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...]

Responding To A Data Breach

It is coming up to the weekend and everyone is starting to relax; the beer and champagne are coming out and everyone is now talking about their weekend plans. I see some senior leaders gathering and going in and out of meeting rooms. Uh oh, something is definitely going on. I hope it is not because my time sheet was late. The senior leaders are starting to look more worried and appear a bit lost. I have now been told … [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...]

Why Top Executives Need To Rethink Crisis Management

For a long time, crisis management was regarded as a tactical activity focused mainly on writing a manual and responding as well as possible in the hopefully unlikely event that a crisis actually occurred. As a result, it was often delegated down the organisation to middle managers and technicians whose skill sets may be best suited to dealing with emergencies or system breakdown rather than how to take steps to prevent a … [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...]

Three Fatal Mistakes Most Risk Consultants Make

Warning: this article may upset some conservative risk managers. Risk management in modern non-financial companies is very different compared to five years ago. The level of risk management maturity, for lack of a better word, has grown significantly. As more and more companies across the globe are looking to implement robust risk management, the demand for risk management consultants is also growing. Unfortunately, not … [Read more...]

Who Is Next In Line?

Two conversations recently brought home the need for succession planning. The first, a friend’s remark regarding an industry meeting he had attended, “I looked around the room and realised we were all old men.” Second, a call from another friend to tell me that he had cancer. If those in the industry are indeed engaged in the art of security, the industry should be able to look ahead, plan for the future and … [Read more...]

Leadership by Example

Although I didn’t think soat the time being drafted into the US Army while living in America was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was 19 years old and had just finished high school with the intention of going on to university in California when Uncle Sam called. During my 3 month Basic Training course I quickly learned self-discipline, self-reliance and developed a grudging admiration for the leadership … [Read more...]

Security Networks: When Electronic And IT Security Collide

Until the reasonably recent past, electronic security systems existed in stand-alone environments, often utilising expensive proprietary software and hardware, and being operated and maintained by specialist professionals. Systems such as CCTV and intrusion detection and access control were completely independent from other networks that operated within a business, building or facility, and were made up of analogue … [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 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...]

Why Do Companies Still Make The Same Mistakes?

For decades, crisis management has been institutionalised and taught at universities. Corporations and businesses have procedures in place. So why are some still making the same mistakes when facing a crisis? Recent crisis examples show the fragility of what has been taught. Are organisations forgetting these lessons when faced with the pressures of crises? Is the stress so great that primary reactions prevail? Do … [Read more...]

The Time For Micro-Segmentation Is Now

Corporate security strategies are failing, so leaders must re-tool to face the latest cyber threats. It could be said that 2015 was the year cybercrime became mainstream. Companies from all over the world, including the likes of Kmart, David Jones, Aussie Farmers Direct and Queensland TAFE locally, as well as JP Morgan Chase and Ashley Madison globally, all came under scrutiny as their breaches became mainstream … [Read more...]

Harmonisation Of The Security Industry – Is It A National Disaster?

At a recent security industry meeting, the question was raised, yet again, why more had not been done to standardise (harmonise) regulation and training of the private security industry across all Australian states and territories, especially by industry peak bodies and associations. Harmonisation of job skills and regulation has been an industry topic since regulatory changes commenced in the early 1990s; however, … [Read more...]