Risk Perspective
Your best defence is concealing your entire intelligence operation and especially its computer networks.
In the digital age, document control is even more important than in the age of IBM Selectric typewriter.
Part 1 explained the nature of security intelligence (SI) and its OPSEC challenges. This installment explains the OPSEC challenges facing security intelligence in an iconic commercial enterprise or location.
Government agencies at all levels have their eye on the music festival industry and are working closely with promoters and producers of major events to make sure that best practises are followed. The goal is to ensure the public and others that the event will be safe and enjoyable for all that attend, as well as for the host community.
Due diligence and risk mitigation are common terms used in the security industry. What do they really mean? In simpler terms they refer to taking all necessary steps, given your budget and resources, to reduce the odds of harm coming to patrons or staff, while reducing the liability to the promoter.
Our past experiences shape how we perceive the present, and plan for the future.
I’ve been very lucky in my career. I started as a security officer in a hotel in Winnipeg (people who’ve heard me speak at a conferences know this) and eventually became the Chief Information Security Officer for the Government of Alberta. I’ve seen some positive changes in physical and IT security throughout my career, and watched our industry mature to the point where security professionals are now beginning to show the strategic value of security to organizations.
Over the past year, we’ve read a number of disturbing reports on major companies and the breaches they’ve suffered to their information systems.
If you’re a security manager, you’ve probably been asked at some point in your career to report on whether your organization is safe.
The readers who have followed my column this year have been on bit of a journey with me. We have looked at a new way to add value to an organization from the security team — identifying risks facing our business units and working through the lifecycle of risk management with business leaders as partners, not adversaries.
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