Facing Up To Security Threats And Risks – A Small Business Perspective

Many small businesses think they are simply not big enough to be the target of cyber-attacks, but this is increasingly not the case. In fact, online threats are one of the fastest growing security risks facing small businesses; with scanners becoming progressively sophisticated in the way they target unsuspecting businesses. In the past year alone there's been a range of scams aimed at small businesses, from fraudulent … [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...]

Johnson Controls Security Products Signs on With New Distributor Partner ISCS

New distribution partner in Australia highlights continued growth for video brands in the Pacific region Tyco Security Products, now known as Johnson Controls Security Products, is pleased to announce the appointment  of International Security Control Solutions Pty. Ltd (ISCS) as a new distributor partner for Australia for the company’s line of video surveillance solutions.  A leading distributor to the Australasian … [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...]

Confronting an ISIS Emir: ICSVE’s Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narrative Videos​

Most experts agree that the most successful counter-messaging campaigns against ISIS are the ones that utilize the voices of insiders: the voices of ISIS victims and ISIS cadres themselves who have first-hand knowledge of the group’s brutality, corruption, religious manipulation, and deception. In this regard, we at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) have spent the last two years … [Read more...]

The Growing Threat Of Terrorism In Australia

By Dr David Wright-Neville The recent release of the respected 2016 Global Terrorism Index carries some worrying implications for Western nations such as Australia. Of particular concern is the increasingly migratory nature of the kind of fury that inspires terrorism in other parts of the world. The report drives home the point that in the 21st century, anger does not need a passport. It travels quickly and efficiently … [Read more...]

Conducting Workplace Investigations

Welcome to 2017. The festive season is always busy for the security and law enforcements industries in Australia and around the world. I hope that you all had a great Christmas and new year, and your company and family prosper throughout 2017. We are in a period of increased social and political conservatism, which is heralding great change for us all, and no more so than for the security industry. With that change … [Read more...]

Total Facilities, 29–30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

Total Facilities presents two-days of discussion and discovery for FM and like-minded professionals. It combines Australia’s largest offering of innovative facility products and services with forward-thinking strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance. A thriving exhibition floor featuring over 150 leading brands will showcase real solutions to meet operational challenges, whilst free-to-attend educational … [Read more...]

Will Rhetoric Trump Security?

On 8th November 2016, global politics went into a tailspin. A world still struggling to come to terms with the shock of Brexit was confronted by the Donald Trump bandwagon rolling into Washington, D.C. on the back of a mainly white, some would say racist, backlash against the political, intellectual and economic establishment. Such was the shock of Trump’s victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that it is … [Read more...]

Crisis Leadership – more than managing people

In the last column, I focused on the results of what makes a good boss, but not every situation can be managed in the ‘business as usual’ mode. Often, particular leadership characteristics are required that are not normally expected or exhibited day to day. “A crisis can arise when threats posed by adverse events or emerging issues are permitted to escalate beyond thresholds. Such a situation may result from natural … [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...]

Caveat Emptor – Challenge Of Grey Imports In The Australian Security Market

Everyone has heard the term caveat emptor, a Latin term that means ‘let the buyer beware’. Similar to the phrase ‘sold as is’, caveat emptor means that the buyer assumes the risk that a product may fail to meet expectations or have defects. In other words, the principle of caveat emptor serves as a warning that buyers have no recourse with the seller if the product does not meet their expectations. What many people fail … [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...]