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IAPSC Annual Conference 2015 — There's still time to register!
Join your IAPSC colleagues for the IAPSC Annual Conference 2015, Old Growth vs. New Growth — the Future of Consulting, April 19-22 in Napa, California!

The 2015 program is built to provide you with the tools and knowledge to keep you at the forefront of the industry now and in the future. Sessions cover a range of topics including: cultural site security, security risks associated with infectious disease, terrorism and national security, college campus security, social media marketing, customer retention, and drone security. In addition, four sessions will feature case studies and real world applications of technical security solutions revolving around VMS, perimeter security and access control.

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A data-driven model for estimating industry average numbers of hospital security staff
Member Karim Vellani along with Dr. Robert J. Emery and Dr. Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, recently published an article entitled "A Data-Driven Model for Estimating Industry Average Numbers of Hospital Security Staff" in the Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. The article documents the continuing development of a security staffing model specifically for hospitals.
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Study finding rapidly escalating increase in violent school threats
A nationwide epidemic of violent school threats is breeding fear, anxiety and frustration for educators, children and parents. While the vast majority of these threats are anonymous and turn out to be hoaxes, they have to be investigated and taken seriously. Hundreds of schools are losing classroom teaching time, police are wasting resources, children are frightened, and parents are angry and alarmed. "School threats are a fast growing problem. They send fear and panic through a community" says IAPSC member Ken Trump, President of National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland, who directed the study of threats across the country.
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IAPSC 'Successful Security Consulting' Workshop
ISC West: Free Exhibit Hall Pass for Members


On behalf of ISC and SIA, we'd like to invite you to join us at ISC West 2015 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The Exhibit Hall will be open April 15-17 and SIA Educational sessions will be April 14-16. ISC West allows you to:
  • Kick off your strategic planning for the year
  • Explore over 1,000 exhibitors and brands
  • Stay connected to your colleagues through exclusive networking

IAPSC Members: Contact us for FREE exhibit hall registration.

But that's not all. Join us for the IAPSC "Successful Security Consulting" Workshop on April 14, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sans Expo Las Vegas. This popular, one-day intensive seminar will show you how to develop, market and deliver security consultant services effectively. Learn how to avoid the costly mistakes that can sabotage the success of your security program.

View the SSC program outline and register now.

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Terrorism arrests focus new scrutiny on mall kiosks
The arrest of an alleged terrorism financier who sold kitchenwares and repaired phones at malls in Philadelphia and along the East Coast has cast new scrutiny on mall kiosks. The news had security analysts examining potential vulnerabilities in those relatively anonymous purveyors of bedazzled cellphone accessories, cheap jewelry and names emblazoned on grains of rice.
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Evolution and airplane security
Over the years, there have been repeated calls for enhanced cockpit security with the requirement that additional barriers should be installed. The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) in 2007 called for a "secondary barrier, accompanied by standardized procedures for protecting the cockpit door when opened in flight." And other advocates, such as Ellen Saracini — widow of Victor Saracini, a pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center during the 2001 terrorist attacks — have worked hard to lobby Congress to mandate such protections. But, so far, without success.
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Seeing the light: The role of illumination in crime prevention
By Pamela Tresp
With everything we hear in the news these days in regard to crime, terrorism, workplace violence and homeland security, the role of a facility manager can get more complex with more at stake all the time. Whether it's a food processing plant with a disgruntled employee, a hospital with an active shooter, or the Mall of America with a bomb threat, we all need to be more cognizant of our surroundings and have a plan to look out for our properties, facilities and people. In this article, we will discuss the use of light as it may relate to crime.
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Costly shift to new credit cards won't fix security issues
New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. But despite a price tag of $8.65 billion, the shift will address only a narrow range of security issues. Credit card companies have set an October deadline for the switch to chip-enabled cards, which come with embedded computer chips that make them far more difficult to clone. Counterfeit cards, however, account for only about 37 percent of credit card fraud, and the new technology will be nearly as vulnerable to other kinds of hacking and cyber attacks as current swipe-card systems, security experts say.
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Advancements in technology drive new security system models
Security Info Watch
A number of the newest technology buzzwords have made their way into the professional security industry vernacular – including some that address new paradigms of physical access and identity management. Terms like the "Internet of Things" and "predictive analysis" are becoming more common throughout the industry. However, these terms are still somewhat ambiguous with regard to how they specifically pertain to physical security solutions such as access control, surveillance, and even fire/safety systems. In fact, their emergence heralds a new era in security, with technology enabling us to create safer environments and bringing increased peace of mind.
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3 emerging technologies that will impact emergency management
Emergency Management
Albert Einstein once said: "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." Who can argue with that, especially when it comes to technology? Imagining how technology can fill a void is necessary when it comes to conceiving a new device or system. Perhaps nowhere is there an example of the importance of emerging technology as there is in emergency management. Thousands of people can be impacted by a man-made or natural disaster within seconds, and the availability of tools that can help not only before but also during the response to the devastation can save lives and time.
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The football approach to tackling data security risks
The Huffington Post
The legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was famous for his "Gentlemen, this is a football" speech at the beginning of each season. This return to fundamentals served his team well over the years — they won five NFL championships, including two Super Bowls. Businesses need the same back-to-basics approach when managing security risks to their data.
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Dealerships work to safeguard data as security breaches loom
Automotive News
Eight years ago, Uftring Auto Group controller Patrick McKinley decided it was a bad idea from a data security standpoint to allow software vendors and companies that extract data for automakers direct access to the group's computers each night. So he revamped his data-sharing process, creating a scheme in which data from the group's main computer system are pushed to a lone, unconnected PC for harvesting by the companies that need it. Only the data fields that a specific vendor needs for a specific purpose are pushed out each day to the isolated PC. At the time, McKinley stood apart.
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