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Leveraging the GSOC During COVID-19

At industrial gas company Air Products, the global security operations center continues to play a critical role and add value for the organization and its stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unraveling the OSINT Oxymoron

There is almost infinite data freely available, and yet, it is so often ignored because of its sheer size and complexity. So, how can security professionals sift through the information to detect fraud?

In Case of Crisis, Build Community

In the face of natural disasters increasing in both frequency and ferocity, when the lights go out businesses should look to a nearby network of neighbors to get back up and running faster.

Clarifying Crisis Communications

In a significant number of school incident after-action reports, communication is called out as a failure point in the response. In nearly all, communication is noted as an area for improvement.

The Tao of Taleb: Learning from COVID-19

As COVID-19 approaches its two-year anniversary, security and risk management professionals would be wise to reflect on past failures in hopes of making our society antifragile to future global calamities.

Balancing Needs and Wants Against Situational Realities in Campus Security

As the threat landscape has changed, security leaders have had to adapt. It is infinitely important that the leaders responsible for the safety and security on university and healthcare campuses comprehend and strike a balance between needs versus wants as they build their programs to respond to changes.

Infographic: The Domino Effect of Food Shortages and Illicit Trade

When facing a lack of genuine or affordable raw material, dishonest producers used low quality or unsuitable ingredients, resulting in “an increase of illegal, counterfeit, and potentially unsafe food on the market,” according to INTERPOL and Europol’s Operation OPSON IX Analysis Report.

Bridging the Legal/Ethical Gap

Shifting regulation and decreasing consumer tolerance for corporate abuses of human rights may soon have non-compliant companies seeing both profits fall and losses in courtrooms unless they instigate a paradigm shift.

COVID Effects Let Trafficking Flourish

Government resources worldwide were diverted from human trafficking missions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, leaving gaps wide open for traffickers to target at-risk populations.

Time to Pivot: Applying ESRM After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may have provided an ideal push for organizations to implement an ESRM approach to resilience and crisis management, which can multiply security’s value to the business.

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Updating Business Continuity Basics After COVID-19

Core services do not mean all services. In a private enterprise scenario, your core functions must be identified so that your continuity plan ensures at least their partial operation within the shortest amount of time possible.


The Preparedness Puzzle

Resilience is a multifaceted concept, and depending on which way you view it, you may see different challenges and stronger solutions, says Michael Szönyi, Flood Resilience Program Lead at Zurich Insurance Company.

Security’s Role in Business Continuity

From deciding how to handle COVID-19 to natural disasters to civil unrest to cyberthreats, executives have turned to their security teams to help keep businesses safe.

Restarting an Economic Engine

Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues its third wave in the United States, the Las Vegas casino and gaming industry works to reopen responsibly, keeping in mind its duties to guests and employees, as well as its status as an economic engine for the state of Nevada.

The Biggest Threats to Business Productivity in 2021

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining productivity was of high importance to organizations. Now that the pandemic has disrupted what’s typically known as the norm within the workplace, productivity has been challenged now more than ever.


Five Rules for Crisis Leadership

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.

Change Drivers: Organizations Face Supercharged Activism

“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.

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Q&A: An Unusual Season

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.

Security on the Witness Stand

From documentation to witness statements to video surveillance, learn what lawyers and expert witnesses are watching for in negligent security court cases.

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.

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.

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.

Initial Report: Tracking COVID-19 Response Trends Across Industries

This initial report in the ASIS Foundation's pandemic research documented the security themes that emerged as COVID-19 forced lockdowns and caused economic freefall. All of the practitioners participating in the project emphasized that staff, customer, client, and contractor safety was paramount.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Multi-Crisis Management

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is currently facing a triple threat: Ebola, measles, and militant attacks.

Is Security Converging?

New research by the ASIS Foundation indicates that full convergence of physical security, cybersecurity, and business continuity is not commonplace.

Three Sources for New Security Talent

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.


Today in Security: Volcano Erupts on the Canary Islands

As a volcano on one of the Spanish Canary Islands has its first major eruption in 50 years, spewing a steady stream of lava, roughly 6,000 residents evacuate the island and emergency workers continue to try to divert the lava’s flow from reaching the ocean and destroying more of the island.  

Today in Security: Heatwave Fries Pacific Northwest

Daytime temperatures reached well into the triple digits, with 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 Celsius) on Sunday in Portland, Oregon, up from the previous record of 108 F the day before. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 116 F (46.6 C).

Today in Security: PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Deaths

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.

Today in Security: North Korea Escalates Border Tensions

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.

Today in Security: The Oil Feud of 2020

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.