As enterprises expand across the globe, so do the responsibilities of a security executive. Industry experts weigh in on wide-ranging issues from international investigations to supply chain resilience and more.
With Zika now a “foreseeable” risk under Duty of Care, organizations are realizing their potential liability and are proactively mitigating their employees’ exposure to the threat by educating and protecting their employees traveling to – or living in – Zika endemic regions.
A student missing after a catastrophic earthquake, a bus carrying students is involved in a fatal accident in an area with no cellphone connectivity, or a terrorist attack closes a major international airport – each of these realistic scenarios can quickly turn an exciting study abroad program into a personal and organizational crisis.
Public health officials and policy makers have recently learned lessons regarding high-profile health events of international concern. SARS revealed that disease may be more easily transportable with global travel.
In the wake of disasters like Nepal’s earthquake, proactive efforts provide a significant return on investment when reacting to the extraordinary challenges of response and recovery; they reduce the demand for reactive resources in environments rife with life safety constraints and limitations.
From big box retailers and gourmet coffee shops to oil and gas companies, software firms and major automakers, U.S.-based businesses continue to expand their reach with global operations, all of which require the same high standard of security services as they have implemented stateside.
We’ve gotten pretty good at collecting all sorts of data from cameras and other sensors – but in the end, it is what we do with the information that counts. Surveillance technologies provide the capability to capture the minutest details, but the real value in collecting information is in its analysis. While technology allows us to observe behaviors that predict criminal intent and can interdict before events occur, often this data is subverted by security professionals and law enforcement misinterpretation based on spurious factors.
It will come as no surprise that international travel poses a rapidly expanding number of risks for travelers. For women, the risks are magnified, especially in certain regions of the world. High-profile attacks on women in a number of countries reflect a general state of danger for female travelers.
Travel risk mitigation plans should protect all employees, including travelers, expatriates and emerging market employees, and there should be a focus on Duty of Care. The plans should include clear and comprehensive policies governing business travel as well as the ability to locate and communicate with travelers within minutes of a significant event.
Start off the new year with an exclusive look at the innovative security technology in the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in our annual Security Technology & Innovations Report. This issue also includes guides for retail security leaders on video surveillance techniques, tips for retrofitting your access control systems, and recommendations for the new U.S. president on cybersecurity and terrorism.