Security Research Projects – call for input

The Australian Security Association Limited (ASIAL) recently announced that it was seeking volunteers for two separate research projects into the security industry. The first project, titled Understanding capacity for violence risk assessment in private security workers, focuses on the role of private security staff working crowd control and conducting the regular assessment of patrons for signs of intoxication, risk, … [Read more...]

Crisis or disaster? IT has helped blur the language

By Dr Tony Jaques It’s time business stopped misusing the word disaster, and the IT industry needs to take a good share of the blame. This language is genuinely unhelpful and distracts attention from serious matters of real concern. Consider by contrast the United Nations definition of a disaster as: “A serious disruption of the functioning of a society, causing widespread human, material or environmental losses and … [Read more...]

Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase warns the 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

Cyberespionage hits manufacturing, public sector and education hard: 21 percent of cases analysed Ransomware attacks gain greater popularity: now fifth most common specific malware variety Tenth anniversary edition: includes data from 65 contributing organisations; 42,068 incidents; 1,935 breaches from 84 countries Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and … [Read more...]

How To Manage An Experienced Manager

The key to managing an experienced manager in your operation is to monitor their results. If they are getting the results that you expect of them, stay out of their way. If they are not getting the results, you had better take over – at least until you sort out what is stopping production. When you hire a manager to look after a section of your business, it is a waste of time for you to continue doing the job you hired … [Read more...]

ICSVE’s New “Breaking the ISIS Brand” Video Clip – The Promises of ad-Dawlah to Women

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Laura Passoni left Belgium with her young son to join ISIS in Syria in June 2014 after being jilted by her partner. Newly married to man who also wanted to join ISIS, the two took a cruise boat from Venice to Izmir and crossed Turkey by taxi and made their way (unimpeded by Turkish authorities) into Syria. None of the promises of her Belgian recruiter turned out true and Laura ended up a … [Read more...]

STid wins the Award for Best Access Control Mobile App at ISC West, Las Vegas

The Security Industry Association (SIA) awarded STid with its Mobile Apps trophy for its secure and intuitive access control solution, STid Mobile ID®. The SIA awards are a key moment for the security industry, introducing over 30,000 professionals from the sector to the most secure and innovative solutions on the market. On April 5th STid, a leader and a pioneer in the design of high-security solutions, won the Gold … [Read more...]

Protecting Sensitive Sites In A Changing World

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 solution, but it is … [Read more...]

Risk Management After the Atrocity

For this issue, I was asked to write about risk management as it would apply in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. It is an interesting subject because if risk management strategies had been effective then arguably, the atrocity would not have occurred. However, disturbing surprises and risk management failures do happen. I want to look at risk management from the point of view of both sides - those on the receiving end … [Read more...]

Mass Gatherings – The Role Of Security Professionals

Without doubt, concentrations of large numbers of people in accessible places are potential targets for terrorist and criminal attack and present a unique set of challenges to security professionals. Places of mass gathering include sporting venues, shopping complexes, open-air markets, business precincts, tourism and entertainment venues, cultural facilities, hotels and convention centres, public transport hubs and … [Read more...]

Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 2)

Part one of this two-part article introduced readers to the diagnostic criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and the range of emotional reactions officers may experience after a traumatic event. As discussed, while officers may have little control over when confrontations occur, they do have control over how they respond to these events before, during and after. This article concludes the discussion by … [Read more...]

Security licence exemption for ID scanning

According to a recent release from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, Mandatory ID scanning for most liquor licensed venues in safe night precincts commences on 1 July 2017. These venues will be required to operate networked ID scanners from 10pm onwards. As a general principle, anyone involved in screening the entry of a person into a place must be licensed as a crowd controller. However, the Commissioner for … [Read more...]

Don’t be misled by United’s crisis survival

By Dr Tony Jaques It could be very easy to draw the wrong lessons from the United Airlines “customer re-accommodation” crisis. United will survive the forced removal of a law-abiding passenger being dragged off their plane and, within a very short time, the “scream heard around the world” will probably be forgotten . . . if not forgiven. That’s the sad reality. Public memory is short and boycotts rarely last. In the … [Read more...]

Masterclass – Bomb Safety and Security – Melbourne

ASRC Masterclasses enable peer-to-peer discussion of relevant topics guided by a leader in the field. This Masterclass will be lead by Don Williams CPP, author of Bomb Safety and Security, The Managers Guide Takeaways from this Masterclass are the principles underpinning a safe and sensible response to bombs, threats, unattended items and post-blast scenarios. The emphasis is on providing a safe and secure environment … [Read more...]

Security industry trainees urged to stick to reputable trainers

The Queensland OFT (Office OF Fair Trading) is reminding those training to work in the security industry to ensure they complete their training through a reputable provider. The warning comes as the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) cancelled the registration of a further three Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that were delivering security training in states across Australia, including New South Wales … [Read more...]

The Refinement Of Smart Homes: Opportunities For Installers And Locksmiths In 2017

It is a well-established fact in the marketing and business worlds that it costs as much as five times as much to attract new customers than it does to retain an existing customer. However, in service-based industries such as locksmiths or domestic alarm installation where a customer has a very specific need that, once fulfilled, is unlikely to generate much in the way of repeat business, the question becomes, how do you … [Read more...]

Dahua Appoints LSC as a Distributor

During the recent Total Facilities Expo in Sydney last week, Damien White, Dahua Marketing Director for the Oceania region announced that Locksmith Supply Company, one of Australia most trusted and respected names in the security market, had been appointed as a Dahua distributor along side the likes of Sedan Security. According to White, the appointment of LSC was a mutually beneficial agreement that would benefit both … [Read more...]