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...]

A Strategic Approach To Physical Security

By Tony Haddad Physical security assets are often high-value assets of significance to an organisation, and are costly to procure and maintain. When seeking to secure budget approval of a new security system, the typical business case will focus on the cost of installation. The client will traditionally document the requirements, at times with the assistance of a specialised security consultant, and these requirements … [Read more...]

Genetec Announces Mission Control—Situational Intelligence and Decision Support System

Offering Will Empower Organizations to Confidently Manage Both Routine Operations and Unexpected Incidents Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open-architecture, IP security solutions recently announced Mission Control, a Decision Support System (DSS) that will provide security professionals with new levels of situational intelligence, system visualization, and incident management. Designed to work … [Read more...]

Honeywell puts building controls in occupant’s hands

Mobile software application enables building occupants to tap into Internet of Things capabilities to address common building issues including temperature settings, access control. SYDNEY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Building occupants long have grappled with whom to call when their work area is too cold or how to gain access to a facility when they forget their access card at home. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced a new mobile … [Read more...]

GLOBAL THREATS DRIVES HOLOGRAM 2017 GROWTH, SAYS TRADE BODY

The IHMA’s Dr Mark Deakes says there will be continuing demand for authentication and brand protection holograms in 2017 CONTINUING demand for effective security devices to meet global threats will drive growth for authentication and brand protection holograms in 2017, says the industry trade body. Next year marks 70 years since the first commercial hologram was developed and the International Hologram Manufacturers … [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...]

External Risks And Shocks – How Resilient Is Your Organisation?

The fact that today’s businesses are global is not news, but the extent of the globalisation of trade and commerce – and the risks it presents – are far from understood. In an increasingly interdependent world, organisations are often on the frontline when it comes to systemic shocks, catastrophic events or unanticipated political upheaval. The recent Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom produced a far from united … [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...]