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The IAPSC is quietly active in the security industry and having a positive influence wherever we go. Upcoming events include:
At ASIS, the Board of Directors is going to be presented with some new and exciting planned measures for the IAPSC for 2015:
- ASIS Successful Security Consulting training in Atlanta. This has been a successful event in generating revenues for the IAPSC, which is particularly important this year as we are working hard to finish the year with a balanced budget.
- Secured Cities in Baltimore where IAPSC will have a booth featuring our website and volunteers who will be teaching end users how to find consultants on the IAPSC web site. I continue to look for a volunteer to facilitate a panel session to teach end users why, how and when to hire a security consultant. Thanks to Jim Clark for volunteering to facilitate the booth staffing throughout this short event
- ISC East in New York — Where the IAPSC will once again hold an abridged Successful Security Consulting training course.
- Multiple initiatives with the Security Industry Association (SIA) relative to updating IAPSC/SIA AutoCAD symbols as well as looking at an update for CSI security division specifications.
Our committees are very active right now and I appreciate all of the work that everyone is doing. Best wishes for a successful ASIS show.
- Enhancements for the website to help end users find IAPSC consultants and to enhance the stability and resiliency of the site
- A budget with a positive bottom line for 2015
- An expanded Successful Security Consulting program which for the first time ever will be held outside of the standard ASIS/ISC venues
Frank Pisciotta, CSC
President Business Protection Specialists, Inc.
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Join us for these IAPSC activities at ASIS 2014
Join IAPSC for two opportunities to connect with association members and colleagues in the security industry at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Our networking reception for members and their invited guests will be the evening of Sunday, Sept. 28 in room B308. Also, be sure to visit our information and membership booth #CB50 outside room B314 on Monday, Sept. 29 or Tuesday, Sept. 30. Members will be available to answer questions about IAPSC and the benefits of membership. To get details, RSVP for the reception, or to volunteer for a time slot at the booth, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just announced — Tour of the M&T Bank Stadium — Home of the Ravens
What set's Secured Cities apart from other competitive shows are the unique site tours that provide practical applications that highlight how unified technology solutions work. This year's event will feature three different site tours. Just announced is the tour of the Camden Yards Sport Complex — M & T Bank Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The tour is limited to the first 50 people who sign up. The tours are free with your Secured Cities conference registration. Additional tour options >
Visit SecuredCities.com for details and to register. This conference is more affordable than other competitive shows. If you register by Oct. 3 you will save $74 on admission to the conferences and exhibits. Your admission also includes a complimentary networking reception on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
IAPSC 2015 — Save the date
Mark your calendar for the IAPSC Annual Conference, the largest and most exclusive gathering of top security consultants, on Sunday, April 19-Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California. Conference planning is already underway, led by Committee Chair Lynda Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC and registration is set to open later this year.
Why BYOD polices are crucial for the workplace
By Betty Boyd
Bringing your own device, or BYOD, to the workplace has been around for several years, and will not be going away anytime soon. In fact, it is a growing concern for both the public and private business sectors. How does an organization handle BYOD in the workplace? The best way is with effective policies. There needs to be a real sense of urgency on the part of organizations to help promote, implement and enforce BYOD policies. These policies need to be agile enough to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology, but be able to satisfy the workforce as well.
What makes hospital patients turn violent?
It's common for patients to come into a hospital with injuries, but too often they're the ones inflicting injury on nurses, technicians and security guards, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed incident reports of patient violence to identify the situations most likely to lead to a physical conflict, in the hope of training hospital staff to avert the attacks. Among hospital workers, nurses, mental health professionals and security staff are most at risk, they point out, but hospitals' efforts to reduce workplace violence are hampered by a lack of information about the reasons violence flares.
Survey shines light on background screening priorities in higher education
Security Info Watch
Given the emphasis that's placed on security at colleges and universities across the U.S., one of the simplest and most important aspects of safeguarding a campus begins with performing background checks on faculty and staff members. However, the types of background checks performed by schools on prospective employees varies between institutions.
Wearable cameras: This arrest is being recorded
In an era when everyone has a phone that can record video or audio, police have struggled to catch up with this new reality. Phone camera video recordings of officers behaving badly quickly go viral. But now the technology that puts miniaturized video cameras into smartphones also powers body-wearable cameras. And police are finding that to be a good thing.
The security skills shortage no one talks about
Seventy-five percent of chief information security officers say that someone on their team is asked to speak in front of the board of directors or CEO at least once a year, a CEB survey finds. Sixty-seven percent of information security professionals across all roles say they interact with a business partner outside security at least daily, a similar survey finds. What these findings show is that information security's rise in prominence within companies is amplifying the need for soft skills alongside technical security depth.
FTC: Identifying regulatory gaps in big data difficult
Fierce Government IT
During opening remarks, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez noted that big data has the capacity to reinforce disadvantages faced by low-income and underserved communities. By raising awareness of the risks presented by big data, the FTC hopes it can become a tool for economic inclusion, not exclusion, she said.
Security increased at major transit points in New York
The Associated Press via WABC-TV
New York is starting to deploy National Guard troops and additional police to beef up security at major transit points and other locations in response to a heightened threat of terrorism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by state lawmakers, said the stepped-up security is already underway and likely to last months, but it isn't in response to any specific threat. Cuomo said the increased tensions with international terrorist organizations are undeniable.
2nd White House incident: Another intruder and tighter security
The Christian Science Monitor
The Secret Service, following two embarrassing security breaches at the White House, is said to be considering establishing new checkpoints to screen tourists in public areas near the presidential mansion. Meanwhile, the man accused of scaling a security fence Friday and getting into the president's home carrying a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance in federal court.
DOD has 1 million contractors eligible for security clearance, but not on payroll
The Washington Post
When the Government Accountability Office was looking at security clearance issues, it found a curious situation among Defense Department agencies: Some have more people eligible for clearances than they have employees. In fact, almost a million contractors are in the Pentagon's system but are not on the payroll, according to the department.
Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats
The Washington Post
An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency's ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.
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