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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Future Of Video Analytics

By Ryan Talbot and Michael Omeros Genesis of Video Analytics Since the introduction of video over an Internet Protocol (IP) network was first established in 1997, CCTV has, up until recently, been fundamentally known as a ‘dumb system’, providing just live, pre-recorded video playback and export capabilities with very little or no ‘smarts’ behind it. More recently, however, some CCTV systems have been described as … [Read more...]

Countering New-Style Terrorism: Leveraging On Rehabilitation, Local And International Cooperation

Terrorist attacks such as September 2011 in the United States (9/11) and the attacks in Spain (11th March 2004) and Britain (7th July 2005) have marked the dawn of global terrorism (Martin, 2004). In this new era, terrorism is increasingly seen in a different dimension than traditionalists’ objectives, as it knows no bounds and no boundaries (Netanyāhû,1981). New-style terrorism is attributed to the effects of … [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...]

10 Leadership Principles For Security Operations

The following are 10 hands-on, field leadership principles that I have personally found to be very useful for private sector security operations. Not only have I successfully applied these leadership principles myself, I have also taught them to other field leaders and watched how they too have had success with them. Though these principles come from over 15 years of my own leadership experience, I am not setting myself … [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...]

IP-Enabled Equipment Continues To Grow In The South-East Asia Region

During the course of recent IHS research on the access control market, the Asia-Pacific region was the fastest growing area globally. The region is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent, reaching $1.6 billion revenue in 2020. One particular trend that started to develop last year was the adoption of panels and other Internet Protocol (IP) based equipment. The use of IP-enabled equipment … [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...]

Standalone Security Systems Versus Integrated Systems

There are a number of reasons why clients opt for an integrated security solution, usually to increase the overall level of security, or make it easier to manage. Reducing threats and risks is the whole purpose of security, but has integration increased vulnerabilities? Options for clients include separate standalone or disparate security systems, integrated security systems and/or a dedicated platform such as a … [Read more...]