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Disease Outbreak: Security Resources

Hasty COVID-19 Responses Open Windows for Corruption

The wide scale of the coronavirus pandemic, which has touched six continents, presents a wide stage for corruption, backroom deals, and fraud. “In a time of crisis, when resources are scarce and the stakes are high, eliminating corruption in the response to an emergency is literally a matter of life and death,” says Irem Röntgen, business integrity program coordinator for Transparency International. “Yet, with large amounts of resources suddenly available and a rush to get it to those most in need, there are sadly still those who will seek to take advantage for their own benefit.”

ASIS Resources

COVID-19: The Rise in Domestic Violence

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, a less-publicized public health crisis is surging across the globe—domestic violence. This guide for employers can help address employee needs and workplace concerns during remote work and return-to-work settings.

Polytechnic Gearing Up for Fall Activity

Updated 23 July: This technical university in southeast Asia—which has a 75-acre campus and serves about 15,000 students—initially treated the COVID-19 outbreak as an influenza event, activating its business continuity practices and assembling its executive level crisis management team.

NGO Navigates Differing Attitudes on Masks and Temp Checks

Updated 23 July: The pandemic has had a significant impact on all of this NGO's operations around the world. Office and administrative staff now work from home, and travel has been largely shut down, putting connectivity and technology to the test.

Clothing Retailer Experiments with UV Fabric Cleaning

Updated 7 August: The economic downturn has savaged retail businesses, though stores with significant online operations have been able to keep some operations going. That is the case for a U.S.-based clothing retailer with close to 1,000 corporate-run brick-and-mortar locations throughout North America, as well as franchised locations globally.

Ready for Reentry?

As organizations reopen their facilities, they must be aware of threats that may arise from a lack of human presence during shelter-at-home orders, such as the opportunity for Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

COVID-19 Response Enhances Security’s Image and Standing

Updated 17 June: A Europe-based polymer company with hundreds of facilities around the world has taken a glocal approach when responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Country security managers have established their own crisis management teams, so they could pull information from local plant and site managers.

Recovery Goes Granular at Global Bank

Updated 28 July: Because this Canada-based global financial institution has major operations in Asia, corporate security was alerted to the coronavirus early on. Business continuity, HR, legal, corporate security, real estate, and executives came together to sort out roles and responsibilities.

COVID-19 and Crisis Management Planning | Security Snapshots

VIDEO: Machiel toe Water, global head of physical and personnel security for Philips, joins Colm Clarke for a discussion about how effective preexisting emergency management plans were in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, how changes in manufacturing priorities affected security initiatives, and more in this Security Snapshot video interview.

Conducting COVID-19 "In-Flight" Incident Reviews

At this time, there is tremendous value in briefly pausing to reflect on the organization’s COVID-19 journey to date and conduct an “in-flight” incident review as a means of optimizing the approach going forward.

Facilities Management: Reopening Concerns For COVID-19 Recovery

WEBINAR: In this webinar, presented jointly by ASIS International and Security Industry Association (SIA), panelists will discuss a risk-based approach to infectious disease response planning and propose a series of enhanced physical security measures that can assist organizations in protecting key areas of their facilities.

A Guide to Employee Temperature Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus. But will taking temperatures really work?

Q&A: Agility and Planning for Multinational Pandemic Response

For international business services company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), managing business continuity and crisis response to the coronavirus pandemic has tested its international, regional and national capabilities. However, key steps—such as the early creation of a dedicated task force for information sharing—have driven a more streamlined, agile crisis response.

Managing COVID-19 Fear and Stress

In this series of five videos, Sarah J. Powell, director of emergency management at Temple University, shares insights and experiences on the psychosocial impacts of managing your teams and yourself through critical incidents.

How to Reopen Your Mail Centers

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies shut down their offices and told people to work from home. As they begin to reopen, companies will face several major hurdles in their mail centers.

Connecting Through Crisis

WEBINAR: Presented jointly by the SIA RISE Committee and ASIS Young Professionals (YP) Working Group, this webinar discuss ways up-and-coming security professionals can take forward strides in their personal and professional development even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Security on the Front Lines: Evolving Legal Issues

WEBINAR: This webinar will touch on critical legal topics, including personnel risk and duty of care, how to effectively manage staff designated as essential employees, front-line security officers working outside of their traditional scope, and hiring and onboarding new employees.

Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Phase 3 Stimulus Replenishment

On 24 April, President Trump enacted H.R. 266 to provide additional funding to the popular small business loan programs created under the “Phase 3” COVID-19 relief package in March. This brief summary outlines key replenishment levels available to small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

ESRM and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The preparation involved in enterprise security risk management (ESRM) enables organizations to act decisively and confidently in times of crisis.

Pandemic-Based Risk Mitigations

A U.K.-based security risk consultant shares a collection of risk mitigations gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic that security managers can include in future planning.

Guide to U.S. State and Local COVID-19 Programs

This guide to U.S. local and state COVID-19 programs has been compiled as part of the SIA and ASIS International partnership to create response-related resources and direct both organizations’ members to current information. The document is a state-by-state guide to programs, with web links and additional notes. Special thanks to Ntiva for their research and efforts in compiling this information.

In Crisis Communication, Start with Empathy

Crisis response hinges on two factors: what the organization does and what the organization says. When these halves align, it results in trust and a more positively received and effective response.

Summary of New COVID-19 Stimulus Law “Phase 3”

On 27 March, President Trump enacted H.R. 748, known as “Phase 3,” to provide economic relief to critical American industries and government operations impacted by COVID-19. This summary addresses key provisions that impact the work of SIA and ASIS members in the U.S.

Q&A: Security’s Role During Pandemic Response

Scott Stewart from Stratfor explains how security professionals can leverage their creative problem-solving skills and preparedness to diffuse panic and secure operations and assets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic Impacts HR issues

Whether employees are working at home or on-site, employers should be aware of various workplace and employment issues raised by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Global Demand Puts Pressure on Healthcare Supply Chains

In light of potential shortages and rising value of personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare security professionals can take additional steps to protect these newly high-value items and shore up supply chain vulnerabilities.

It's Time to Plan

From its epicenter in southern China, SARS went on to infect 8,096 people around the world and kill 774. National and international public-health resources were stretched to the breaking point.

News of Note

Stronger Together: ASIS Response to COVID-19

Just as you support your organization and community during turbulent times, ASIS International plays an important role in supporting you. As COVID-19 has spread, ASIS has actively curated useful resources security professionals can use to become more informed about this threat.

OSAC Travel Tips: Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) offers tips to stay healthy when travelling abroad.


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