Building Risk Culture Is Easier Than Making Hot Dogs

Yes, building risk culture is that easy! Before I explain, let me first clear some misconceptions about risk culture that have been floating around in the non-financial companies. Making decisions under uncertainty is not natural for humans Back in the 1970s, scientists had a breakthrough in understanding how the human brain works, what influences people’s decisions, how cognitive biases impact on their perception … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cyberfraud Trends

Cyberfraud and cybertheft tend to be underdetected and underpunished in most countries, including Australia, but it is estimated the amount being stolen from corporations worldwide at present totals approximately $4.9 trillion a year – or close to five percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). Australia’s GDP in 2015 was $1.62 trillion. Most fraud and financial crime today is conducted over the Internet, which … [Read more...]

Crime Statistics And Risk Management

When I started my research in the late 1980s, I quickly came to the view that risk management is a simple idea that is implemented easily in most routine circumstances. However, there are some situations when there are many complicating factors that can result in poor decisions and risk management failure. The authors of standards like AS/NZS 4360, ISO 31000 and ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015 cannot provide a standard risk … [Read more...]

Review of ARPI’s Strategic Risk Policy 2016

A not-for-profit organisation called the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) recently published a paper entitled Strategic Risk Policy 2016. In the paper, ARPI argues that they have devised a new approach to avoiding risk that is different to conventional risk management. The paper is not an academic argument, nor is it in the form of an industry standard for practitioners. ARPI describes it as a guide to risk policy … [Read more...]

Alarm Online

Physical security systems have benefited from the technology revolution. Control modules are network-aware, or at least they connect to a PC. Some are PCs. They interact with a website account, or they contain a website. They provide remote access. They get system updates. The great thing about this is that users can interact with the system and configure and review it without needing all those special tools used in … [Read more...]

Engineers Patent Limited-Range Projectile To Reduce Collateral Damage

Imagine a bullet that could self-destruct if it missed its target. Apparently, it is not as far-fetched an idea as we might think. Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) were recently awarded with a US patent for their proof of concept work on a limited-range projectile. Brian Kim, Mark Minisi and Stephen McFarlane filed collectively for the patent on 7th May 2013 … [Read more...]

Security And Safety

A few years ago, I was invited to talk about security and crowd safety to the board of directors at a major oil company headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since this was my home town, I did not think I would have any security problems when checking into the building. However, at reception, I had to produce two photographic ID references (passport and drivers licence), was checked with a wand (metal detector scan), … [Read more...]

Digital Storage In Surveillance

In today’s world, all visual and audio data is now in digital format. Each new day in surveillance requires new terabytes of storage space for the thousands of cameras around various cities, major towns and regional areas; including shopping centres, factories and prisons, to name a few. The need for data storage grows exponentially with every new mega-pixel sensor and with every new technology (which was high definition … [Read more...]

In-Flight Revenue Risks

In-flight purchases are an important revenue stream for airlines globally, with the function allowing passengers to purchase duty free items and on-board upgrades, as well as other services such as additional food, beverages, internet and telephone use. While such features are convenient for passengers, they can be susceptible to a number of risks, including staff pilferage, passenger theft of goods/services, counterfeit … [Read more...]

When Risk Management Fails!

  Periodically, security professionals are expected, by standards of good governance, to conduct a physical security risk review at a facility or a whole portfolio of facilities. These might be offices, an airport, power station, water supply dam, a hospital, railway network, sports stadium or a shopping centre. No matter what type of facility, the process of conducting a risk assessment should be quite well … [Read more...]