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...]

What Is A Risk Assessment Context?

By Dr Kevin J. Foster Security professionals are often required to conduct risk assessments. Sometimes the security risk assessor might focus on vulnerabilities that he or she notices in his or her employer’s facility or operations. For example, if the risk assessor has an electronics background, he might make quite a few suggestions about how to improve access control systems, intrusion alarms and CCTV. Of course, it … [Read more...]

Conducting Workplace Investigations – Part 2

By Greg Byrne In this edition of the Security Solutions Magazine, I will conclude the two-part article on conducting an internal investigation. In the previous article (in Security Solutions Magazine Issue 106), I discussed that conducting an internal investigation involved a four-step process of: 1. Preparation and information collection 2. Interviewing the relevant parties 3. Making a finding and report 4. … [Read more...]

What Are Employees Actually Doing?

By Karissa Breen The news or the media are always reporting that outsider threats are the main source of cyberattacks, but who is actually looking at the employees on the inside? What are all these people doing? Is anyone monitoring what the system administrators are doing and ensuring they are not downloading every episode of “House of Cards” under the sun because they can and because they have ‘privileged account … [Read more...]

Leading From Below

By Jason Brown In the world of security, hierarchies are common and leadership tends to be associated with position or rank, but this need not always be the case. If you have the desire, competence and willingness to communicate your ideas you can lead from below (LfB). I would argue that in any well-run organisation, those who demonstrate a capacity to lead from below usually end up with a formal leadership … [Read more...]

Security Leadership

By Steve Mark Security is 90 percent psychological and 10 percent physical; that is, many see security as protecting people and property from intentional harm, and doing so by focusing on, for example, physical or digital barriers. This is of course entirely appropriate; however, it only forms part of the security ‘picture’, because security also connotes the psychological state of being secure, being free from fear. As … [Read more...]

Fixing Security Risk Management: focus on the threat actor

Government and private industry place enormous emphasis on the concept of Risk Management and Security Risk Management. In an article published in Security Solutions Magazine in November 2016, it was identified how dangerous and ineffective this concept actually is. It was shown that in areas where the concepts of Risk Management and Security Risk Management were implemented, crime rates actually increased. Such a … [Read more...]

Risk Policy Is The New Risk Paradigm

By Tony Charge In Issue 102 of Security Solutions, (June 2016) an article was published around Risk Management which related to work the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) is doing in the complementary but separate space of Risk Policy. In response, I would like to take this opportunity to elaborate on the subject and inform readers about the difference and benefits of Risk Policy, not only to the security … [Read more...]

PathMinder Launch the new C5 Security Portal

PathMinder have recently launched their new C5 Security Portal in Australia. The unique C5 Security Portal combines a high security anti tailgating man trap with a 1200mm emergency egress door. Following an authorised user through a door is known as ‘tailgating’ and is very easy to do. We have all been told that it is good manners to hold doors open for other people. However, good manners equals poor security practice. … [Read more...]

Technology Advancements Re-Shaping Security

By Rob Spinetti Facility safety and security are light years beyond the days of having several guards and an alarm system, and navigating a complex array of the technologies available. Whether the focus is on compliance and driving efficiencies, or simply bolstering efforts already in place, it is important to be aware of the trends currently shaping security and how they can benefit business. Following are five … [Read more...]

Protecting Sensitive Sites In A Changing World

By Laurie Mugridge In the wake of various terrorist attacks that have been carried out around the world in recent years, sensitive sites are facing a broader range of potential threats than ever before. These atrocities have been characterised by their unexpectedness and the difficulties involved in protecting against them. As a result, businesses are re-evaluating their defence systems in search of a complete security … [Read more...]

From Sci-Fi To The Boardroom Threat – Where The Challenges Lie In The Digital Future

Is your business safe from future cyber threats? At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Shara Evans will open your eyes on how emerging technologies can be leveraged by cyber criminals in new and inventive ways. This includes examples that may seem straight out of a science fiction movie, but are eminently possible with technology available now or in the very near future. In this keynote … [Read more...]

How to stop tailgating on an existing access controlled door

PathMinder recently launched their new HPJ range of anti-tailgating doors which are designed to stop all forms of unauthorised entry attempts through existing access controlled doorways. The HPJ is a half portal designed to ‘cap’ any existing door that needs to increase its security level to stop any tailgating or unauthorised entry attempts through the entry point. The HPJ features a 900mm opening for DDA compliance and … [Read more...]

Organisation Resilience – A Catchcry Or An Effective Holistic Approach To Risk Management

At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Peter Gervasoni will present a strategic look at organisational risk, raising the discussion above traditional risk management tenets which tend to centre around alternately preventative and reactionary checklists and processes, as well as the standards that establish the integrity of those processes. This presentation examines the impacts to organisations … [Read more...]

Crisis Management – Making Sure You Are PreparedIn a world with real-time news media, viral social media, instantaneous video uploads and international connectedness, news travels faster and further than ever before. Organisations need to be ready and know what the different stakeholders expect to see in your actions and communications during crisis. Mario will discuss how you can prepare your organisation to communicate promptly, accurately and confidently on all platforms, with affected people, employees, media and the wider community, and in so doing protect your brand.

In a world with real-time news media, viral social media, instantaneous video uploads and international connectedness, news travels faster and further than ever before. Organisations need to be ready and know what the different stakeholders expect to see in your actions and communications during crisis. At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Mario Gomez will discuss how you can prepare your … [Read more...]