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...]

Confronting an ISIS Emir: ICSVE’s Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narrative Videos​

Most experts agree that the most successful counter-messaging campaigns against ISIS are the ones that utilize the voices of insiders: the voices of ISIS victims and ISIS cadres themselves who have first-hand knowledge of the group’s brutality, corruption, religious manipulation, and deception. In this regard, we at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) have spent the last two years … [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...]

My Memories Of September 11

This article has little to do with aviation security other than September 11 was an aviation security event and I was sent to New York to manage Qantas’ on-ground response. My experience was minor in the scope of the events and restricted to Qantas operations, but it was a defining time. This article is dedicated to Qantas JFK Airport Manager Joe Ward and the JFK Qantas staff on duty on September 11, 2001. They were all … [Read more...]

Hikvision Thermal Bullet Camera

Hikvision recently launched their new range of high resolution Thermal Bullet Cameras designed specifically for perimeter protection and temperature monitoring applications. These new cameras provide outstanding thermal image quality and reliable smart functions such as line crossing, intrusion detection and temperature exception alarm and so on. Designed for use in a wide variety of applications, Hikvision’s new … [Read more...]

What VIP Close Protection Staff Think Of Their Employers

Close personal protection (CPP) is usually provided by police to government VIPs and occasionally to persons at risk from politically motivated violence. Celebrities also employ CPP or bodyguards who either have protective security backgrounds or are employees of security companies. They obviously have to work closely with those they protect and it often becomes a career job if they get on well with the person being … [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...]

Countering New-Style Terrorism: Leveraging On Rehabilitation, Local And International Cooperation

Terrorist attacks such as September 2011 in the United States (9/11) and the attacks in Spain (11th March 2004) and Britain (7th July 2005) have marked the dawn of global terrorism (Martin, 2004). In this new era, terrorism is increasingly seen in a different dimension than traditionalists’ objectives, as it knows no bounds and no boundaries (Netanyāhû,1981). New-style terrorism is attributed to the effects of … [Read more...]

THE PANAMA PAPERS – A BLOW FOR TAX CHEATS WITH CONSEQUENCES

The Panama Papers have caused major reverberations around the world; in governments and businesses. There has been massive media and public interest in the content of this huge tranche of commercial documents. The disclosure of the off shore tax details of over 214 000 shelf companies has some quite extraordinary implications - including in Australia. The fall out has spurred politicians and tax agencies around the … [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...]

ISIS’s Revenues include Sales of Oil to the al-Assad Regime

For months now disaffected Syrian, ISIS defectors we have been interviewing in our ISIS Defectors Interview Project have been telling us that one of the many reasons that they became disenchanted with ISIS was that their leaders were directly negotiating and selling oil to their enemy, Bashar al-Assad—oil that was then used in barrel bombs that rained back down on the Sunnis uprising against the Assad regime.[1] This week … [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...]

Are Wage Penalty Rates Still Relevant For The Security Industry?

As the 2016 federal election campaign gathers momentum, several key policy differences between warring parties have risen to the surface. Education, jobs growth, health, housing affordability and taxation reform top the list of most discussed political issues; however, wage penalty rates for nights and weekends is also emerging as a second tier topic driven by the Unions and the Greens who are threating to make it a … [Read more...]

SecuSafe Launches New DigiGuard 3MP IP Turret Network POE Camera

SecuSafe Pty Ltd, an Australian importer and distributor of electronic security products located in Sydney, introduces their new 3MP IP Turret Network POE Camera for SME surveillance industry. The attractive DigiGuard Matrix IR Turret Network Surveillance IP Camera, is fitted with a 2.8mm security lens available in grey and white colour, this can achieve an impressive wide angle view of 98° at 2MP (1920 x 1080) and 3MP … [Read more...]

Redefining Wireless Security

Despite advances in IP camera and security management system technologies, , founder and CEO of P2 Wireless Technologies, realised that the backend of most surveillance network designs is still heavily reliant on cable. P2 focuses on the creation of innovative, reliable and large-scale wireless mesh networking technologies for industrial and commercial use. Based in the prestigious Hong Kong Science Park, P2 has … [Read more...]

Resilience And Identifying Potential Disruptions

As noted in the previous columns, definitions of the concept of resilience vary within different disciplines and sectors, such as critical infrastructure, homeland security and emergency, and disaster management response. However, the common characteristics of adaptability, transformation and flexibility appear generally consistent. While resilience has been described as “the capacity for complex systems to survive, … [Read more...]