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IAPSC members present panel at Secured Cities:
When-Why-How to Hire an Independent Security Consultant; and When Not To
Seasoned security consultants from the IAPSC — Lynda Buel (Moderator), Harold Gillens, Michael Bouchard, and Russell Kolins (right to left) — presented a panel at the Secured Cities conference on Nov. 6 in Baltimore. The panel discussed the distinct differences between product/service associated security persons vs. the independent security consultant, as well as ethical considerations with and for the relationships above. They also shared insight into the skills required for security management, technical, operational and forensic needs of government agencies, institutions, corporations and others. The panel examined the value of a security consultant and how/when to hire one. IAPSC would like to thank Secured Cities for the opportunity to participate in this event and a special thank you to IAPSC member Jim Clark for his hard work to coordinate the panel and membership booth.
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IAPSC 2015: Old Growth vs. New Growth — the Future of Consulting
Join your IAPSC colleagues for the IAPSC Annual Conference 2015, Old Growth vs. New Growth — the Future of Consulting, April 19-22 in Napa, California! This year's program will feature such topics as, "Keeping Your Customers for Life," "Gaining Support from Management and Corporate Security," "Terrorism and National Security — How It Affects US Business," "Using Social Media to Increase Brand Awareness and Customer Retention," and "Security Risks Involved with Ebola and Other Infectious Disease."
Registration will open at the end of November 2015. Keep an eye out for the official announcement — the first 15 registrants will be eligible for a drawing to win a free night in Napa and other prizes!
IAPSC to offer 'Successful Security Consulting' half-day workshop in New York City
Join IAPSC instructors William J. Birks, CPP, CHS-III and Curtis Baillie, CSC at ISC East on November 19 for this half-day workshop on how to successfully launch a new security consulting practice or jump-start an existing one. Learn the essential traits for success from a faculty of expert security consultants covering topics such how to start your business, attract clients, and best practices for completing the consulting assignment. View the detailed agenda and register today!
IAPSC members offered FREE Executive's Club registration for ISC East — Largest Annual Northeast US Security Convention
ISC East, sponsored by SIA, is the Northeast's Local Connection to the World of Security. Join us Nov. 19-20, 2014 at the Javits Center North in New York, NY. IAPSC Members, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your VIP registration link.
Report faults training, communication errors for White House breach
Due to a host of "performance, organizational, and technical" failures, an intruder was able to scale the White House fence in September and make his way inside the executive mansion before he was taken down by Secret Service agents, according to a report on the incident by the Department of Homeland Security that was made public.
The review faulted the agency for insufficient training of the officers on duty, noting that "staffing shortfalls" have left the Secret Service unable to provide regular training for its uniformed division officers. It also noted that the training they did receive did not prepare them for "non-lethal force scenarios" like the one that unfolded on September 19.
How security companies can enhance customer relationships during the holiday season
Security Info Watch
As the holiday season approaches, most businesses will be looking forward to their busiest, most lucrative time of year. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Advent, Chanukah, Kwanza, Christmas and New Year's, all carry the promise of more shoppers, more clients, more customers and more revenue. As an incredibly important time in the year for retailers specifically, many rely on a productive holiday season to make a major contribution to their earnings for the year.
Rise of the robot security guards
MIT Technology Review
Knightscope, a startup based in Mountain View, California, has been busy designing, building, and testing the robot, known as the K5, since 2013. Seven have been built so far, and the company plans to deploy four before the end of the year at an as-yet-unnamed technology company in the area. The robots are designed to detect anomalous behavior, such as someone walking through a building at night, and report back to a remote security center.
GPS tracking devices: The benefits and pitfalls for car dealers
By Ryan Clark
Law enforcement officials recently announced the rescue of Philadelphia nursing assistant Carlesha Freeland-Gaither thanks to the GPS tracking device in her abductor's vehicle. However, what has been a godsend for law enforcement officials and the kidnapping victim has turned into somewhat of a headache for auto dealers — depending on how the technology is used. For dealers, the practice of placing these devices has aroused controversy following accusations of discrimination and privacy violation.
The new Sandy Hook Elementary School is all about invisible security
When the 2016 school year starts, students and faculty will return to Sandy Hook Elementary School for the first time since a gunman killed 20 students and six adults. They will return to a new building and landscape thoughtfully, but subtly, outfitted with security measures designed by local architecture firm Svigalis + Partners.
5 steps to more mobile security savvy employees
When it comes to mobile device security, we are our own worst enemies. Despite the fact that many people have come to rely on their mobile devices 24/7, most users don't appear to be getting any smarter about security, researchers say.
In 2012, 44 percent of adults were unaware that security solutions existed for mobile devices, according to Symantec's Threat Report.
Survey roundup: False sense of security?
The Wall Street Journal
More than three-quarters (77 percent) of the more than 400 IT professionals from retail, energy and financial services sectors in the U.S. and U.K. who were asked said they are confident in their company’s basic security controls, according to a survey from information security company Tripwire Inc. Just under half (47 percent) said they are confident in the secure configuration of routers, firewalls and modems connected to their network.
10 security mistakes that will get you fired
Getting fired from an IT security job is a rare event, but there are certainly ways to ensure or accelerate your own unemployment. As systems become more complicated and companies more responsible for increasingly sensitive private information, the stakes for IT security keep escalating. With increased stakes comes increased pressure on those charged with fortifying corporate defenses.
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