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Highlights from the IAPSC 2015 Annual Conference
By Lynda Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC, CPTED Practitioner
As the 2015 IAPSC Annual Conference chair, I would like to personally thank all of the attendees, Conference Committee members, and especially our sponsors for being part of a great conference in Napa, CA. This year’s speakers were exceptional from Joe McDonald sharing his insights on compliance to our panel discussion on Gaining Support from the C-Suite to Jim Hill sharing the latest information on drones and how they interface in the world of security. For those of you that were not able to attend, you really missed out on an incredible opportunity to network, learn from industry experts, and build on your own business.

We are looking forward to hosting next year’s conference at the Mills House in historic Charleston, South Carolina from April 17 to April 20, 2016. We will begin preparation for the conference in the coming months and are looking forward to seeing everyone there. So mark your calendar today and plan on joining us for another outstanding conference.
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Congratulations 2015 IAPSC Award Winners
At the 2015 Annual Conference Awards Banquet on April 21, two IAPSC members were recognized with IAPSC's most prestigious awards. Dave Aggleton, CPP, CSC (right) received the Charles A. Sennewald Distinguished Service Accolade for his outstanding contributions to the security industry as an author of the ASIS Protection of Assets publication, as well as his leadership as an accomplished author, educator, mentor, and security executive.

Kevin Murray, CPP, CISM, CFE, MPSC (left) was honored with Meritorious Life Membership in the IAPSC for his numerous contributions of time, talent, and expertise throughout his years of membership.

IAPSC President Frank Pisciotta also recognized the following four individuals for their invaluable service to the IAPSC: Lynda Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC, Conference Chair; Harold Gillens, PSP, CFC, CHS-III, Membership Chair; Rich Grassie, CPP, Education Chair; and Jim Kelton, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CDP, Treasurer

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How the IAPSC Conference is helping me to help my clients today
By Frank Pisciotta, CSC
As a recent participant in the IAPSC Annual Conference in Napa, CA, I wanted to share a small success story which is a microcosm of the value I receive from attendance at the conference. During the two day event, I was able to spend some quality time one on one with all of our sponsors. Within only one week of the event, I have already connected five sponsors to various client projects in Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and California. I was introduced to some new technologies (e.g. Agent VI video analytics) who is going to help me to help my clients immediately increase the value of their video management systems. Many of our sponsors work well together on projects and by way of example, Axis and Genetec were able to collaborate with me to help solve a video recording problem on a project in Tokyo. Honeywell and RS2 showed some clear differentiators which justify their being specified on several upcoming projects. The Coldstore recording solution from Veracity is also providing us with an immediate viable alternative to recording client video when the Owner wants an alternative to virtualizing the recorded video in their internal environment. Pelco displayed their new VMS and an old friend of the IAPSC Jack Meltzer was there to show how DVTel secured the Boston Marathon this year. Ayal Vogel an advocate for the IAPSC was there representing Altronix. We appreciate all Ayal does throughout the year as he works to connect independent consultants with whom he encounters with the IAPSC. Kristen Cory delivered another excellent presentation on a strong panel of video related experts. SightLogix participated in this panel and displayed some new technology which increases the ability to detect adversaries in challenging outdoor environments as did Optex and Southwest Microwave.

Ben Williams stays on the cutting edge of the built environment and presented some interesting developments and issues to monitor in smart building projects. Finally, Ray Coulombe presented a proposed change to CSI’s MasterFormat 2014 for Division 28. This proposal or whatever part is accepted by CSI will have a substantial impact on specifiers in the security community. I am already looking forward to Charleston. I find the IAPSC conference to be much more efficient and effective that some of the larger shows given the intimate nature of the conference and the ability to have quality time with each invited manufacturer.

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New and prospective IAPSC members enjoyed a welcome
dinner with the IAPSC Membership Committee at Tarla
Mediterranean Grill in Downtown Napa. Special thank you
to dinner sponsor Axis Communications.

Harman, Cole present at IOBSE 2015
IOBSE President Don Knox introduces Professional Security Consultants, Bruce D. Harman, CPP, (Left) and Leslie Cole, CPP (Right) prior to their joint presentation hosted and held by Home Depot at its Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, GA on May 1, 2015.
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Cyber threats undetected on government networks average of 16 days
Although the numerous high-profile, damaging data breaches in the past year brought the importance of cybersecurity to the forefront, government agencies are still struggling to develop a proactive approach to securing against cyber threats, according to a new report by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT.
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Economical and effective security design
Operators of infrastructures such as power grids and airports are expected to ensure a high level of security – but their financial means are limited. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an analysis tool for evaluating the effectiveness and economic viability of different security measures as part of an EU-funded project.
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3 stories of those under the gun during major crises
Emergency Management
In this feature, we look at three separate disasters through the lens of someone in command. All three of these emergencies were incredibly tragic and difficult or impossible to predict. Besides the tragedy, these emergency managers share lessons learned, some of which we discuss here.
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Payments industry not completely sold on security of chip-and-PIN
Security Info Watch
Despite the push by retailers in the U.S. to make the migration from traditional magstripe payment terminals to ones that are enabled with chip-and-PIN technology, the results of a new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute show that a large number of those involved in the payments ecosystem (retailers, financial institutions, payment processors, credit card brands, etc.) don't believe that the switch will necessarily result in greater security for consumer data.
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Workplace violence is on the rise and nursing staff are in particular danger
Fierce Healthcare
In a report that puts hard numbers behind a danger many health workers have long spoken out against, the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) found that injuries associated with workplace violence increased overall from 2012 to 2014 and "nearly doubled for nurse assistants and nurses." In 112 U.S. healthcare facilities, the overall rate of workplace violence rose from 4 to 5 percent for every 10,000 worker months--or the number of full-time equivalent workers at a facility multiplied by the number of months worked within the reporting period — between 2012 and 2014.
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How the 'Internet of Everything' is a game-changer for public safety
Emergency Management
Smart technologies are a force multiplier for public safety agencies, allowing them to serve growing populations even as public spending remains constrained. The Internet of Everything (IoE) provides the connective tissue in this evolving operational environment – not only bringing together objects embedded with electronics, software and sensors, but making them work together in the service of better policing.
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Are you spending your information security budget on the wrong technology?
Here are four areas that often are given insufficient consideration, but which you should be thinking about — and investing in — before it is too late.
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