Masterclass – Bomb Safety and Security – Melbourne

ASRC Masterclasses enable peer-to-peer discussion of relevant topics guided by a leader in the field. This Masterclass will be lead by Don Williams CPP, author of Bomb Safety and Security, The Managers Guide Takeaways from this Masterclass are the principles underpinning a safe and sensible response to bombs, threats, unattended items and post-blast scenarios. The emphasis is on providing a safe and secure environment … [Read more...]

The Value Of ‘What If’ Tests

My father was involved in mechanical engineering all his life and he used to say that a good boss would often ignore one of his people staring into the distance because many times that person was considering the ‘what ifs’ of a design. It may have been that it was my dad’s excuse for just wool gathering. So, what has that to do with aviation security? Well, I have always been a fan of conducting something similar that … [Read more...]

Can The Police Force Me To Turn Off My Dash Cam?

I was recently pulled over by the police. When they went to question me, they noticed my dash cam and told me to turn it off. When I asked them on what basis they could require me to do so, they would not answer. In the end, I thought I had better not rock the boat and turned it off. My question is whether or not the police have the power to force me to turn it off? Dale Griffith, Victoria.   As you would be … [Read more...]

Lessons From The Assassination Of A Russian Ambassador

On the evening of the 19th of December, 2016, the world was shocked as news started coming out about the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. Karlov was shot from behind as he was delivering a speech at the Cagdas Sanat Merkezi centre for modern arts in Anka. The assassin, off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, showed his police credentials in order to appear like he was … [Read more...]

Preventing terrorism and protecting the world’s civilians

Leading security figures from around the globe will discuss changing terrorist threats at World Counter Terror Congress in May Counter terrorism remains very much in the spotlight, with extremist groups such as the so-called Islamic State continuing to target civilians around the globe. Over the last year there have been high profile attacks in Normandy, Nice, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin and New York, while bombings across … [Read more...]

#creditcards

Every day there are thousands of credit card transactions that occur around the world. But have you ever wondered how the transactional process works for transferring credit card funds? I have. I have always been fascinated about the mechanics of how our credit cards transact and talk to each other. So, off I went in search of further understanding of the geometrics of the payment card industry (PCI) and understanding the … [Read more...]

Data breaches becoming more complex, pervasive and damaging, finds Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Digest

Data breaches are becoming more complex and are no longer confined to just the IT department, but are now affecting every department within an organization. Each breach leaves a lingering, if not lasting imprint on an enterprise, finds the 2017 Data Breach Digest. As we found in the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the human element is again front and center this year. Humans continue to play a … [Read more...]

The Qualities of a Great HR Manager

Whether or not your business has a dedicated HR Manager, there are three activities that are of vital importance and will determine success in this role. These are hiring the right people, managing staff performance and appraisals and ensuring that terminations are handled properly. These are the key activities where the quality of the HR Manager must shine. Hiring The Right People The main difficulty with hiring … [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...]

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...]

National Security

Prime Minister Turnbull returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Peru all fired up about counterterrorism and that was the theme of his national security statement to the House on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Terrorism is often included as a safe topic at international talks because just about everyone can contribute without there being major disagreements. However, there are many … [Read more...]

Courtroom Survival: Operational Safety After The Fact

The purpose of operational safety training is to prepare officers for that aspect of their job that has the potential to put them in harm’s way, and includes knowledge for officers to make correct decisions within lawful and procedural parameters, physical skills for officer safety and subject control, and strategies to manage the stressful aftermath of confrontations. One aspect that is often not addressed properly is … [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...]

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...]