Health Preparedness And Australian Counterterrorism Strategy

Killings carried out by terrorists are becoming worse and more gruesome to achieve the shock factor. While there is no suggestion of any new specific terrorist threat to Australia, the Australian Government is looking again at security for public events following last year’s Bastille Day attack to make sure that all necessary arrangements are in place. The Nice attack, where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed a truck … [Read more...]

Mass Gatherings – The Role Of Security Professionals

Without doubt, concentrations of large numbers of people in accessible places are potential targets for terrorist and criminal attack and present a unique set of challenges to security professionals. Places of mass gathering include sporting venues, shopping complexes, open-air markets, business precincts, tourism and entertainment venues, cultural facilities, hotels and convention centres, public transport hubs and … [Read more...]

The Refinement Of Smart Homes: Opportunities For Installers And Locksmiths In 2017

It is a well-established fact in the marketing and business worlds that it costs as much as five times as much to attract new customers than it does to retain an existing customer. However, in service-based industries such as locksmiths or domestic alarm installation where a customer has a very specific need that, once fulfilled, is unlikely to generate much in the way of repeat business, the question becomes, how do you … [Read more...]

The Key Considerations For Implementing A Crisis And Recovery Management Plan Across Borders

A corporate crisis can strike at any moment, in any location. Indeed, a crisis relates to an incident, human or natural, that requires urgent attention or action to protect life, property, environment or reputation. In the age of digital media, it can be business as usual one day and, without prior warning, the following day an international corporate crisis can be in full swing. With an almost immediate news cycle … [Read more...]

Marseille Police Force selects STid for weapons management and security

STid and the City of Marseille are pleased to announce the inauguration of Be-Weapon, the first police weapons and equipment management solution that uses RFID technology. The inauguration ceremony and media presentation was held at the Plombières weapons storage facility in Marseille, in the presence of Mrs. Caroline Pozmentier-Sportich, Deputy Mayor of Marseille and Vice President of the PACA Region, who is responsible … [Read more...]

Presenting CCTV Evidence In Court: A Case Study

By Gary Palmer With Internet Protocol (IP) and high-definition (HD) CCTV now a part of everyday life for residential, retail and corporate business, it is more important than ever that the fundamentals of basic operation and system objectives are met. If not, the likely outcome will be a very expensive set of electronics that now provides little or no useful information to prosecute an offender. As an example, and … [Read more...]

ASRC MASTERCLASS SERIES 2017: MASTERCLASS #4 – BOMB SAFETY AND SECURITY

Following the launch of the book “Bomb Safety and Security – the Manager’s Guide” in late 2016 the Australian Security Research Centre is hosting a ½ day Masterclass based on the book. ASRC Masterclasses enable peer-to-peer discussion of relevant topics guided by a leader in the field. Takeaways from this Masterclass are the principles underpinning a safe and sensible response to bombs, threats, unattended items and … [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...]

Five Reasons Why Classification Is The First Step To Successful Data-Loss Prevention

When looking at best practices for successful data protection, the first or second step is almost always discovery and identification. Data-loss prevention (DLP) tools can give you some sense of what you have and can monitor the flow of information, but they cannot provide identity to the degree of certainty that is required for proper data governance. In contrast, data classification provides the permanent and explicit … [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...]

Loss Prevention Tips For The Peak Sales Season

So, the peak Christmas sales season is already upon us! For many retailers, the months of November and December offer the benefit of making a high dollar return on full-priced merchandise, while January provides the best opportunity to clear aged or seasonal inventory. In terms of cash passing through the registers, a retailer’s sales can be expected to rise sharply throughout the peak Christmas period. Along with the … [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...]

Dahua Technology Opens New Showrooms

Dahua Technology recently opened showrooms in Sydney (St Leonards) and Melbourne (Docklands) to provide technical support and help system integrators and distributors increase their sales. In the past two weeks, Dahua hosted opening events to demonstrate how system integrators and distributors can use the space. The showrooms can be used to host live demonstrations so customers can see Dahua products and systems at … [Read more...]

Honeywell puts building controls in occupant’s hands

Mobile software application enables building occupants to tap into Internet of Things capabilities to address common building issues including temperature settings, access control. SYDNEY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Building occupants long have grappled with whom to call when their work area is too cold or how to gain access to a facility when they forget their access card at home. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced a new mobile … [Read more...]