California hotel employee 'prevents mass shooting’

California police say a hotel worker may have prevented a mass shooting after the worker reported that a disgruntled colleague had threatened to shoot staff and guests.

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Employees can be the biggest threat - and Assett - For workplace security programs

Corporations and organizations often face their biggest threat from inside.

Insiders have access and knowledge to corporate systems and information, and nobody will question their presence at a facility or involvement with privileged information.

Some insider threats may be unintentional—caused by negligence or simple error. But others are malicious, with insiders either carrying out criminal acts themselves or supplying pertinent information to outsiders.

Some companies have started to take steps to limit the amount of information insiders can carry out of a workplace, but in the past disgruntled employees have circumvented stricter policies by doing things as simple as taking a photo of a computer screen with a mobile phone. At times, insiders can be plants from the beginning, seeking out jobs with certain organizations for the sole purpose of eventually harming that organization.

In order to combat insider threats, companies should complete ongoing vetting of their employees, monitoring potentially problematic developments like the accrual of significant debt or a gambling addiction.

Organizations can also use artificial intelligence tools to monitor employee access and flag any anomalous or troubling behavior. And individual organizations must consider their own purpose and service to develop a plan against physical acts of violence.

Above all else, companies should remember that the most effective security plans include collaboration between information security officials, corporate legal officials, human resources officials, and more.

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She’ll be right

Chris Proctor, Head of Visitor Safety, Regional Facilities Auckland, presented at a recent ASIS New Zealand Chapter breakfast meeting on behaviour detection. It’s a game-changing skill, he writes, that the industry needs to be developing.

“The biggest threat to security is the general lack of belief that any significant threat exists.” This was a phrase I used a lot when briefing new British Army arrivals into Northern Ireland in the mid 1980s – part of their security induction into a high threat environment.

It’s funny that they all expected to come into contact with terrorism during their working lives in Northern Ireland, but not in their personal, off-duty time.  It was this ‘head in the sand’ mentality that I was trying hard to debunk.

Unfortunately, one of my other duties was interviewing the families of victims of off-duty terrorist attacks, and this showed me that the lessons were not always learned.

Why do I start on this dark note?  Well, unfortunately, that ‘head in the sand’ attitude is something that I have noted in my short time within the security industry in New Zealand – the ‘she’ll be right’ factor, if you will.

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Facial Recognition: The front line of security versus privacy

Three distinct speeds appear to have emerged in the race to adopt facial recognition surveillance technologies:

(i) ‘full-speed ahead’ towards a smart-city future,

(ii) ‘slowly but surely’ stressing oversight and regulation, and

(iii) ‘straight to pit lane’ banning of what is seen as a biased and inaccurate biometric collection technology that threatens civil liberties.

While New Zealand’s approach appears to be middle-of-the-road, many countries within the Asia Pacific region are speeding full-tilt towards incorporating facial recognition into new smart city projects utilising IoT to deliver infrastructure that is sustainable, efficient and secure by design. On the flip side, San Francisco has last month become the first city in the world to ban it’s authorities’ deployment of the technology.

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