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Heightened Cyber Threat Underlines the Need for Effective Cyber Incident Response

Posted by The Brain on May 25, 2021 2:19:44 PM

All-of-government attacks in Australia. The SolarWinds hack. Ransomware attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and Ireland’s healthcare services. Increasing in frequency, cyber attacks are hitting our most critical assets. And the organisations tasked with keeping those assets safe are up against formidable barriers to effective cyber incident response. 

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

What Security Managers Need to Know about Protect Duty Legislation

Posted by The Brain on Apr 27, 2021 4:42:10 PM

The new DIY terrorism relies on actors using any means at their disposal to target crowded and/or open spaces. And its increasing popularity exposes a broad vulnerability. Protect duty legislation is one way policymakers have responded.

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

Developing a Civil Unrest Action Plan

Posted by The Brain on Mar 23, 2021 4:16:35 PM

Data from the Global Peace Index shows that civil unrest doubled over the course of the 2010s. Think only high-profile venues need to be concerned? All organisations need to prepare. Not sure how to develop your civil unrest action plan, though? 

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

With Civil Unrest on the Rise, How Do We Protect Venues of Mass Gathering?

Posted by The Brain on Feb 23, 2021 7:04:53 PM

The recent Capitol riots in the US shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Civil unrest leading to attacks on places of mass gathering, particularly government buildings and other venues of high symbolic value, have only increased in recent times. How to protect these venues of mass gathering?

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Topics: Security Newsletter

Apply the Larger Lessons of the Hospital Security Crisis to Your Business

Posted by The Brain on Dec 15, 2020 2:28:03 PM

Healthcare workers have long faced significant risk of violence on the job. But the hospital security crisis didn’t just happen by chance. Specific reasons explain these high rates of occupational violence.

Think those reasons don’t matter to you? Think again. Many of the underlying, hospital security risk factors are germane to most professional sectors.

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Topics: Security Newsletter

With Cyber Attacks on the Rise, Don’t Neglect Incident Reporting Requirements

Posted by The Brain on Nov 24, 2020 5:55:05 PM

When many in-person industries shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, remote work took off. An unintended consequence of these rapidly assembled teleworking arrangements, though, was the steep rise in cyber attacks.

But attacks themselves aren’t the only incidents Security teams and their enterprises have to worry about. There’s also the reporting that comes after. 


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What Should Security Teams Know About ISO 27001

Posted by The Brain on Oct 27, 2020 2:24:49 PM

What’s the value of international standards in the age of COVID-19? Well, in the case of information management system standard, ISO/IEC 27001, the standard prescribes baselines for securing information assets. If you haven’t noticed, those information assets are increasingly under threat with the sharp rise of cyber attacks.

So, what should Security teams know about the best-practice standard?

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

Unpacking the Role of the Security Operations Centre (SOC)

Posted by The Brain on Sep 22, 2020 3:53:04 PM

Buildings, sites, plants and equipment, materials, and other physical assets remain some of the easiest targets for malicious actors. And when surveyed, security professionals usually despair of their organisation’s inability to protect them.

Why’s that? Under-investment in physical security management has left these larger, (usually) older assets dangerously vulnerable to compromise. What can be done? Well, Security Operations Centres (SOCs) give organisations a chance to improve their operational security posture and better secure people and property. 

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

What the Hotel Quarantine Incident Reveals about Physical Security Management in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on Aug 25, 2020 2:57:58 PM

It’s obvious that COVID-19 has shifted the focus of physical security management. Guards, formerly responsible for managing physical threats to people and assets, are now being asked to step into a safety protection and promotion role.

How are they faring? Well, the recent hotel quarantine incident in the Australian state of Victoria suggests that the transition hasn’t been seamless. What could help improve the quality of physical security management in the age of COVID-19?         

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

New Challenges in Physical Security in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on Jul 21, 2020 2:36:25 PM

Oh, how things have changed. Mere months ago, protective security entailed managing all physical security incidents, threats, and operations – reducing risks to keep people and physical assets safe.

Now, in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, organisations have had to redefine the mission of their physical security teams in an effort to ensure that employees and customers avoid likely health threats, specifically community spread of COVID-19. 

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Topics: Integrated Safety and Security, Security Newsletter

Mobile-Optimize Your Security Software for the COVID-19 Era

Posted by The Brain on Jun 23, 2020 3:42:52 PM

Even before the COVID-19 crisis struck, the consensus was that protective security technologies still had a long way to go to ensure maximal security, in a timely manner, for people and physical assets.

The reason? Hardware-intensive physical security management equipment had proven unable to keep up with the physical security threat as it had evolved.

Now, that threat is even more mobile, rendering traditional equipment even less effective. Why?

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

What are the Physical Security Controls in ISO 27001?

Posted by The Brain on May 25, 2020 11:49:16 AM

For many organizations, COVID-19 has meant a halt to on-premise operations and the introduction of broad work-from-home policies.

Sure, that pivot has been key to business survival. But it does carry serious risk, including a greater opportunity for physical security incidents from less oversight. How to mitigate that risk with a remote, fragmented staff? Best-practice security standard, ISO 27001 offers some clues.

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

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