• The United States has been affected by hundreds of thousands of opioid-related overdose deaths in recent decades, with profound effects on communities. Now, first responders and civilians have access to a simple medication that can help rescue people experiencing an opioid overdose; security professionals need to be prepared to use it, says David Vialpando, CPP. Also in this podcast episode, ASIS Europe presenter Hans Verdoodt explains how his security team handled a climate activist protest at an energy company construction site in Belgium. Then, former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Brian Harrell discusses how critical infrastructure organizations are improving their ability to anticipate threats against assets and services.

    Additional Resources
    Read more from David Vialpando, CPP, on naloxone use and policy development here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2024/01/how-to-establish-a-policy-for-using-naloxone-a-lifesaving-tool/

    Access the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance here: https://bjatta.bja.ojp.gov/tools/naloxone/Naloxone-Background

    Learn more about ASIS Europe, including Hans Verdoodt’s session on climate protests, here: https://asiseurope.org/

    For more information on climate activism and where it can overlap with extremism, read Security Management’s coverage here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2024/01/extremism/dark-green-ideologies/

    Interested in electric grid security? Check out the February 2024 issue of Security Technology here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2024/february/

    Read more from Brian Harrell in his article, coauthored with Michael Gips, CPP, here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2024/february/girding-the-grid/

  • As the New Year kicks off, the volume and complexity of global threats and geopolitics can feel daunting. RC Miles, CPP, offers some guidance on how to gather more actionable, efficient, and ethical intelligence. Victoria Ogbuehi, CPP, PCI, summarizes some of the leading terrorism and extremism groups worldwide right now and what threats they pose to multinational organizations. Amid all these stressors, mental health and care is even more important than ever. At Yale University, a facility dog named Heidi (and her handler, Yale Police Officer Rich Simons) comforts students and crime victims in times of trouble.

    Additional Resources
    Read more from RC Miles, CPP, about actionable intelligence to address extremism in his SM article here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2024/01/extremism/intelligence-to-address-extremism/
    Victoria Ogbuehi, CPP, PCI, outlines her six golden rules for redefining counterterrorism priorities in her article here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2024/01/extremism/golden-rules-redefining-counterterrorism/
    For more about extremism and political instability overall, visit the January 2024 Security Management topic: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2024/01/extremism/
    Learn more about Heidi, the Yale University facility dog, on her Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/officer_heidi_yalepd/

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  • National security policy researcher Peter Raymond shares how China’s global technology influence—especially on social media—is changing risk equations for private organizations and governments worldwide. Also in this month’s SM Highlights podcast, Bud Miller, CPP, explains how coupon fraud has gotten more sophisticated and what that means for retailers, especially in the holiday shopping season. Then, Tim Sutton, CPP, PCI, PSP, introduces listeners to an upcoming ASIS Standard about cannabis security.

    Additional Resources
    • Read more from Peter Raymond about Chinese social media platforms and the battle for influence: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/december/Chinese-Platforms-TikTok-Tip-Off-Shore-Iceberg/
    • How prevalent is coupon fraud? Read this 2022 article from Security Management: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2022/01/paper-trails-tracking-coupon-fraudsters/
    • What about organized retail crime? Learn more about this model here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/october/Diving-Beyond-Boosters-into-Organized-Retail-Crime-Rings/
    • Discover ASIS Standards & Guidelines online here: https://www.asisonline.org/publications--resources/standards--guidelines/

  • Is the balance between soft skills and technical skills right in security? Kevin Jones, CPP, shares his perspective about how practicing soft skills like effective communication can reap rewards for security managers and early career professionals. Anders Noyes, CPP, shares how curiosity and soft skills can drive your career growth long-term. And Bill Edwards, CPP, PCI, explains how uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) are being used on the battlefield and how those applications are jumping over into the commercial security space.

    Additional Resources
    Learn how to apply crisis negotiation lessons to workplace communication in this article from Kevin Jones, CPP: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/11/soft-skills/communication-lessons-crisis-negotiator/
    Read more about soft skills that CSOs and security leaders use daily in Security Management’s content collection here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/11/soft-skills/
    Learn about drone uses and threats today: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/05/uncrewed-aerial-systems/
    Learn about security at mass events: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/09/marathon-and-mass-event-security/
    Read guidance from Bill Edwards, CPP, PCI, on how to set up a security plan for the air domain on the ASIS Blog: https://www.asisonline.org/publications--resources/news/blog/2023/building-the-air-domain-into-your-security-prorgram/

  • Have you ever gotten that 11th hour phone call, where security is brought into a challenging firing at the last second? Melissa Muir would like to change that, both by improving relationships between HR and security and by boosting the dignity dynamic of involuntary separations. Then, Rex Lam, CPP, PSP, joins the SM Highlights podcast to discuss security professionals’ hesitation to dive into technical and cybersecurity concepts, and how to start parsing out terminology and concepts. And Security Management Senior Editor Megan Gates drops by to discuss current trends in organized retail crime and what they mean for security professionals worldwide.

    Additional Resources
    Looking for cybersecurity education resources?
    • Find resources from across ASIS International on our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page: https://www.asisonline.org/publications--resources/security-topics/cybersecurity/
    • Visit Security Management’s cybersecurity topic page: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/Topics/cybersecurity/
    • Rex Lam, CPP, PSP, presented an ASIS Learning webinar putting information security in comprehensive and simple terms. Watch it on demand here: https://store.asisonline.org/information-security-in-comprehensive-but-simple-terms.html
    • ASIS members can join the IT Security Community via ASIS Connects here: https://community.asisonline.org/subjectareahome?CommunityKey=3525a45f-6d07-40ac-887e-10b73d2b67d3
    For more about organized crime, including organized retail crime, peruse the October 2023 issue of Security Technology: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/october/
    Check in later in October to learn more about how to conduct safer, more positive involuntary separations.

  • Security and guest services teams might have different priorities in major events and tradeshows, but it’s invaluable to train each group in the other’s competencies to leverage the best of both worlds. In this special GSX Daily episode of the SM Highlights podcast, sponsored by Securitas, Mark Herrera, director of safety and security for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), shares some best practices about how these two functions can help each other—and the enterprise as a whole.

    Learn more about sponsor Securitas here: https://www.securitasinc.com/
    Read the GSX Daily here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/gsx-daily-2023/
    Discover the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM): https://iavm.org/
    Interested in learning more about mass event security—including lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013? Check out Security Management’s latest coverage on the topic here: asisonline.org/massevents
    Want to learn more about GSX? Visit our site here: https://www.gsx.org/

  • From hand signals and index cards to earpieces and threat databases, the world of close protection has changed dramatically since the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. In this special bonus episode of the SM Highlights podcast, sponsored by FiscalNote, hear from Stephen Fagin, curator at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, who shares how the assassination spurred a dramatic evolution in security—both in Dallas, site of this year’s GSX, and the world beyond.

    Resources and Show Notes
    Learn more about sponsor FiscalNote here: https://fiscalnote.com/
    Discover the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: https://www.jfk.org/
    Read the Warren Commission report on the JFK assassination: https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/warren-commission-report
    Read more from Security Management about close protection for political figures: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2022/07/building-a-methodology-for-proactive-close-protection/
    If you’re attending GSX and would like to learn more about threat assessment and extremism risks, check out the GSX Daily roundup on this theme—including sessions to attend and vendor booths to visit—here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/gsx-daily-2023/boosting-your-threat-assessment-savvy/
    Want to learn more about GSX? Visit our site here: https://www.gsx.org/

  • Is it time to listen to respond or listen to learn? It depends on the situation, says Sylvia Long-Tolbert, PhD, founder of Know More Marketing and a speaker at the GSX Game Changer panel on navigating global mistrust. In this bonus GSX Daily episode of the SM Highlights podcast, sponsored by South Dakota, learn how to practice and leverage soft skills to drive more effective and impactful crisis preparation, response, and recovery by connecting authentically with internal and external stakeholders.

    Learn more about this episode’s sponsor, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development: https://www.freedomworkshere.com/
    Interested in the GSX Game Changer sessions? See the lineup here: https://www.gsx.org/game-changer/
    How does reputation management intersect with security? Check out Security Management’s dive into this topic from February 2023: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/02/reputation-security/
    More interested in crisis leadership and communication? Try Security Management’s coverage here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/management/2023/leading-through-crisis--change/
    Want to learn more about GSX? Visit our site here: https://www.gsx.org/

  • Alan Greggo, CPP, explains how situational leadership principles can help shape your workforce development and mentoring approach for each individual in your organization. Also in this episode of SM Highlights, learn about how to establish a clearer, more effective project management process for security system design with Mohammed Shehzad and John Hall. And Michael Bacon, CPP, joins SM Highlights host Brendan Howard to discuss the critical role of ethics in security management—and life overall.

    Additional Resources
    Learn more about workforce development skills, resources, and tips from Security Management’s September 2023 coverage here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/09/workforce-development/
    Interested in becoming a mentor or mentee? Check out the ASIS Mentoring Program: https://www.asisonline.org/professional-development/mentoring-program/
    Michael Bacon, CPP, is presenting his story in a Game Changer session at GSX 2023. Learn more here: https://www.gsx.org/game-changer/
    Learn about the Wells Fargo fraud culture in American Banker magazine here: https://www.americanbanker.com/podcast/behind-the-wells-fargo-story-an-elusive-corporate-insider-opens-up

  • What is the difference between an arrest, a kidnapping, and a wrongful detention, and what does this mean for security professionals working with business travelers? Dave Benson from the Center for Personal Protection and Safety breaks it down in the latest episode of SM Highlights, sponsored by Amarok (https://amarok.com/). Tom Stutler, CPP, discusses how ESG (environmental, social, governance) initiatives affect corporate security processes and goals. Matt Edmondson from the SANS Institute offers tips for mobile device security training.

    Show Notes
    Want to learn more about these topics? Check out the following Security Management content:
    For more about wrongful detention risks and training: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/07/travel-security/train-travelers-wrongful-detention-risks/
    How are mobile devices integrated into your access management and security program? Read the August 2023 issue of Security Technology: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/august/
    Read Matt Edmonson’s article on mobile device security training here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/august/Assessing-Need-Heightened-Mobile-Device-Security-Awareness/
    Interested in studying how ESG issues can be security issues? Check out this article: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/online-exclusives/2022/6-ways-environmental-social-and-governance-principles-influence-security/
    To learn more about this episode’s sponsor, Amarok, and to get a free risk assessment, visit go.amarok.com/security-management

  • Do you often feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle alone at work? You might need to reconnect with the people around you to find allies, new strategies, and reinvigorated purpose. In this episode of the SM Highlights podcast, we talk with Brittany Galli, chair of the ASIS Women in Security Community, about the shared experiences, paths forward, and pay negotiation tips discussed at the inaugural Security LeadHER conference in June 2023. Corporate protection consultant Bobby Brumfield outlines the value of self-awareness as a core skill for leaders. And Jenny Brinkley, director of Amazon security, shares how to be relatable and fun to make security awareness training measures connect with employees more effectively.

    Learn more about the topics discussed in this podcast here:
    See more from the Security LeadHER conference from SIA and ASIS International: https://securityleadher.org/

    What challenges do women face in the workplace today, and how can you help change the narrative to help them advance? https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/07/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/women-at-work-narrative/

    Interested in learning more from Bobby Brumfield about the power of inclusion for security and risk mitigation? Check out his interview with Security Management: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/07/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/invest-in-inclusion/

    For more overall about DE&I in the security space, check out Security Management’s latest coverage: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/07/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/

    Looking for information on security training? Try these Security Management articles:
    Designing Safety Training That Sticks: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2022/05/designing-safety-training-that-sticks/
    Serious Fun: Using Social Media to Entertainingly Educate: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/online-exclusives/2022/Serious-Fun-Using-Social-Media-to-Entertainingly-Educate/
    Employees: The First Line of Defense Against Cyber Attacks: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2022/october/employees-the-first-line-of-defense-against-cyberattacks/
    How Not to Do an Active Shooter Training: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/today-in-security/2022/august/Now-We-Know-How-Not-to-Do-an-Active-Shooter-Training/

  • What barriers do security professionals meet in their organizations, and how can they overcome those roadblocks? Two of the researchers behind a new ASIS Foundation report, The Influence of Security Risk Management, join this bonus episode of SM Highlights to explain the genesis of this research project and some of their top-level findings—including serious disconnects between security professionals and organizational decision-makers.
    Learn more about the report and the ASIS Foundation online here: https://www.asisonline.org/get-involved/asis-foundation/
    The executive summary of the report is available for free here: https://www.asisonline.org/globalassets/foundation/research/risk-influence/executive-summary-asis-foundation-security-risk-influence.pdf
    The full report is available for free to ASIS members and for purchase by non-members here: https://store.asisonline.org/the-influence-of-security-risk-management-understanding-security-s-corporate-sphere-of-risk-influence.html

  • Watch out for thermal runaways! Lithium-ion batteries present a revolution in rechargeable energy, but they can overheat—and possibly combust—when they overcharge or short out. In this episode of SM Highlights, Adam Barowy from the Fire Safety Research Institute at Underwriters Laboratories discusses this risk and how to modify fire response protocols with battery fire risks in mind, especially in server rooms. Matt Porcelli, CPP, and SM Highlights host Brendan Howard hash out how ASIS International members select the education lineup for GSX and what he’s looking forward to at GSX 2023. Plus, do you have an education-friendly security culture? Guy Bliesner walks us through how competing values undermine school security and safety initiatives.

    Want to learn more about these topics? Check out the links below:
    See the lineup and key topics for GSX 2023 education: https://www.gsx.org/program-2023/
    Read Adam Barowy’s article about lithium-ion battery fires and fire preparedness partnerships online here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/june/challenges-to-incident-response-at-secured-data-centers/
    For more content about fire prevention and response, see the June 2023 issue of Security Technology: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/june/
    Check back with Security Management later in June 2023 to learn more about security culture in schools, but in the meantime, read some of our past content about school security:
    Investigating shortcomings in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2022/august/systemic-failures-investigation-reveals-shortcomings-of-uvalde-school-shooting-response/
    Developing a better student-guardian reunification process for emergency recovery: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2022/01/developing-a-better-student-reunification-process/
    Leverage multidisciplinary assessments for warning signs of violence: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2020/11/warning-signs-of-violence-require-multidisciplinary-assessment/

  • Ramifications from climate change are already affecting extremism risks and physical security worldwide, in addition to behavioral changes, says Steven Crimando. Rising heat, for example, can diminish a person’s ability to regulate their emotions and respond calmly to stressful situations. So, what can security professionals do to prepare?
    Also in this episode, learn from Matt Bradley about a new resource from the ASIS CSO Center: a pyramid of skills that security professionals need to develop to become more effective leaders. Plus, Katherine Schweit joins SM Highlights host Brendan Howard to discuss mental health needs and support for security professionals, especially in the wake of traumatic events such as active assailant incidents.
    Want to learn more about the topics discussed in this episode? See more resources here:
    What is Climate Proofing? https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2021/03/why-you-should-be-thinking-about-climate-proofing/
    Map Your Path Through the CSO Pyramid: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/05/how-to-become-a-cso/
    Access Other ASIS Career HQ Resources: https://www.asisonline.org/professional-development/career-hq/
    How to Detect and Address PTSD in Security Professionals: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/online-exclusives/2022/treating-trauma/

  • In this month’s episode of Security Management Highlights, Fred Burton pulls back the curtain on how close protection teams secure executives’ private family offices. Alejandro Liberman, CPP, shares guidance about how Argentina’s Jewish community developed security practices and protocols in response to a tragic attack. Also in this podcast, Scot Walker, PCI, walks us through how he finds balance between establishing a positive rapport and conducting a serious investigation remotely.

    Want to learn more about these topics?
    Family Offices: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/april/Family-Offices-What-They-Get-Right-About-Security/
    Intelligence Management for Houses of Worship: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/03/extremism-and-houses-of-worship/intelligence-collection/
    Remote Interviewing Skills: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/03/investigations/remote-interview-dynamics/

  • Do you have the infrastructure, programs, and soft skills in place to adapt to any situation? In this episode of Security Management Highlights, host Brendan Howard speaks with Dale Buckner about mass evacuations and duty of care; ASIS Europe co-chairs Inge Huijbrechts and Gavin Henderson discuss the business case for sustainability and resilience; and Suzanna Alsayed gives some practical advice about how to ready your reputation—and your pitch—to increase chances of buy-in success.
    Want to learn more about these topics? Check out additional resources from Security Management and ASIS International:
    Dale Buckner on how “Speed Is Your Security:” https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/today-in-security/2022/may/changes-lessons-learned-ukraine/
    “How to Be More Convincing,” by Suzanna Alsayed: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/03/buyinstrategies/how-to-make-your-pitch-more-convincing/
    Inge Huijbrechts on “The Intersection of Sustainability and Security:” https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2020/08/qa-the-intersection-of-sustainability-and-security/
    Learn more about ASIS Europe: https://asiseurope.org/

  • How can security teams help support employees’ mental health and resilience following a major incident, such as a bank robbery? Brian Ishikawa, CPP, from the Bank of Hawaii, walks us through how training, documents, and procedures clear the way for recovery. Michael Gips, CPP, joins the SM Highlights podcast to discuss how reputational issues cross over with security issues, including when rumors and conspiracy theories trigger a backlash on social media. Lastly, Miki Shifman discusses the current threats to trains and how technology advancements on the railroad could improve supply chain efficiency and security.

    Want to learn more about these topics? Visit Security Management at https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/sm-homepage/

    For more on supply chains, see the latest edition of Security Technology here: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2023/february/

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, says Rachel Briggs, OBE, one of the researchers behind a new report from the ASIS Foundation. And she’s not the only one saying it—scientific research has backed this view for years, especially for private organizations and enterprises. But what is the benefit for security professionals, and how can they take the next step to build a more diverse, resilient, and exemplary security team?

    This podcast is brought to you by the ASIS Foundation. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please visit asisfoundation.org to download a copy of the executive summary and full report. This research is made possible by your generous donations to the ASIS Foundation. Please consider giving today via PayPal, or online at asisfoundation.org to support future ASIS Foundation research.

  • Think you’ve planned ahead enough for potential crises and disasters? Think again—emergencies frequently throw curveballs at organizations, so your crisis communication plan needs to be ready to pivot, says Mike Bailey in this episode of the SM Highlights podcast with host Brendan Howard. Then, once you’ve planned, it’s time to test. The ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity community chair Rob Currie outlines best practices for designing more robust and useful exercises. Also in this episode, hear from the incoming 2023 ASIS President, Tim McCreight, CPP, about the professional and personal value of volunteering and how he makes time in his busy schedule to give back.

    Interested in the topics discussed in this podcast? Learn more at the links below.
    More from Michael Bailey, CPP, on crisis communications: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/01/taking-the-lead-on-communication-before-during-and-after-a-crisis/
    More on recent attacks on U.S. substations: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/latest-news/today-in-security/2022/december/Gunshots-Damage-Two-North-Carolina-Substations/
    More from Tim McCreight, CPP, about volunteerism, available later in January 2023.
    More from Rob Currie about crisis management exercises: https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/articles/2023/01/how-to-test-your-crisis-preparedness-plan/

  • Samuel Redman studies where crises and museums intersect, and he found that crisis moments rarely occurred in isolation, building into complex scenarios that museum security professionals need to help manage to keep the institution resilient and safe. In this episode of SM Highlights, learn how creative thinking and a broad perspective help museums manage financial, security, climate, and cultural challenges. Also, Yan Byalik, CPP, shares how the City of Newport News, Virginia, expanded and evolved its floor warden program to boost incident response capacity and preparedness.