The coronavirus outbreak (also known as COVID-19) has had a major impact on the security and business continuity of organizations with significant ties to China. It has also created global travel issues, and its potential spread is a good reason for organizations to re-examine their plans in case a pandemic hits a geographic region vital to that organization’s business interests.
Dr. Jo Robertson, author of Executing Crisis: A C-Suite Crisis Leadership Survival Guide, shares her top five rules for leading an organization through turbulent times.
The wide scale of the coronavirus pandemic, which has touched six continents, presents a wide stage for corruption, backroom deals, and fraud.
“The push for companies to show what they are doing for the greater good will only intensify through the lens of the pandemic; the public will want to know whether companies put people or profits first during this global crisis,” says Allison Wood, an associate director at Control Risks.
As much of the manufacturing industry in Mexico has continued operations classified as essential throughout the federally mandated quarantine, businesses are facing unique and acute challenges.
An unusual combination of sustainability, safety, and security aids Radisson in becoming a more trusted member of both global and local communities.
Critical infrastructure owners are increasingly creating remote connections to their operational equipment—potentially introducing unforeseen vulnerabilities.
Cathy Lanier, senior vice president of security for the National Football League discusses how the coronavirus pandemic redefined the phrase “game changer” and how she’s already looking at what lies ahead.
The number of people affected by floods worldwide will double in the next decade, according to new analysis.
The United States is taking a multi-prong approach to preventing intellectual property theft. But it needs international partners to succeed.
From documentation to witness statements to video surveillance, learn what lawyers and expert witnesses are watching for in negligent security court cases.
A long-term push for digital transformation paid off for Microsoft’s security department when COVID-19 disrupted global operations.
Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Businesses that implement robust and sustainable strategies to take care of their people during the COVID-19 pandemic will fare better than those that do no not.
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.
There is no one perfect business case for all new security projects. Finding the best approach requires a shift in perspective and the right supporting evidence.
Harding University Assistant Director of Public Safety Kevin Davis discusses how security at his school managed the pandemic-related campus closure and what they doing to prepare for what comes next.
Security leaders have a chance to use previous rare tragedies—such as terrorist events or natural disasters—as a catalyst to improve their organization’s resilience.
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.
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.
Security directors add value when they find data-based leading indicators that can help an organization prepare in advance for the risk factors unfolding as a result of COVID-19.
An increase of both telework and insider attacks, leaders need to reorganize how they spot warning signs and mitigate potential attackers.
The more personal a problem is, the less willing people are to report it. But when domestic abuse threatens to escalate into workplace violence, early warning is essential.
As news proliferates yet public interest wanes, security leaders face myriad challenges to present accurate, timely, and actionable information to key decision makers. Here, two CSOs share their tips for communicating and influencing perception during the pandemic.
Using an ESRM-based approach can help organizations re-emerge after facing major, pandemic-induced disruptions.
Research from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that face recognition algorithms’ accuracy rates vary widely based on the subject’s age, race, and gender.
Several dominant security themes have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown and economic freefall. All of the practitioners participating in this ASIS Foundation research project emphasized that staff, customer, client, and contractor safety is paramount.
Convention centers have played an important role in regional pandemic response. Here are some lessons learned from those put into use so far.
This short segment excerpted from a webinar describes the travel risks the pandemic exposed.
Security professionals are often considered essential personnel who must report to work during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what employers need to know to ensure staff is prepared to be at the job site.
The preparation involved in enterprise security risk management (ESRM) enables organizations to act decisively and confidently in times of crisis.
More organizations are shifting to allow employees to work remotely. Now is the time for enterprise risk managers to strengthen programs against new vulnerabilities unique to telework.
Amid floods of information, sales pitches, shifting risks, and staffing challenges, how are enterprise security leaders keeping up during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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.
Experts offer advice on creating an organizational culture to prevent sexual harassment.
As employees take advantage of business travel to venture out on leisure time, organizations debate what services to provide.
More than 30,000 kidnappings occur globally, and business travelers are prime targets.
The decisions you make today to mitigate the threat of the coronavirus pandemic will have significant impact on your operations in the future.
Most organizations have activated incident management teams; fewer had practiced for an emergency situation in the previous 12 months.
Brian Ishikawa, senior vice president and director of corporate security for the Bank of Hawaii Corporation, shares how the coronavirus has impacted the bank's business continuity.
The chief information security officer for Fullerton Health, based in Singapore, discusses his organization's experiences dealing with the pandemic.
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.
New research finds that the world is not prepared to prevent or respond to a global pandemic. But lessons learned from previous outbreaks can help address vulnerability gaps.
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.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is currently facing a triple threat: Ebola, measles, and militant attacks.
The European Union’s privacy regulation poses new challenges for investigators looking to carry out their work.
The world has changed since the 2003 SARS outbreak. Has your pandemic preparedness plan changed with it?
Lebanon, Chile, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Colombia are just a few of the many countries thrown into tumult recently by civil unrest, and these situations have many ramifications for security professionals.
As wildfires grow more volatile and unpredictable, business continuity managers around the world are scrambling for creative solutions.
China is stealing intellectual property on a grand scale, posing economic and national security threats to the United States.
When it comes to food defense in manufacturing and processing facilities, personal grievances can trigger widespread public health impacts.
The size, scope, and frequency of recent natural disasters are pushing U.S. agencies to reevaluate their mass care preparedness.
In considering future trends and demands, focus on four key areas to increase adaptability enough no matter what lies beyond the horizon.
New research by the ASIS Foundation indicates that full convergence of physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity is not commonplace.
Economic sanctions remain an oft-used security tool, but they are far from foolproof. Recent research examines what types of penalties usually get the best results.
Hotel security teams are dealing more and more with potentially damaging social media posts and videos, finding a way forward by relying on fundamental training and cooperation throughout an organization.
Tarah Wheeler shares her thoughts on convergence and responding to security incidents at GSX 2019.
Some employers are dropping marijuana testing from preemployment screening as research on impairment continues.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a new strategic framework for countering terrorism and targeted violence.
School administrators and security leaders face increasingly complex and multidimensional bullying problems.
Some security professionals believe converging functions under one umbrella might save money, but it’s not the top benefit for departments that have taken the plunge.
The opioid crisis in the United States has crossed socioeconomic, geographic, and political lines, affecting a broad swath of the American population—including the workforce.
To avoid emotional, knee-jerk responses to tragic events, security professionals turn to research to ensure strategies are effective.
Adopting a successful ESRM program often requires a full understanding of ESRM – its components, contexts, and complementary strategies.
U.S. officials work with state and local partners to rebuild trust and enhance election security after Russian interference in 2016.
Working with studios, associations, and third-party providers, content creators and owners are constantly trying to prevent the next blockbuster breach.
As houses of worship face increasingly violent threats, faith-based organizations are getting creative in their pursuit of security resources.
Through focus, patience, and non-linear thinking, malicious actors create new paths into organizations. Defenders can use attackers’ tactics against them.
After mass shootings, bombings, cyberattacks, and more, is security fatigue starting to take its toll?
As security officers take on more proactive roles, they face potential legal ramifications from overstepping their bounds.
Not all security recruits need to be security experts. With the talent gap widening and necessary skill sets skewing toward business acumen, leaders are looking to other industries or departments to find fresh insight.
As natural disasters increase in frequency and force, supply chains lengthen, and interconnectivity raises complications, traditional business continuity doesn’t cut it anymore.
Transnational criminal organizations are using improved connectivity and technology to discover new pathways to profit and stymie investigators.
As the measles outbreak spreads in the U.S., security professionals and healthcare providers reassess how to keep business travelers healthy.
After disasters and conflict, culture can play an irreplaceable role in resilience and recovery for cities and organizations.
In response to the growing threat of violent reactions to retail workers’ requests for customers to follow pandemic rules, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance for retail employees and businesses on how to mitigate their workplace violence risk while preventing the spread of COVID-19.
CISA released a 5G strategy report, which outlines the U.S. approach to mitigating the risks associated with the rise of 5G wireless technology.
Four U.S. government agencies issued a guidance document designed to help public and private entities navigate the legal space of detecting and mitigating security threats posed by drones.
Lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm sparked several new small blazes in northern California and stoked a huge blaze that threatens more than 4,500 buildings in the area around the Angeles National Forest.
Hurricane Isaias hit North Carolina overnight and barrels up the Mid-Atlantic with tropical force winds, storm surge, heavy rains, and tornadoes.
People in 25 countries worldwide are facing devastating levels of hunger in the coming months due to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a United Nations and World Food Programme analysis.
The United States has ordered China to close its Houston, Texas, diplomatic consulate within 72 hours—a move made in response to alleged violations of American sovereignty and “massive illegal spying and influence operations” from China, including intellectual property theft.
Floodwaters have washed away more than 10,000 homes across the state of Assam, and 300 relief camps have been established.
A new study from Deloitte gives overview of the state of AI adoption and highlights risk and ethical concerns companies face.
Despite a 400 percent rise in COVID-19-related cyberattacks, Americans remain largely unconcerned about cyber crime, according to a new report.
On 16 June, Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire. The plea deal means a $3.5 million fine but no jail time for executives of California's largest utility provider.
Over the past 10 days, North Korea has announced it would sever hotlines with South Korea, demolished a joint liaison office in a border town, and threatened to abandon an inter-Korean military agreement aimed at reducing border tensions.
On Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the largest one-day increase in infections worldwide, with 183,020 new cases. Out of those, 54,771 were in Brazil, and 36,617 were in the United States.
Minneapolis residents and individuals across the United States are preparing to participate in various forms of activism on Friday and throughout the weekend to mark Juneteenth.
In case you missed it, COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc almost everywhere, and the economic outlook is dire.
IBM announced it will discontinue its general-purpose facial recognition business and opposes the use of the technology to conduct mass surveillance and racial profiling.
The European Union has classified the new coronavirus as a mid-level threat to workers—a move that allows EU-based employers to apply less stringent workplace security measures than if COVID-19 was listed as a high risk.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow private businesses to deny people entry if they are not wearing facial coverings or masks.
Recent social media activity has experts concerned about the potential for disinformation to color the outcome of upcoming elections, including the 2020 presidential election in the United States.
In a unique series of videos, Sarah J. Powell discusses what organizations can do about the fear and stress the COVID-19 pandemic can cause in an organization.
Civil unrest and defiance of stay home orders are spreading in the United States as the response to the coronavirus becomes increasingly politicized across the nation.
The economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed how vast swaths of society and organizations worldwide operate—including criminal organizations.
Fraudsters have jumped at the opportunities presented by the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigative unit works to keep pace.
The National Safety Council announced the creation of a task force this week to provide best practices for employee safety and returning to work amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite a significant lack of testing availability in the United States, shortages of personal protective equipment, and the continued spread of the coronavirus around the globe, countries, states, and municipalities are facing increased pressure to take steps to reopen segments of their economies.
As hurricane season nears and severe weather looms, authorities are grappling with the realities of responding to a natural disaster mid-pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Defense CIO released a list of a list of best practices for cybersecurity and protecting an information network while teleworking.
Governments across the globe enact massive stimulus packages as pandemic upends the world economy.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now urging Americans to wear face masks when they venture outside, and even homemade cloth masks can be effective if used correctly.
A U.S. government task force is weighing recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and plans to issue recommendations in the next few days.
Nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
New Jersey officials arrested a state resident after he allegedly coughed on a grocery store employee and told her he had the coronavirus.
Technology components manufacturers are primary targets for warranty fraud, but new data-crunching technology may be able to help.
More than 80 cities and districts across India—including New Delhi—have been placed under stringent lockdown after coronavirus cases were detected there.
The earthquake hit near Magna, several miles west of downtown Salt Lake City. No fatalities have yet been reported, but afflicted areas continue to be monitored.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to aid U.S. state and local jurisdictions, as well as the private sector, in identifying and managing essential workers in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Oil-rich Russia and Saudi Arabia play a game of economic chicken with each country promising large production increases that could decimate oil markets—at a time when overall financial markets are already reeling.
According to government data, femicides in Mexico have surged 137 percent over the past five years; many violent murders go unsolved.
The World Health Organization is asking for leaders to use their full government powers to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, which has neared more than 100,000 cases around the globe.
Learn how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting businesses and security's role in crisis management and response in this segment from a recent ASIS webinar.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 may have been circulating undetected in Washington state over the past six weeks, according to a genetic analysis of virus samples.
As the number of cases outside China grows, U.S. health officials say that Americans should prepare for the virus spreading in the United States.
Researchers note the limited use of artificial intelligence in the U.S. government, as well as opportunities for enhancement.
Italian officials ended Venice Carnival—an annual festival that attracts thousands of people—two days early as COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to climb.
As COVID-19, the coronavirus outbreak centered in China, is spreading and beginning to effect companies whose supply chains and markets involve China, security professionals should examine their organization’s pandemic preparedness plans.
The U.S. Department of Justice charged Huawei and its subsidiaries with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets in an indictment released late Thursday afternoon.
Lawmakers in the United States and Scotland are considering legislation limiting the use of facial recognition.
A vital U.S. government agency tasked with aiding state and local election officials to secure election systems “has not yet completed” plans to secure the 2020 U.S. presidential election less than 10 months away, a watchdog report found.
The State of Convergence report shows slow adoption of a converged security function, but business conditions may speed up the timetable.
With Chinese officials confirming that more than 8,000 cases of the coronavirus, governments are evacuating their citizens from heart of the outbreak while airlines worldwide cancel flights to China.
Insurance premiums to protect shops, offices, and businesses in Chile from damage related to anti-government protests in 2019 and early 2020 have at least doubled, and in some cases they have tripled.
After being ousted from the Recording Academy, former CEO Deborah Dugan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming the academy contributed to sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and unequal pay.
Department of Interior, military, other agencies cite security concerns with Chinese-made drones.
More than 20 students receiving military training in the United States will be sent back to Saudi Arabia following a Pentagon review of a December 2019 shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
In response to catastrophic, ongoing bushfires, 3,000 reservists have been called up to assist in firefighting and evacuations in Australia—the largest military deployment on the continent since World War II.
The internationalization of far-right threats and tension between the Persian Gulf countries rank as the top two security risks for companies in 2020, according to a new risk forecast.
ASIS Foundation study researches the degree to which physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity have converged into a single department.