Month: June 2020

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How essential is security? Rethinking perceptions of security on the back of Covid-19

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Add to Calendar   Add to Google Calendar   Add to Yahoo CalendarDescription: There have been and are several initiatives around the world designed, in different ways, to show up the good side of security, that it is adding value and a public benefit. However well-intentioned these initiatives are they face a reality that security professionals act under the radar and negative impressions, so often false, are very real in their impact. So, what are the best features of security? What are the least good aspects that need to change and how might this be achieved? Given that security does not lead with a single voice how can efforts be coordinated? This webinar will examine:

• What features represent the security Achilles Heel and how might they be addressed?
• Is the problem the Industry’s perception of itself; or everyone else’s perception of the Industry? Who is closer to reality?
• What are the routes to bringing about long-term changes for the better in the perception of security as a ‘profession’?

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Michael Gips – Principal at Global Insights in Professional Security (US)
Joachim Kallsholm – Country Manager, Securitas (Sweden)
Geoff Zeidler – Board member, BSIA (UK)

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Micheal Gips answers questions regarding security issues with Alfredo Yuncoza on Seguridad Radio

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Translation of Con Seguridad program on Radio Caracas, 6 June 2020, Alfredo Yuncoza interviewing Michael Gips

  1. You’re a Harvard Law graduate. Was your foray into the security profession accidental or was it part of a pre-planned career plan? Can you share that experience with us?

Totally by chance. I served as a legal clerk to a New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice.  During my year there I was responsible for death penalty cases. Then I moved to Washington to be a commercial litigator, and it bored me. It was awful. I left that gig and started writing freelance articles about crime, justice, and security. Then, I got a job with ASIS International as an editor and  writer for Security Management magazine. At ASIS I went on to develop the CSO Roundtable and work with many security executives, and I eventually also became responsible for education, standards and  guidelines, the magazine, certification, and other areas. I now have my own company that creates security content, performs business development, and provides thought leadership.

  1. What does the Global Life Safety Alliance board do? What are your responsibilities there?

First I want to thank Julio Fumagalli Macrae, CPP,  the president, who introduced me to this impressive group.

Our mission is to gather knowledge from technology experts, identify innovations and create first-hand experiences that provide best-in-class security and safety practices around the world. On their behalf, I am developing a stream of knowledge, such as articles, white papers, case studies, and more, in addition to partnering with other groups around the world, such as  ASIS, SIA, OSAC, etc.

  1. What are the key factors to consider when designing a training program for high-level security executives? That is, those aimed at those who occupy the highest positions in transnational companies.

Let’s assume you have experience with physical security. In that case, there are four key competencies that you need: First, risk must be understood in its varied forms, that is, risk must be mastered. Second, you have to have soft skills, emotional intelligence to communicate well and ability to express empathy. Third, cybersecurity must be understood. I’m not talking about arcane issues like Sybil attacks or hash functions, but basic principles, so that you can collaborate effectively and knowledgealy. Finally, you have to understand how the organization makes a profit, so that you can serve as a trusted advisor and communicate with executives in terms that they understand, such as profit margins.

  1. Do you think the current state of the world forces us to rethink training programs for the security sector in general? If so, what aspects do you think should be taken care of?

I think we should always update our training. The problem is that it costs time and money. Today we need to focus on how to listen and have empathy—understanding people’s psychology during a pandemic, global recession, and civil rights demonstrations that sometimes become violent. Finally, with the pandemic there is a new emphasis on safety and hygiene issues, and security has to get up to speed there and continue to learn. The world isn’t standing still.

  1. Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in Economics 2008 predicts that the post-COVID world will “be much less integrated, at least in the political and probably in the economic sense.” Do you agree with this statement? What impacts will that have on the security industry?

First of all, needless to say, Paul Krugman knows a lot more than I do about the economy. Be that as it may, however, I’m not sure he’s right. If the world is becoming much less integrated, the reason isn’t Covid but rampant nationalism and isolation of countries by the likes of President Trump and the leaders of Brazil, India, Hungary, the Philippines, and other countries. The globe is balkanizing. Those phenomena are having impacts on the security industry. We already see companies turning insular, condemning anything seen as foreign; consider the western backlash against Chinese companies and the reduction in outsourcing to countries where there are perceived enemies. Nations are turning inward. It’s part of a historical cycle.

  1. Several authors argue that it is necessary to rethink the concept of privacy, to make way for new technologies that make security risk management more efficient and now also, linked to health.     Are we going to see more models like China’s control of its citizens? 

I hope not, but I’m not sure. We’ve already seen a steady erosion of privacy. We  you  and I,  remember when CCTV was controversial. And then facial recognition became the ominous Big Brother. Now that’s largely a memory. But you’re right about privacy implications during Covid. We use infrared cameras to take staff temperatures to make sure people aren’t sick. Because we’ve tacitly agreed that community health is more important than personal privacy. And that’s not unreasonable. But it’s a slippery slope—when will we get to the point where there is nothing less important than personal privacy?

  1. Despite the COVID 19 crisis, violent protests have occurred in various parts of the world, especially in response to the killing of George Floyd. And two other groups are showing up on the scene:  Antifa, which President Trump describes as terrorists, and the so-called  Boogaloo, who are seen as white extremists. Do you think they are social manifestations of this specific time or should they be seriously considered as security threats that can endure over time?

A difficult but important question. In short, I think these groups have existed on the margins for quite a while but resonate with people today because of the divisive political rhetoric that is saturating the United States. During an era of deep distrust and acute social ruptures, America is leading with caustic rhetoric rather than with healing words. I hope that these groups return to the margins and disappear. But rather than disappear, they will probably morph.

I have a personal example of how these movements can lay dormant. There is a very nice man who comes to my house twice a year to maintain my heating and air conditioning system. We chat amiably, and he is a great worker. In one case, he helped me fix a broken ladder to my  attic.. 

So a good man. But on one occasion, during the Trump impeachment hubbub, we talked about politics, and President Trump, and he told me that he is part of a group that is ready to mobilize and descend on Washington with weapons if Trump  were to be found guilty and removed from office. He also told me of another of his clients, an elderly couple with whom he has a genial relationship. They know his politics and lightly mock his support of President Trump. So I asked him, if  this elderly, unarmed couple  tried to stop you  from  mobilizing, would you shoot them?  And he answered: “In a heartbeat.”  I think that’s pretty scary.

  1. Globally, but especially in Latin America, corruption and violence appear to be two of the most important threats and risks to democracies. What role can private organizations play in helping to minimize impacts?

First, companies have to embrace the principles of anti-corruption themselves. For example, commit to an anti-corruption program ‘From Above’. Then create and act on a plan, then monitor controls and progress, and report internally and externally on the program. With their own house “in order,” these countries can work to pass stricter laws and enforce them.

  1. There is a widespread concern over how world’s leaders have dealt with the issue of COVID- 19. There is talk of corruption, unpreparedness and prioritizing the politics above well-being of citizens. Do you think that organizations’ security leaders should prepare to partially take on some initiatives and efforts that until now were the unique responsibility of the States?

They’re already doing just that! Here’s an example. I do work for the ASIS Foundation, documenting how companies from various sectors and geographies are managing the pandemic. In many cases they have acted without much guidance from states or other institutions. They are coming up with it by themselves, with ad hoc partners, and through studying emerging best practices. Moreover, companies have the moral duty of care for their people, and many are exceeding the government’s recommendations, for example by letting workers stay at home, or offering masks, or staggering worker shift times. They’re filling the leadership gap.

  1. What are the most common overall expectations that large organizations currently have about their leaders in charge of protecting their assets?

In my opinion, most large organizations do not understand what protection leaders actually do or can do. They expect them to limit losses, prevent attacks, and all on a small budget. Actually, they can do so much more. Protect the brand, conduct due diligence investigations on potential partners, and create value for shareholders. And that’s just the beginning. But most business leaders still perceive their security team as corporate police. We have to change that perception.

  1. Differences between European, American and Latin American security professionals are usually mentioned. What are the common similarities or aspects? Are there opportunities to learn from each other?

There are many similarities. More than there are differences. For example, with global organizations, you have to understand the “global footprint” of the company. Protect the global supply chain, understand how to work with and manage staff from various regions and cultures, stay up-to-date on best practices, have the ability to communicate and have emotional intelligence, a focus on risk, broadly understand new technology, etc.

  1. In an article of yours published in Security magazine, you referred to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” certainly an excellent work. I ask you: How do you lead security in Latin American organizations in these times of turbulence and uncertainty?

With transparency, integrity, honesty and compassion. And with one eye on the bottom line. And with a lot of resolve and determination. The most important aspect, I think, is to lead by example. The best way to lead is to inspire.

  1. In a recent interview with the British broadcaster BBC, the Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater said: “Solidarity is not an altruistic gesture, it is a necessity. Turn a crowd into a society.” Considering your experience at the international level is solidarity a common element in organizations? Does it go beyond a statement and is it really put into practice?

That’s a very profound comment, but then again, he’s a philosopher, and that’s what they do! To answer the two questions:  yes, and yes. Countless research demonstrates how collaboration and teamwork is superior to those environments in which everyone works alone. Otherwise, you develop an adversarial and hostile culture. That may work in some environments, but those are exceptions. 

  1. For the Spanish writer and last winner of the Planet Prize, Javier Cercas, “the word that defines our time is fear’, this because of the high levels of uncertainty, not knowing very well what will happen. How security leadership can help minimize the fear of society.

Fear is incredibly powerful. Perhaps the most embedded trait since man roamed the ancient savannahs. We have to communicate  honestly. Be visible and available to your people. Inspire confidence with integrity. Leaders need to understand that fear can be harnessed, and their energy can be focused to bring out the best in their teams and businesses.

  1. What are your next professional projects?

I’m enmeshed in million things. And I’m very grateful to be on this wonderful and esteemed program. I write an article every month on leadership for Security magazine. The ASIS Foundation is about to launch a study I wrote about blockchain and security.  I often conduct webinars and  podcasts and other content for clients. But the most exciting thing is that I’m developing a cross-referenced incident-based knowledgebase on the insider threat with a partner. My partner, Lou Mizell, was part of the American intelligence community and served all over the world. The guy is a force of nature! In fact, we are giving a webinar on the insider threat this week.

  1. Do you have a parting message for Latin American security industry professionals?

This gringo considers himself Latino in soul and spirit! The leaders in this region are as good as they are anywhere in the rest of the world. Don’t doubt yourselves. And I can tell you that your skills and your language and your skills are in high demand by multinational corporations. This region is bubbling over with talent.

USA – Natural Bio-Defense Strategy – 2019

It is a vital interest of the United States to manage the risk of biological incidents. In today’s interconnected world, biological incidents have the potential to cost thousands of American lives, cause significant anxiety, and greatly impact travel and trade.

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The Future of Access Control

At Swiftlane, we are constantly thinking about the future of access control. A huge shift in the industry is coming due to the need for touchless access systems, remote first management, and use of privacy-first face recognition-based access. Here’s how we view the future of access control.

For such a basic concept, access control has a way of abruptly adjusting to business and societal trends and events. Round the clock production and 24/7 operations ushered in time- and zone-based access control. The Oklahoma City bombing turned attention to standoff distance. 9/11 made x-rays and magnetometers standard at high-security sites. The Information Age brought access control to the virtual world, including cloud-based and SaaS models, and adding sophisticated analytics. The invention and ubiquity of the smartphone has made that tool into a de facto user credential.

Now comes Covid-19 to harken yet another shift, likely to touchless systems.

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Cyber Security Leadership By Yaron Levi & Jeff Snyder

We believe in empowering security leaders to maximize their strengths, equip them with the skills needed for the top security job and inspire them to become the leaders that their organizations and teams require and deserve.

In this podcast Jeff Snyder, Executive coach and Cybersecurity Recruiter since 1997, and Yaron Levi, CISO and Security Advisor will share their experiences and the lessons learned in order to empower others to become the best version of themselves.

This is our way to give back to the CISOs community and hopefully make a positive impact in one’s life.

Leadership is Wasted on Leaders

Youth is wasted on the young,” goes a popular witticism, which has been ascribed to George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Michel de Montaigne and others. The point is that young people have the vitality and enthusiasm to achieve tremendous things, but they usually lack the wisdom, experience and maturity to actually do so.

Equally true is that leadership is wasted on leaders, but for different reasons. It’s not that people who are in a position of leadership — CEOs, politicians, coaches, clergy, judges and so on — necessarily lack any quality that lets them excel as leaders. It’s that they are expected to lead and to lead followers through difficult situations. They signed up for it.

What’s truly extraordinary is when someone not in a traditional position of authority steps up to leadership.