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...]

Delivering A Safe And Secure Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committed will deliver an athlete-focused Games providing long lasting benefits for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Commonwealth.  With so many incidents occurring around the world, Safety and Security is critical to this event. Security at major events relies heavily on multi-level, local, state and federal government relationships as well as public and private … [Read more...]

Organisation Resilience – A Catchcry Or An Effective Holistic Approach To Risk Management

At this year’s Security Exhibition and Conference (26-28 July), Claire S. Willette of Windrose International will be presenting a strategic look at organisational risk, raising the discussion above traditional risk management tenets which tend to centre around alternately preventative and reactionary checklists and processes, as well as the standards that establish the integrity of those processes. This presentation … [Read more...]

4 Steps To Integrate Risk Management Into Strategic Planning

Let me first start by saying integrating risk management into strategic planning is NOT doing a startegic risk assessment or even having a risk conversation at the strategy setting meeting, it is so much more. You will also find it difficult to relate if the objectives have not been defined or documented in your company or if the objectives are not measurable.  Kevin W Knight, during his first visit to Russia a few … [Read more...]

Employee Theft Consequences: Risk vs. Gain Theory

Herman Laskey, Jr., LPQ, CFI from losspreventionmedia.com When associates properly understand employee theft consequences, they may not ever take the risk of being dishonest in the first place. I have found that discussing with associates the risks of theft and comparing them with the potential gains greatly reduces their potential to steal from their employers. Most associates do not consider the punishments and … [Read more...]

Protecting Sensitive Sites In A Changing World

In the wake of various terrorist attacks that have been carried out around the world in recent years, sensitive sites are facing a broader range of potential threats than ever before. These atrocities have been characterised by their unexpectedness and the difficulties involved in protecting against them. As a result, businesses are re-evaluating their defence systems in search of a complete security solution, but it is … [Read more...]

Risk Management After the Atrocity

For this issue, I was asked to write about risk management as it would apply in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. It is an interesting subject because if risk management strategies had been effective then arguably, the atrocity would not have occurred. However, disturbing surprises and risk management failures do happen. I want to look at risk management from the point of view of both sides - those on the receiving end … [Read more...]

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...]