Thursday the 3rd of September
On Thursday September 3rd, we will broadcast our 50th Security Thought Leadership webinar. We never imagined how popular these were to become. We have covered dynamic issues throughout, courting controversy and critiquing what is wrong with security today to generate a better type of security in the future; all are webinars are free to attend.
The role of security associations: A failed resource or a fundamental catalyst for positive change?
Security associations have been both maligned and praised for their roles during the pandemic and we will be examining both these views. Please do join us for this session; it starts at 3.30pm BST, lasts for 60 minutes and includes Peter O’Neil from ASIS International, Liz Chamberlain from International Security Management Association (ISMA), Julio Fumagalli Macrae, CPP from GlobalLifeSafetyAlliance.org and Guy Mathias of the UK Security Commonwealth.
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Blockchain is simply a type of database, though a powerful one.
Blockchain is a shared database among a group of individuals or organizations. It doesn’t exist in a central repository, but rather in a network of computers around the world. Advocates of blockchain say that the technology is immutable, decentralized, secure, irreversible, distributed, and anonymous. To a large extent, all those claims are true; the challenge is that none of them is 100 percent true. By removing a central authority, a blockchain relies on the crowd to verify transactions. Individuals confirm transactions by doing heavy computational work, and they are rewarded with tokens like Bitcoins. A transaction is entered into the system and is typically stored with many other transactions within a block. Subsequent transactions form new blocks, and each new block is linked to the previous block via a unique digital signature. If someone tampers with a transaction recorded in a block, it alters the digital signature and unlinks that block. That’s what makes it so difficult to alter data on blockchain.
Blockchain may be poised for mass adoption, but it’s not quite there yet.
Billions of dollars are pouring into blockchain. LinkedIn says blockchain will be the most indemand hard skill in the workplace in 2020. Blockchain has been called the Internet 2.0 and the harbinger of a paperless society. Use cases are legion. Yet, the technology hasn’t quite reached mainstream use. Questions persist about its value compared to a simple database, its vulnerabilities, its enormous power expenditure, and so on. However, some experts predict that in several years blockchain will be as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi. And blockchain weariness has set in. Gartner has been tracking blockchain’s progress through its hype cycle. As of late 2019, analysts there said that blockchain was entering the “Trough of Disillusionment” after summiting the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” The trough is where interest has waned as experiments and implementations fail to deliver,” according to Hype Cycle for Blockchain Technologies, 2019, and the technology will languish there until 2021.
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After 14 years of finding last-minute goalies, securing locker room doors, and trying to parcel out equal ice time to the skaters, I recently shed the captain’s “C” from the jersey of my recreational hockey team. Like many security professionals, I gravitate to leadership positions. But true leaders know when to step aside. And they understand that the most important thing they can do is to create a pathway for new and aspiring leaders to take their place. With my hockey teammates, I realized I was doing them a disservice. As other life responsibilities increased, my interest waned in managing late-night ice times and questioning penalty calls by refs. In fact, one of the assistant captains had quietly stepped up to take on duties that I was too busy to handle, such as figuring out player payments and ordering new uniforms. It was both an obligation and honor to tap him as my successor. And it was my duty to clear a path for him: serve as a human Zamboni — the machine that smooths the ice — so to speak.
Unfortunately, many leaders stick around past their expiration date. They see leadership as a status symbol or mark of accomplishment — something to be seized and held at all costs. Remember that expression, “Old leaders never die, they just fade away”? Leaders should be like photographers: they never die, they just develop new talent.
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With the new school year upon us already in many places, Swiftlane caught up with two school security experts to discuss school security in a Covid-19 world and how to return to school safely. Paul Timm, PSP, vice president at Facility Engineering Associates, has advised hundreds of school systems around the country on security issues. For the last 14 years, A.J. Hamilton has been the head of security for Saint Andrews School, a private Episcopalian institution in Boca Raton, Florida, that serves 1,200 students from pre-K through high school on its 81-acre campus.
As schools consider how to return students and faculty to the physical classroom, there are many considerations, protocols, and safety plans that need to be implemented. Read on for the full interview with security experts around how America can return to school in a post-Covid world.
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