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...]

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...]

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...]

4 Steps To Integrate Risk Management Into Strategic Planning

Let me first start by saying integrating risk management into strategic planning is NOT doing a startegic risk assessment or even having a risk conversation at the strategy setting meeting, it is so much more. You will also find it difficult to relate if the objectives have not been defined or documented in your company or if the objectives are not measurable.  Kevin W Knight, during his first visit to Russia a few … [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...]

The ASIS International Australia Conference 2017

The ASIS International Australia Conference 2017 is the premier gathering of security professionals. The conference provides an established platform for education and business exchange, addressing the key trends and issues facing security professionals locally and globally. Key topics Terrorism Cyber-Security Behavioural techniques Security Management Emergency Management The conference is a great … [Read more...]

Teaching Sales Staff To Respond Effectively To EAS Alarms

Most readers are familiar with electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems and their utilisation as a fundamental loss prevention (LP) tool. A recent article stated that approximately 80 percent of American retailers utilise some EAS tools, but only 44 percent of LP professionals describe it as effectively executed. This article focuses on addressing one of the biggest downfalls when utilising EAS systems – the lack of … [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...]