Hiring a new employee can be a rushed process, especially if the position is a mission-critical one. But neglecting to follow through on pre-employment screening can be even more disastrous to the enterprise than having an empty seat for a few weeks. A foregone or limited background check, a lack of fact-checking or a single-minded policy about hiring could leave a company with rushed hire and an unsuitable new employee, or worse – a wave of new risks and liability.
In 2004, the United State’s Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration established the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) to, as quickly as possible, identify, secure, remove and/or facilitate the disposition of high-risk vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials around the world that pose a threat to the United States and the international community.
Picture this – in 20 minutes, one enterprising hacker at the 2012 Defcon conference in Las Vegas learned one Wal-Mart store’s physical logistics – from the janitorial contractor to where employees go to lunch – key details about the make and version numbers of the Wal-Mart manager’s PC, browser and anti-virus software, and got the manager to upload the address of an external website into his browser – no questions asked.
When the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last year in their hometown of Los Angeles and home ice rink, STAPLES Center, Lee Zeidman and David Born celebrated with them. Both men were not only proud that the LA Kings brought home a championship, but they celebrated the fact that during the series, the team, their families, fans and employees were safe and the facility was secure.
In the past year, highly publicized mass shootings — especially the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December — have made the call for armed security officers commonplace. To many, it seems logical to fight fire with fire; that is, using armed officers to combat armed criminals and prevent tragedies from occurring.
Welcome to the adventures of complete facility access control solutions. Enterprise security leaders and integrators face diverse mysteries here, but each can be solved with an intelligent mixture of technology, security focus and IT collaboration, seasoned with a big dose of bottom-line business benefits.
The Bandos Island Resort and Spa had a communications problem – the Maldives Islands resort needed a direct connection between the two control centers over an eight-mile distance without spending more money on a legacy audio system.
What does Dr. Park Dietz, one of the world’s foremost forensic psychiatrists, want you to know about mitigating workplace violence? Read his guide on warning signs and prevention, along with features and columns on RFID technology, mobile credential standards, security convergence, CSO interview questions and more in our February 2017 edition of Security magazine.