Disaster Response And Recovery From A Human Resource Perspective

One of the most important responsibilities of human resources (HR) is to prepare for a disaster, including streamlining safety initiatives, communicating with employees and headlining crisis management efforts. Beyond this, organisations also have a duty to protect their workers’ safety while on the job. Work Health Safety legislation places onus on businesses to provide an environment free from hazards that can cause … [Read more...]

Homegrown ISIS Inspired and Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?

As the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields come under heavy siege and ISIS continues to sustain substantial losses, it leaders are calling for and even directing, via encrypted social media apps, homegrown terrorism in the West. As a rest, we have seen airports attacked in Brussels and Istanbul; pedestrians mown-down in Nice; an attempted IED explosion in Canada; a massacre in Bangladesh - the list goes on. And it begs the … [Read more...]

Security In Emergencies

There is, or there should be, a strong bond between security and emergency management. Security is predominantly about prevention and emergency management about the response, but they overlap in that both need prior planning, training, procedures and interoperability and both should be concerned with the before and after aspects of an incident. Unfortunately, there is often a significant disconnect, particularly where … [Read more...]

Speculation On Egyptair 804

Egyptair Flight 804, an Airbus A320, went missing on the 19th of May 2016, crashing into the Mediterranean between Greece and Egypt. The aircraft was 12 years old and the crew were reasonably experienced. On the day of the loss, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry stated that Flight 804 was probably attacked. Did the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry know something that had not been released to the media, since nothing … [Read more...]

ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate

ICSVE is proud to announce their new book! The authors hadn’t intended to put themselves in danger but that’s what happened as they interviewed an unprecedented thirty-two battle-hardened defectors about the gritty details of life inside ISIS. With unparalleled breadth, depth and access, ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate offers a compelling view of ISIS from men, women and teens now in hiding, … [Read more...]

Failing to Act on the Risk of Terrorism

Risks associated with a terrorist incident are well-reported within Australia and abroad.  The Australian government raised its terror alert level in 2014 from medium to high. In 2015 a new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System was launched that replaced the previous four step approach to a scale of five levels. The scale provides public advice about the likelihood of a terrorist act occurring in Australia. This … [Read more...]

If Popularity Trumps Security

It is not entirely clear quite when it happened but, at some point over the last three months, the improbable became likely. Indeed, barring a spectacular collapse in popular support, or convoluted Machiavellian contortions at the Republican convention, it looks likely that Donald Trump will be the GOP (Grand Old Party – a term used to refer to the Republican Party) candidate for president later this year. The GOP … [Read more...]

Civil security and civil defence in the spotlight

The not-for-profit organisation behind the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition has added a new string to its bow. Its latest venture is CIVSEC, will be a major showcase of expertise, ideas and technology in the fields of civil security and civil defence. The event will be a congress of conferences, seminars and workshops that will address the complex and increasingly important … [Read more...]

Secure your entry, as your event, the Security Exhibition & Conference returns to Melbourne in July

Registrations are now open to attend the 2016 Security Exhibition & Conference, Australasia’s premier security industry event, which is returning to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from July 20 to July 22, following another outstanding event in 2015.  The Security Exhibition & Conference connects a community of leaders and showcases the most innovative solutions to hit the Australian market … [Read more...]

ISIS Once Again Silences its Enemies in Turkey

  ICSVE's new Brief Report by Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Once again ISIS cadres have penetrated from Syria into Turkey and carried out an assault on those brave enough to speak out against them.  Monday evening (April 10th), thirty-six year-old Syrian journalist, Muhammed Zahir al Serkat, was shot in the center of Gaziantep (a Turkish town near the border of Syria) on Doktor Kemal Ahi … [Read more...]

Terrorists And Facility Managers: Why They Need Each Other

By Don Williams. The Facility Manager’s relationship with the terrorist is one of mutual support. The terrorist needs the sites under the control of the Facility Manager as targets; the Facility Manager can use the threat posed by terrorists to consider the measures in place, their effectiveness, relevance, and the documented and assumed responsibilities of the various managers on-site. The Facility Manager has two … [Read more...]

Lessons from Martin Place

By Rod Cowan. While the inquest and other reviews are underway into the tragic events in Sydney in December 2014, Rod Cowan says security should start now to examine its role in a crisis. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) makes a distinction between a crisis and a hostage situation. Only four percent of cases could be classified as a hostage negotiation, which is where the plan is to trade people for money … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips For Building The Most Ineffective Security Risk Management Systems In The World

By Julian Talbot. After more than 25 years working in security risk management on four continents, I believe I can safely say that I know every trick in the book – except the one they are using right now! Years of working in interesting parts of the world, such as Asia, Africa and parts of Australia that most people never see, has given me some insights into the minds of the people who seek to breach our security … [Read more...]

CCTV Data Storage Headache

By Lamie Saif. The amount of data generated by the new models of CCTV­ cameras is huge and so its storage requires some planning. So, how can this best be done? Before we choose the best hardware and software for optimum CCTV data storage, we need to take into account the following parameters:­ Camera resolution. Number of frames per second. Level of compression. Number of cameras. Storage period. Level … [Read more...]

Verbal De-Escalation Techniques That Actually Work

By Scott Taylor CPP. Conflict is inevitable, and can occur in many forms. In essence, conflict occurs any time there is a trial of strength between two opposing parties and principles. This can be quite common in the security environment and unfortunately, a lot of today’s industry participants do not have a healthy attitude toward conflict and as such, are lacking some of the tools necessary for de-escalating conflict … [Read more...]

Why Should Supply Chains Like Facebook?

By Dr John Hopkins. If somebody mentions the word “Facebook” to you it is highly unlikely that the first expression that comes to mind is “powerful supply chain tool”– but amongst the plethora of pictures of friends’ babies, cat videos and Candy Crush updates, there may well lie a powerful platform that can help you to better understand your customers and increase the awareness of your brand. If used properly of … [Read more...]