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SM Online May 2016


Crisis management consultancy Regester Larkin recently surveyed 170 crisis management professionals on how their organizations prepared for a crisis. It found that more than 40 percent of respondents cited difficulties aligning crisis management with other resilience disciplines, and a third of respondents noted that a lack of clear mandates for different response teams was a key challenge to successful crisis response. In an online exclusive for Security Management, Regester Larkin Director Andrew Sheves examines these alignment challenges and suggests practical ways they can be addressed to ensure a joined-up response to an incident-driven crisis. ​


The SANS Institute looks at cybersecurity practices at higher education institutions, and the resulting white paper​ identifies where improvements can be made. 


An employer does not have to compensate employees for meal periods during the work day if the employer does not predominantly benefit from the time employees spend eating, a federal appeals court ruled​ in a case involving a county prison and corrections officers.


Hackers shut down part of Ukraine’s electric grid just before the Christmas holiday in 2015. A report from security company NSFOCUS details how the grid was infiltrated. Meanwhile, research from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security​ explains why a similar threat to the U.S. grid is low. ​


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted a campus climate survey​, which was released earlier this year. The BJS study surveyed nine unnamed colleges and presented estimates on the prevalence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery incidents during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and the incidents. The study also examined the relationship between campus climate and rates of sexual victimization. 


The new Orlando Eye complex requires tight security in certain areas, while extending a welcoming atmosphere to tourists. A surveillance system with more than 250 video cameras combines with an access control system and state-of-the-art software and hardware to protect the venue. This video offers details.​


The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would give European Union (EU) citizens the right to challenge the misuse of their personal data in U.S. court under the Privacy Act of 1974. The Judicial Redress Act (H.R. 1428) was hotlined by the Senate because it was a prerequisite of a law enforcement data-sharing umbrella agreement between the EU and the United States.