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Announcement from IAPSC President Harold Gillens: Newly forming IAPSC interest groups
In order to increase networking opportunities by area of specialty, the IAPSC Board of Directors is proud to introduce IAPSC Interest Groups.

The Interest Groups will facilitate member relationship-building across areas of specialty and interest. They will provide new opportunities for IAPSC members to survey the needs of the membership in their specialized areas and discuss current topics, best practices and guidelines, challenges members are experiencing, and trends in the industry.

Each Interest Group will schedule quarterly 1-hour web-based audio/video conference calls, each with a specific agenda established in advance. Members will have the opportunity to participate either by phone or by audio/video connection via the Internet. These meetings take place via audio/video conference call on the third Friday of the month at 9 a.m. Pacific Time/12 noon Eastern/5 p.m. U.K.

Participate in an Interest Group:

  • Cybersecurity (Jim Kelton and Michael Bacon, co-chairs) Initial topics to be covered: NIST cyber security framework, security and privacy controls for federal information systems and organizations, data breaches, and international security considerations.

  • Forensics and Security Management (Ken Wheatley and Norman Bates, co-chairs) At the kickoff meeting for this new Interest Group there will be a discussion to determine areas of interest that the Group can address for professional development and consulting/forensic needs.

    Interest Group participation is for IAPSC members only. To access the schedule and dial-in information, log in to the IAPSC website Members-Only section using your user ID and password at: and click on "Interest Groups."
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    Sennewald's Security Management to be featured by ASIS
    IAPSC Founder Chuck Sennewald's upcoming 6th Ed. of Effective Security Management has been selected as the source of the Spotlight section of the American Society for Industrial Security, International, website next month. In that piece they are including a copy of the book’s cover and a link to purchase it. ASIS has 38,000 members worldwide. The book is scheduled for release Sept. 1, 2015.
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    Join us at ASIS 2015 in September for member networking!
    Join IAPSC for two opportunities to connect with association members and colleagues in the security industry during ASIS 2015 in Anaheim, CA. The IAPSC networking reception for members and their guests will be the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m. Also, be sure to visit our information and membership booth on Monday, Sept. 28 or Tuesday, Sept. 29. 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:
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    Welcome to IAPSC's newest members
    Gerard King
    Chief Executive Officer & Owner
    Mediatech Design Group

    Mediatech Design Group (MDG) is a multi-discipline, international consulting firm that provides complete ICT and ELV design services encompassing building security, communications infrastructure and telecommunications. Gerard King leads a team of qualified and experienced consulting and technical design staff who consistently work to international standards in the delivery of standards compliant designs that meet and exceed the operational needs of their clients. MDG is registered under the DTMFZA in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is active in the Middle East and North African markets and has offices in Dubai, Hong Kong and India. The company has been in operation for 15 years and is considered as the leading technical design and consultancy firm in the region for hospitality and retail mall developments. The company has a team dedicated to security consulting services and specializes in design for new build projects.

    Martin Coeshott
    Senior Security Consultant
    Mediatech Design Group

    Martin has over 15 years of experience in the design of Security Systems and has over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. He stared his career in the South African Army where he reached the rank of First Lieutenant, Infantry serving in Angola as a communications specialist. After leaving the army Martin joined the Wild Coast Sun Hotel & Casino group and has worked through the Hotel industry in various roles over a 15-year period holding Duty manager and Systems Manager positions in London. Most recently Martin was an IT Consultant for Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) based out of their European Headquarters in Brussels and then IT Director for the Kempinski Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. From first hand experience Martin brings a comprehensive practical knowledge of hotel operations, is a specialist in data security and provides team guidance on all issues related to PCI DSS compliance. Martin is responsible for the development of detailed security system designs incorporating crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED); physical barriers and site hardening; physical entry and access controls; security lighting; intrusion detection systems and video surveillance.

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    Mark your calendar — IAPSC Annual Conference is in Charleston!

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    Speak no evil: Keeping silent about workplace safety concerns
    EHS Today
    Antea Group has released the survey results on technology professionals' opinions and knowledge about environment, health and safety and what they say might surprise you. The survey has found a conflict between values and behaviors among employees. Two-thirds of workers say they value a safe, secure workplace, but more than half would not intervene if they saw an unsafe act.
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    Mass shooting shines spotlight on church security
    The shooting massacre that left nine people dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, horrified the nation and instantly raised questions about the adequacy of security at houses of worship across the nation. Similar to schools and hospitals, churches have to maintain a delicate balance between having an open and inviting environment with reducing their risks to not only worst-case scenarios like active shooters, but also more common types of everyday threats such as property crimes and assaults.
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    Why is the security profession movement making significant progress?
    By Thomas Parker
    Protecting your family, business, friends and neighbors is important to everyone. We want to be safe and secure. Reducing the chances of becoming a victim to a crime is everyone’s responsibility. However, managing the known risk is often made by the key decision-makers of the household or business that we live, work at or visit. Unfortunately, many people in the past relied exclusively on law enforcement for patrolling their areas and properties being the visual deterrent needed to prevent crime.
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    Mall shooting draws attention to lack of training, oversight for private security industry
    The Gazette
    Private security guards working at Iowa malls, schools and corporations have no required training and no recurring background checks, despite increased threats at these facilities. Lawmakers and the public are raising questions about licensing requirements for private security companies after an off-duty guard fatally shot a woman June 12 at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.
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    House Homeland Security Committee releases new monthly snapshot of terror threats
    Fierce Homeland Security
    There have been two dozen plots linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against Western targets in the first half of this year, up from 19 over the entire course of last year, according to a new monthly feature from the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding terrorist threats.
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    Security for Pope Francis: Mayor of Rome promises to help Philadelphia
    Philadelphia's security preparations for Pope Francis' 48-hour visit have been going on for more than a year. For Ignazio Marino, mayor of Rome, papal security is an everyday issue. "It's pretty tough because the pope is a terrific person, he attracts millions of people, so traffic and security is a huge, huge issue — particularly in these days and time with possibility of terroristic attacks, we are always concerned," Marino said outside his office in Rome.
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    Almost half of leading websites fail security and privacy tests
    In an audit of 1,000 websites, including those of leading retailers, banks, social media, news and government bodies, 46 percent were found vulnerable to known online security threats. According to the nonprofit Online Trust Alliance, which conducted the study, sites belonging to Internet of Things companies are most at risk. The audit included the websites of 50 leading Internet of Things device makers, focused on wearable technologies and connected home products.
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