Month: July 2020

New York Times best-selling author, Martin Lindstrom launches new COVID-safe travel tips e-book

From handbags and in-flight socks to remote controls and clothes hangers, Lindstrom shines a light on the pitfalls to avoid when traveling this new COVID-19 World.

New York Times best-selling author and behavioural psychologist, Martin Lindstrom, in association with Intertek Protek, has today launched a COVID-safe travel tips e-book titled “Travel Truth and Lies Unmasked”.

The free e-book which is downloadable here, provides those traveling in this COVID-19 era with handy tips on how to navigate the hidden pitfalls of international travel with confidence. This fascinating and highly entertaining read shuns scaremongering in favor of a practical guide on how to navigate the patchwork quilt of contradictory international regulations, as well as the physical spaces through which we pass on our travels.

As the global appetite for travel resumes, there is a huge demand for a trusted, independent source of information and advice relating to COVID-19 safety. As a regular globe-trotter, Martin Lindstrom set out on a mission to discover the secrets of safe traveling, while telling some highly amusing – if slightly toe-curling – tales along the way…


The rising profile of the Corporate Security Executive

This blog post was written by Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE, and principal of Global Insights in Professional Security; and A.J. Cook, who is responsible for sales and go-to-market strategy at Endera.

Leaders are forged in times of crisis. So, it’s not surprising that a rare confluence of events that includes the current pandemic and recent social unrest has given organizations’ Chief Security Officers (CSOs) and security executives an opportunity to exercise even greater leadership and mission-critical influence during these historically trying times.

The economic fallout of the global pandemic, as well as the seismic rifts widening in our civil and political discourse, highlights the increasing importance of the security department. This period of heightened tension calls upon security professionals’ skills to deescalate tensions and exhibit empathy but also to protect staff, supply chains, and information.

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Insider Threat Mitigation: A Vulnerability Assessor’s Perspective, Roger Johnston with Mike Gips.

Pre-registration is required

Roger G. Johnston, Ph.D., CPP received his Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton College and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He was the founder and head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Los Alamos and Argonne National Laboratories from 1985 to 2015. He currently is head of Right Brain Sekurity, a Chicago-area company devoted to physical security vulnerability assessments, consulting, and R&D.
Mike Gips is principal at Global Insights in Professional Security and former Chief Knowledge & Learning Officer at ASIS International.Time

Jul 22, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Security and the “New Abnormal”: Managing Risk in Uncertain Times

Thomson Reuters is hosting this webinar in partnership with Endera

The confluence of a global pandemic, economic challenges and civil unrest, has redefined the world of workforce and workplace risk. Beyond operational issues such as work at home protocols and social distancing at the office, how is this “new abnormal” changing the chief security function? How has the role of the chief security officer shifted? Why have some CSOs grown in prominence and authority in their organizations while others have been downsized?

In this hour-long webinar, we will discuss:

  • What the new operational challenges are, and how to overcome them 
  • What your team can do to protect your brand, reputation, people and customers with the same or limited resources 
  • How successful CSOs have expanded their duties and strengthened their influence among business executives and the board 
  • How budget restraints can cause additional risks when on-boarding or hiring vendors and employees when business resumes 

The speakers are:

David Aflalo
CPP, SVP of Global Security and Facilities
GM Financial

Scott Bethel
BGen, USAF, Founder and CEO
Integrity ISR

Robin DeProspero-Philpot
Former Chief
United States Secret Service Security Management Division

Michael Gips
Principal of Global Insights
Professional Security, LLC

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Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020

To access the CDC’s Interim Guidance to manage your businesses opening access the link below. This also includes recent updates regarding the virus plus yo can dig into additional data specific to the industry that you work in.

The impact of COVID-19 on physical security markets

The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly hit the professional video surveillance, intruder alarm and electronic access control markets hard. The greatest impact has been felt in new construction projects, which have stalled across the globe in the wake of the downturn. Global supply chains for crucial components of security equipment have been threatened, and demand has been negatively impacted across most vertical markets. It is almost certain that the global market will decline in 2020, though the rate of this decline will depend greatly on the length and extent of measures necessary to combat the pandemic. Despite the gloomy overall outlook for the global market, there are a small number of new opportunities for vendors in regards to specific verticals and technological trends.

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Huawei & ZTE Officially Declared National Security Threats By The FCC

As privacy continues to be a major talking point in tech, the FCC has now officially declared Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. 5G is currently in the process of becoming more widely available and that has raised some concerns about privacy. At the same time, consumers are becoming increasingly more aware and vigilant of how companies monitor and track them, including demanding greater levels of protection.

The Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, is tasked with protecting the American communication infrastructure from security risks. With this in mind, it is important to acknowledge there are many tech companies with ties to China, and some government agencies are banning the use of products and services by these China-based companies. Huawei, a company that sells smartphones and other consumer electronics, has been accused of having a troubling reputation, and the U.S. has already charged the tech company with racketeering and conspiracy. Similar to Huawei, ZTE has also been rolling out its 5G solutions and has raised privacy concerns of its own.

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Intertek Releases Global Security Verification Update to align with New US Government C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) Regulations

Intertek’s Global Security Verification (GSV) programme employs a cutting-edge methodology for promoting best practices throughout the global trade industry, enabling importers and suppliers to mitigate risks associated with the cross-border transport of goods, while simultaneously expediting their arrival at destination markets. Best practices are achieved through the effective utilisation of resources, structured processes and innovation. GSV integrates multiple global supply chain security initiatives, resulting in increased safety assurance, risk control, efficiency and cost savings for all participants.

Over the past three years, the United States government has been conducting a review of the CTPAT and updated their MSC requirements to address the complex and evolving challenges and threats in the supply chain, such as terrorism and criminal activities. Using these updates, Intertek updated the GSV audit standards in January 2020. The new standard is divided into 12 criteria categories:

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Intertek Cyber Assured – Video

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Intertek Cyber Assured

Intertek’s consumer product focused cyber security testing and certification program.

Cyber security is a new risk category for consumer products that emerges as soon as a product is connected directly, or indirectly to the internet. This creates risks for privacy and safety of IoT Products.

For most consumer products, there is no IoT security test performed at all, leading to products filled with basic, easy to exploit flaws. And even for products which have been tested, the constant discovery of new vulnerabilities means products passing as secure only a few weeks previously may now be vulnerable.

And with no certification marks available, consumers have no reassurance over the security of connected products.

Intertek’s Cyber Assured program helps manufacturers and brands meet this challenge by providing comprehensive, risk-appropriate, IoT security testing for connected consumer products, continuous vulnerability monitoring, a certification mark and an external website.

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