Protecting The Security Industry Workforce

It is common place for employers and principal contractors to drive down employment costs by illegitimately disguising workers as independent contractors, particularly in sub-contracting out the works required. The security industry is vulnerable to ‘turning a blind eye’ to the compliance with the Fair Work in competing for security work. At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Greg … [Read more...]

Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 1)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often referred to as a self-inflicted malady, and this is true to some extent. But it is inflicted out of ignorance. Once individuals have knowledge of what can occur under stress and how to ‘release it’ through breathing and debriefing, they are no longer ignorant. Part one of this two-part article discusses the emotional reactions officers may experience after experiencing or … [Read more...]

Ergonomically Designed Workstation Can Improve Productivity

By Morris Jacobs Security businesses are no different to any other business in that the people who work in them want to be treated well. If business owners wish to get the best out of their staff, they need to listen actively to staff concerns, express gratitude for a job well done and be willing to compromise when necessary. The positive momentum and enhanced morale engendered by kind and fair treatment lead directly … [Read more...]

That Girly Touch: Why Many Attempts To Attract Women To Cybersecurity Might Actually Achieve The Opposite

The problem is familiar. Cybersecurity is still a male-dominated field. Women make up only 10 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce. The field is missing out on a lot of capable people and women are missing out on an interesting, well-paid career path. There have been numerous initiatives trying to change the situation, but fighting existing stereotypes has proven to be hard. The underlying problem: society … [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...]

Cyberfraud Trends

Cyberfraud and cybertheft tend to be underdetected and underpunished in most countries, including Australia, but it is estimated the amount being stolen from corporations worldwide at present totals approximately $4.9 trillion a year – or close to five percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). Australia’s GDP in 2015 was $1.62 trillion. Most fraud and financial crime today is conducted over the Internet, which … [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...]

Tax Obligations For Security Personnel

An important role of human resource management is to manage compliance with internal human resource policy and external human resource legislation, including compliance with employee and employer tax obligations. Considering it is tax season, it is timely to devote this edition’s column to advice on the tax obligations of security industry employees. Any legitimate expenditure made in the course of your employment is … [Read more...]

The Gate: How Little Things Make Big First Impressions

Some home entry gates are enticing, welcoming and warming. People imagine that, once opened, a charming path leads to the grand homestead. Other gates are old and dilapidated, where it is imagined that, upon entry, the path beyond is riddled with potholes, obstacles and wilting weeds guiding the way to a rundown shack. First impressions are the gate of a business. Customers make up their minds almost immediately (seven … [Read more...]

Security And Safety

A few years ago, I was invited to talk about security and crowd safety to the board of directors at a major oil company headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since this was my home town, I did not think I would have any security problems when checking into the building. However, at reception, I had to produce two photographic ID references (passport and drivers licence), was checked with a wand (metal detector scan), … [Read more...]

Open Hand Versus Closed Fist – Practical Application For Public Safety

Many operational safety training programs still teach closed fist strategies to officers for resolution of violence and subject control. However, with the increased incidence of severe and sometimes lethal consequence of closed hand attacks, there is little logic in officers using closed hands for control when open hands are far safer and more versatile. With regard to the open hand versus closed hand striking debate, … [Read more...]

Security Professionals: The Board Is Not The Problem – We Are

More and more, security professionals are grumbling about boards not understanding security issues. Is this really the issue, or is the problem that security professionals do not understand the role of the board? Do security professionals sometimes confuse the board and the company’s senior management? Role of the Board According to the Institute of Directors (IoD), the board’s key purpose “is to ensure the company’s … [Read more...]

In-Flight Revenue Risks

In-flight purchases are an important revenue stream for airlines globally, with the function allowing passengers to purchase duty free items and on-board upgrades, as well as other services such as additional food, beverages, internet and telephone use. While such features are convenient for passengers, they can be susceptible to a number of risks, including staff pilferage, passenger theft of goods/services, counterfeit … [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...]

Help Recognize Australia’s Unsung Heroes

  Would you attempt to stop a man who had just set fire to both a petrol station and a liquor store while also attempting to burn the store attendant? Would you run towards a burning car in an effort to stop the LPG gas tank from exploding to save a complete stranger? Would you use your own body to shield someone you have never met from an enraged group of men, receiving serious injuries in the … [Read more...]

Conflict And Cameras: Facing The Reality Of Social Media

  Technology can benefit public safety operations in many ways. With advances in technology increasing at a staggering rate, there are many options available for public safety agencies to increase operational efficiency. However, point-of-view (POV) technology is now prevalent in people’s daily lives and, in the age of smartphones and CCTV, security personnel need to understand that they are always under scrutiny. … [Read more...]