Security Technology Executive

FEB-MAR 2018

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www. • Februar y/March 2018 • SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE 51 education not only needs to be provided to security managers and personnel but also to the workforce in general. A group of employees practicing good situational awareness can be an incredibly powerful collective security tool. I learned this lesson the hard way shortly after I left the U.S. State Depart - ment. I was assigned to work a red team operation against an executive protec- tion team. I did a great job staying out of sight and off the radar of the EP team, but unfortunately, I got burned by a plain old office worker who spot- ted me lurking in the parking lot and called security to alert them to my presence. I had gotten tunnel vision and was focused on the principal and EP team. Unfortunately, I had not been careful about how my actions appeared to outsiders. Criminals often make this same mistake. Security forces only have so many eyes, even when augmented with cameras and other technological tools. The workforce will always have more eyes and in more places than the security staff. Attacks do not occur out of a vacuum. Every type of attack requires a planning cycle. Examples include the terrorist attack cycle, the criminal planning cycle, and the human intelligence recruitment cycle. Educating security staff and the workforce about these attack cycles, the behaviors associated with them and points in the cycle where attackers are vulnerable to detection, not only helps them understand that there are threats out there, but how to spot and report them. As a starting point, security lead- ers should consider disseminating infor- mation – perhaps virtually or maybe through short meetings (depending on your corporate culture) to empower staff. The key is empowerment. Making everyone from the cleaning staff to the C- suite aware of the basic threats and empowered to report early and often will lead to a more robust security operation. Examine the Mindset Complacency and denial are, quite liter- ally, killers. When employees (or secu- rity officers for that matter) develop the attitude that "it can't happen here" or "it can't happen to me," and fail to practice appropriate situational awareness or flat out ignore warning signs of a pend- ing attack, it can lead to disaster. A good corporate security education program will help employees develop a proper mindset that recognizes the existence of threats and the employees' responsibility to look for and report them. And this does not just apply to exter- nal threats. In nearly every workplace violence attack there are warning signs, threats or other leakage. It inevitably emerges later that someone, somewhere Request information: Intelligent Solutions for a Safer World Learn more at ISC West Booth #14039 Education Retail Banking Small & Medium Business Transportation 12MP IR 360° Panoramic IP Fisheye NK8BR4 Your business is dynamic, and growth is just as critical as protecting what you already have. Utilizing a technology solution that not only protects your store but provides enhanced analysis to help you grow your business. #IntelligentSolutionsForYou Intelligent Solutions for: Retail

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