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The Board of Directors recently approved a balanced budget for the 2015 operating cycle. There are a number of fixed costs which make maintaining a balanced budget a continuing challenge for the Association. The success of this budget is based upon a successful conference in Napa as well as the extension of the expansion of the Successful Security Consulting program beyond our current ASIS and ISC offerings.
Planning is underway for the 2015 Napa conference and Lynda Buel and her committees are hard at work setting up programming, speakers and sponsors. Please reserve the time on your calendars now for April 19th through the 22nd.
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Preventing child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations: Guidelines for managers and parents
IAPSC Member Norman D. Bates, Esq. has released this new publication co-written with Christine Army, MA and co-published by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Prevention Council.
Child sexual abuse affects 8-20 percent of the child population under 18. In an attempt to prevent child sexual abuse, this publication provides information on the scope of the problem, offender and victim characteristics, and an institutional response model that includes pre-employment screening, supervision of staff, reporting policies, and physical design controls available to organizations. Also provided are resources and tools for parents to help them recognize, report, and be proactive against child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations. For more information and to order a copy, click here.
IAPSC members offered FREE executive's club registration for ISC East — the largest annual Northeast US Security Convention
ISC East, sponsored by SIA, is the Northeast's Local Connection to the World of Security. Join us Nov. 19-20, 2014 at the Javits Center North in New York, NY. Register today and receive:
Members, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your VIP registration link.
- Direct access to more than 200 brands
- Review the latest products, technologies and services
- Educational sessions designed to help you increase revenue and reduce costs
- Insight into the most relevant new products, technologies and business strategies to stay ahead of your competition
2015 brings IAPSC back to Napa, CA
Mark your calendar for the IAPSC Annual Conference, the largest and most exclusive gathering of top security consultants, on Sunday, April 19-Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California. Conference planning is already underway, led by Committee Chair Lynda Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC and registration is set to open later this year. Download the flyer for more information.
Special invite to IAPSC members — get 40 percent off your registration for Secured Cities
Register today for educational and networking opportunities geared towards those on the operations, management and technology sides of public/private partnership initiatives. Contact email@example.com for the promo code.
While Secured Cities 2014 opens on Nov. 4 with a full day of educational sessions, the event officially kicks-off on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. with respected security veterans Bonnie Michelman, Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Mass General Hospital in Boston, and Lt. Sam Hood, Director of Law Enforcement Operation for the City of Baltimore’s CitiWatch. Michelman will address challenges of a successful private/public partnerships initiatives and preview her afternoon session related to the aftermath of 2013's Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Lt. Hood will discuss Baltimore’s collaborative p3 initiatives in Public Safety and event security.
Cisco will also be hosting a 90-minute "Thought Leadership Breakfast" on Wednesday, Nov. 5 before the morning keynote address and the opening of the exhibit floor (7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.) with its extensive Public Safety and Safe Cities initiatives featured in exclusive interactive programs. All attendees are invited to join this very special educational opportunity and an early morning breakfast.
IAPSC to offer 'Successful Security Consulting' half-day workshop in New York City
Join IAPSC at ISC East on Nov. 19 for this half-day workshop on how to successfully launch a new security consulting practice or jump-start an existing one. Learn the essential traits for success from a faculty of expert security consultants covering topics such how to start your business, attract clients, and best practices for completing the consulting assignment. View the detailed agenda and register today!
Can the Federal Protective Service meet new demands for heightened security?
The Washington Post
When Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson heightened security at federal buildings, he turned to a little-known law enforcement agency that describes itself as an elite protector of federal facilities nationwide. But the Federal Protective Service has had its share of problems in recent years, and a series of government audits raises questions about whether the agency is fully prepared for any new threats that arise. The reports say the agency has failed to properly train and oversee many of the thousands of contract security guards who stand post at more than 9,500 federal facilities.
Threats prompt new security warnings for military
Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group.
The responses to that threat are being driven not just by the need to ensure protective measures are taken, but also to address increasing concerns being voiced by troops and family members who are worried about safety for their loved ones and themselves. It marks a shifting mindset, from one of full confidence that the military community was safe on its home turf to an unsettling sense that that is where they are newly vulnerable.
Canada security services struggle with extremist threat, resources gap
Canada's spy agency and national police force are so constrained by a lack of resources that they can't keep close track of all the Islamic extremists who may be a potential threat at home and they have also had to abandon some counter-espionage work and criminal investigations, according to current and former intelligence and police officials.
Security skills gap continues to stymie enterprise cyber-defenses
Companies will spend marginally more money on technology and staff to defend their IT systems and data in 2015, but they continue to have problems hiring knowledgable security professionals, according to a survey conducted by business-services firm Ernst & Young.
About 52 percent of the more than 1,800 organizations surveyed expect security budgets to increase, compared to 43 percent whose budgets will remain unchanged. More than half of firms identified the lack of skilled professionals as a major reason for their inability to bolster system security, according to the survey.
Setting traps, and other Internet security tips
MIT Technology Review
In the wake of cyberattacks on JPMorgan and other sophisticated companies, a computer security expert offers advice to those of us with far fewer resources.
Careless employees with mobiles biggest security threat
Around nine in ten firms believe the greatest threat to mobile security within their organisation comes from careless employees, according to recently published research.
In a survey carried out by Dimensional Research, around 87 percent of respondents believed that the greater security threat to mobile devices was careless employees. Nearly two-thirds of respondents also believed that recent high-profile breaches of customer data were likely due to employee carelessness.
Computer-chip security coming to credit cards
That familiar swiping motion we make at the checkout is about to go the way of the Walkman. Even if you're not one of the millions able to tap into Apple Pay or Google Wallet, changes in the security measures of traditional payment cards are prompting many merchants to switch to a new kind of credit card reader by October 2015.
Led by Visa and MasterCard, card issuers are adopting a new type of credit card that contains a computerized chip as a more reliable form of encryption than the magnetic strip on the back of credit cards, debit cards and ATM cards.
Report sheds light on weapons use among hospital security personnel
Security Info Watch
The increase in violence against healthcare workers has been well-documented in recent years. A study published by the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation earlier this year found that there was a 16 percent increase in violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults) at hospitals in the U.S. and Canada from 2012 to 2013.
Airport police union calls for security gap fixes after last year's LAX shooting
Nearly a year after the fatal shooting of a Transportation Security Administration officer at LAX, members of the Airport Police union complained that little has been done to increase security at one of the nation's busiest airports.
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