Let’s start with the basics: the reason we take off our shoes at the airport is because the shoe bomber tried to get a bomb on a plane. The reason we can only carry on 3-ounce bottles? Someone tried to get a liquid bomb on a plane. Body scanners? Underwear bomber. But what if we took a look at suspicious behavior of the people attempting these acts of terrorism instead of relying primarily on machines to do our dirty work?
Security officers are our first line of defense and work tirelessly for our protection. Behind the public face of the security officer lives an expertly prepared and ever vigilant professional who is well-trained and highly knowledgeable about their location and market.
Whistleblower tips are the most common method of detecting occupational fraud. Research by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners shows that more than 60 percent of frauds are uncovered by tips; in organizations with a hotline in place, tips expose more than half of all frauds. Further, nearly 40 percent of tips are received from internal employees.
Awakened from a deep sleep by the midnight call, the corporate-level chief security officer of this Fortune 500 Company knew he was in for a nightmare. His director of security for the firm’s Texas manufacturing facility was on the brink of panic. “One of our employees gunned down, execution-style, a female coworker at the time-clock, fired multiple shots at other employees, and then blew his brains out in the cafeteria. The police are here. It’s bad – real bad.” The CSO knows how the rest of the story will unfold, because local management had severely underestimated future risks when the employee was involved in a serious altercation with the same coworker months earlier.
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is proud to be holding our 3rd Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for July 31 – August 2, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The theme for this year’s conference is “Bridging the Gap between Safety and Security.”
Healthcare institutions have managed workplace violence with measurable success, despite the challenges faced in hospitals, emergency rooms, mental health, nursing homes, long-term care and community healthcare facilities. The magnitude of the problem is astounding – its devastating impact looms mightily in the hearts and minds of boards of directors, C-suites and security directors as both a real institutional threat and a contentious business reality facing healthcare today.
True or False … in many healthcare facilities, workplace violence is exclusively a security issue? In many instances, the answer would be true. However, in order for healthcare facilities to properly address the issue of workplace violence, a collaborative team effort amongst several disciplines within the healthcare facility needs to occur.
Well-trained officers can be one of the most effective risk management tools for security firms. Proper training can prevent accidents, improve performance and minimize the number of incidents that can lead to costly lawsuits.
The U.S. government continues to face a momentous, transnational threat: Mexican drug trafficking organizations (MDTOs). Mexico’s capacity to combat MDTOs, coupled with the U.S. adeptness to assist in that vein, will have significant implications for both countries and beyond and security overall.
It is no secret that CSOs need to be business enablers to maximize success and to collaborate across disciplines as part of a broader enterprise risk strategy. In my article from the August edition of Security magazine, business acumen, strategic capabilities and entrepreneurial mindsets are underscored as the key skills corporations are demanding from security executives and are requirements for generating business value and collaboration in an enterprise risk management program.
Not all employees are saboteurs or malicious actors, but without education, unwitting employees could cause just as much damage as a targeted data theft in the long run. Read how to prevent this in the August 2015 issue of Security. Also read how building stronger relationships with local and national law enforcement can aid in school security awareness and response, learn about the dangers of continuing to use old credit card terminals, and see the ASIS International 2015 product review.