supply Chain – Part II

by Jac Brittain The role of loss prevention across the retail supply chain has grown considerably in recent years. Part one of this article in the previous issue of Security Solutions Magazine introduced readers to supply chain management and began the discussion on points of potential risk to the supply chain. Jac Brittain continues the discussion in the final of this two-part article. In-Transit Methods For decades, … [Read more...]

Workplace Health And Safety In The Security Industry: Do You Know Your Duties?

by Anna Richards The main legislation which governs what duties employers owe and what duties contractors and employees owe in relation to workplace safety is set out in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Commonwealth) (referred to as “the Act” in this article).  Purpose of the Act One of the main purposes of the Act is obviously to eliminate as far as possible, and otherwise to minimise as far as possible, risks to … [Read more...]

Zach Winslade wins the MLAA John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Award 2017

The Master Locksmiths Association of Australia held its Annual Conference in Geelong last month. Sean McGovern, Zach's "Master" and General Manager Locksmiths and Keiran McGovern, Masterkeying Manager, accompanied Zach to the event, where the winner of the John Andrew Apprentice of the year 2017 was announced. The MLAA commented that this "award recognises the up-and-coming next generation of the trade. During a whole … [Read more...]

Dynamic Risk Equilibrium – The Next Wave

By Dr Gav Schneider and Kate Down The term ‘VUCA’, made popular by the United States military in the late 1990s and now adopted by business schools all over the world, shows the criticality of dynamic thinking and action. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. It highlights the key underlying factors that everyone faces in everyday decision making in the modern age. This also makes sense from … [Read more...]

Hands Free Access Control Installation Crucial to Queensland MS Kids Movability

ISCS and N.A.S.A. Electronic Security Systems have been instrumental in providing young, high-care MS patients with much-needed technology to help them move about more freely. Nedap uPASS readers and UHF cards in conjunction with the ICT Protégé WX Access Control system were installed in the recently completed $5.5 million MS Queensland Youngcare complex at Albany Creek, Queensland. Integrator Norm Larden, managing … [Read more...]

A Revolution in Video Analytics

How Deep-Learning Makes Video Surveillance Smarter By Oliver Philippou, Senior Analyst, Video Surveillance, IHS Markit Why is the security industry talking about artificial intelligence? IHS Markit forecasts the total market for paid-for video analytics market will reach $700 million in 2021. This growth attributed to the widespread adoption of emerging analytics technologies, specifically deep learning … [Read more...]

Conducting Workplace Investigations – Part 3

By Greg Byrne This is the third article on the correct and (safe) method of conducting an internal investigation due to workplace conflict or misconduct. The first two articles in previous issues of Security Solutions Magazine outlined the steps involved in conducting an investigation. This article will outline some common pitfalls with not conducting an internal investigation correctly or of not conducting one at … [Read more...]

Data Privacy And Resilience – A Cautionary Note

By Dr Rita Parker The digital transformation of society has added to the complexity of doing business today for large corporations, international conglomerates and small owner operators, as well as for individuals. Risks and threats are evolving on a daily basis due to the widespread use of internet-enabled devices and processes. Recent high-profile cyberattacks demonstrate the extent of possible losses to institutions … [Read more...]

CISOs On The Rise – But Many Organisations Still Lacking Adequate Cybersecurity

By Jo Stewart-Rattray In my discussions with colleagues and peers, it is pleasing to see the importance of cybersecurity awareness is growing among business leaders and board directors. Unfortunately, this awareness and understanding of cyber threats has come at a price, as the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks demonstrate how vulnerable and unprepared many organisations remain. According to ISACA’s State of … [Read more...]

Primal Fear

by Richard Kay Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding or freezing from perceived traumatic events. Fear in human beings may occur in response to a specific stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat … [Read more...]

The Responsibilities of Leadership

by Jason Brown I was talking with some colleagues at the ASIAL conference about mentoring and related actions by leaders at all levels to help others, particularly those just starting out, and it made me consider the attributes of leadership that go to ‘giving back’ and ‘paying forward’. Readers may remember the film Pay It Forward where the young hero calls his plan “pay it forward”, which means the recipient of a … [Read more...]

Structuring for the future – strategic thinking for a secure Australia

The intent of Safeguarding Australia 2018 The diversity, increase and damage from terrorist attacks, the growth of cyber enabled espionage and criminality and the increasing concerns about foreign interference create a contemporary threat environment which calls for the need to rapidly coordinate interagency efforts to meet risks to the public. Across the public and private sectors of Security and Emergency Management, … [Read more...]

New Appointments Boost Hills Capacity for Enterprise Projects

6 October 2017 Hills has announced the appointment of Jourdan Garde as General Manager, Growth Markets Security, Surveillance and IT, for Australia and New Zealand. Based in Hills Port Melbourne office, Garde will be responsible for further expanding the company’s presence in the enterprise security market and developing sales opportunities with channel partners as part of a strategy to cultivate big ticket … [Read more...]

Red Teams Too Close to See

by Don Williams Is it possible to be too close to something? To be so familiar with the situation that the view has become ordinary? I once asked the then security manager of Sydney Opera House, as we stepped out onto the forecourt with the sun sparkling off the wakes of the ferries, the Bridge towering off to one side and the Botanic Gardens lush on the other, if they ever forgot where they worked. The answer was “yes, … [Read more...]

Structuring Your Business To Protect Your Assets

By Justin Lawrence Many people own their own businesses, and this is a mistake. At this point, you are probably asking yourself what I’m talking about. People should not own businesses in their personal capacities. Businesses should be owned not by the proprietors of them, but by other people or entities who are separated from the day-to-day operation of the business. But how do business owners structure themselves … [Read more...]