The New Mass Gathering Security Reality

By Craig Harwood How does security counter the terrorist threat at places of mass gathering? That IS the question, is it not? Firstly, it is flawed thinking if one believes by countering that the threat is negated in its entirety. Insidious, callous, cowardly and suicidal attacks by their nature are extremely difficult to thwart. When an offender is willing to die in the execution phase of his attack at any stage, … [Read more...]

Scenario Design – Building Blocks Of Operational Success

By Richard Kay An instructor’s obligation is to prepare officers for that aspect of their job that has the potential to put them at risk. Preparing officers to survive confrontational situations has several factors: physical skills to control situations and ensure safety, knowledge to make decisions within lawful parameters and emotional resilience for post-incident management, expressed as safety, survivability and … [Read more...]

Intelligent Public Safety – Brains Over Brawn

By Richard Kay The operational environment can be a dangerous place, with interpersonal conflict and violence being very real potential risks to officers as well as the public. Officers require practical solutions to resolve situations and confrontations, and that requires the ability to act from the basis of a planned approach involving strategic thinking. To teach officers how to act, it is important to teach them how … [Read more...]

When Risk Becomes Reality

By Michael Dever Before considering what will/could/should/may happen after a major incident, definitional issues need to be considered. How is a ‘security-related atrocity’ or a ‘major event’ defined? In this context, what is being looked at is high-consequence, low-probability and low-frequency attacks causing a major incident and the appropriate reasoned and logical response to the incident in the post-event … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Access Control Installed Base To Exceed 2.3 Billion While APAC Annual Shipments Stall

The total installed base of access control readers, panels, credentials and electronic locks is expected to reach 2.3 billion by 2016, up from 1.8 billion in 2012. About 95 percent of the installed base in 2016 was credentials, which is not surprising due to the requirement that each user have a card or pass. However, the growth of credentials is slowing, even though it makes up a majority of the market, because the … [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...]

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...]

The Cost of Security

Security is expensive, particularly bad security. The following is an example from friends who attended an outdoor event as vendors where they had paid a considerable fee to trade until 5pm each day. On this occasion, at 4.30pm each afternoon, the hired security guards would start shepherding the patrons out the gates and quite forcibly advising the vendors that they had to stop trading by 5pm, including the food and … [Read more...]