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School Security: One Year After Sandy Hook
The first anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings put the state of school security in the headlines recently. There have been more than two school shootings per month in the US in the past year—and almost double that number when college and universities are included. TES reporter Richard Vaughn takes a frank look at how the school environment has changed; with active shooter drills becoming part of every child’s experience and school administrators balancing perception, cost, and effectiveness as they upgrade their security infrastructure.
Education Week Reporter Michele Molnar takes a closer look at some of the specific security equipment and initiatives that schools are implementing...
Critical Infrastructure at Risk from Physical and Cyber Attacks
At 1:31 a.m. on April 16, 2013 a perimeter surveillance camera at a Pacific Gas & Electric substation picked up an unexplained streak of light that was immediately answered by the muzzle flash of a gun from just outside of the camera’s scope. In the minutes that followed more than one hundred rounds would be fired on the station, expertly disabled 17 of the station’s 23 transformers by damaging the oil-filled cooling systems.
The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, PBS and USA Today, each make it clear in some compelling coverage that almost a year after the attack little is known about the motivation or the people involved. What does seem indisputable is the nation’s power system, and everything that relies on it, is vulnerable to such a low-tech type of assault; and little enough has been done to mitigate that risk since this attack.
In what is clearly a second front, the BBC reports that energy companies are having difficulty securing insurance policies due to what the insurance companies consider inadequate security against cyber-attacks.
"So many companies are still using security technology that is not fit for purpose in today's threat landscape," Andy Philpott, SVP Sales, Websense. "This is a wake-up call for utility firms seeking out insurance against cyber attacks and increasingly being refused. There needs to be a mental shift refocusing from insuring against the aftermath of an attack to preventing it entering the network in the first place."
Reducing Violence in the workplace Developing an effective internal prevention program
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
Studies show that workers in all industries are regularly subjected to work place violence ranging from minor physical abuse to large scale incidents. A panel of experts representing the legal, human resources and security personnel perspectives will share their unique viewpoints on what causes workplace violence and the steps every company should take to help reduce incidents. Security industry executives will learn how to identify warning signs, important steps to developing internal policies and the best procedural elements including who should be a part of your internal threat assessment team.
Webinar participants will learn:
Key reason why violence in the workplace continues to be an issue
Effective components of workplace violence prevention programs
Steps your company might want to consider before it arrives at a violence prevention program
Michael Hogsten, Vice President G4S Legal and Compliance
Chuck Brock, Vice President Strategic Accounts, G4S Secure Solutions
Michael Goodboe, Ed,D, Senior Consultant, Human Resources
Final days to renew for 2014!
If you’ve completed your renewal – we thank you! If not, please be sure to login to your My ASIS at www.asisonline.org by February 28 to renew. Member benefits for those that have not renewed as of this date will be suspended, unfortunately. If you’d prefer to renew by phone, please call our Member Services Representatives at +1.703.519.6200, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST).
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Colin Powell to keynote ASIS 2014
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will share leadership insights gained over the course of 50 years in public service, when he delivers the keynote address at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, Ga. The keynote session is open to all registered attendees.
The region's premier event for security and law enforcement professionals is coming up fast. If you haven't registered yet, you won't want to miss your best two-day investment of the year.
First-rate education, the latest security solutions from top suppliers, and opportunities to connect with peers and colleagues from the public and private sector—you'll find all this and more, March 13-14, at the ASIS NYC Security Conference & Expo.
Attendees of the ASIS NYC Security Conference & Expo will get answers to their career-related questions and learn how to best position themselves on the job at the ASIS Career Pavilion.
Transitioning to the Security Profession?
A special reception will be held at the historic New York Athletic Club, co-hosted by the ASIS New York City Chapter and the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council. Connect with some of the industry’s most senior security leaders, who will share their insights and personal experiences during a brief program on successful transitioning from the public to the private sector. Shake hands, learn what it takes, and exchange business cards. If you are a current or former law enforcement or military professional—or a security professional interested in learning about effective transition practices, this event is for you!
Space is limited. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis; limited to NYC Conference & Expo attendees only.
Share your chapter’s P3 success story
Applications for the 2014 ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC) and the Foundation’s Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence are now being accepted. ASIS chapters are encouraged to share their successful programs developed in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies. The award will be presented in Atlanta at ASIS 2014. Visit www.asisfoundation.org for award details and application.
Earn your bachelor or master’s degree on scholarship
The ASIS Foundation is currently accepting application for six full-tuition scholarships to University of Phoenix. All security professionals are eligible to apply through April 15. Winning professionals may earn their degree of choice from any programs offered at University of Phoenix. Classroom and online courses are available.
Applications for two full-tuition scholarships to attend Webster University will be accepted beginning March 4. Winning ASIS members will have the opportunity to complete a graduate degree in Business and Organizational Security Management. Recipients may choose to attend a Webster University on-ground campus, Webster University online, or a combination of the two.
From March 1-31, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan is running its Access All Areas campaign. All journals, including Security Journal, will be free to view online. ASIS members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to sample journal content, and to share the promotion with colleagues.
UK Survey to Identify Drivers of Security Excellence
Security practitioners from around the globe are asked to take part in a survey being undertaken by the Security Research Initiative to identify what makes security departments and suppliers excellent. Take the online survey.