Archive for ‘Security Consulting’

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Kelly S. Klatt, CPP on SecurityInfoWatch Radio

by Kelly Klatt

International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC)  members, Kelly S. Klatt, CPP and Curtis Baillie, CSC participated in a 40 minute SecurityInfoWatch podcast about their experiences starting and running independent security consulting businesses. The podcast titled, “Getting Started in Security Consulting” covered topics including  making the transition from law enforcement and corporate security to consulting, setting up a small business, marketing your security consulting business and finding clients, working as an expert witness and more. The IAPSC organization was also discussed as well as the upcoming Successful Security Consulting pre-seminar (October 10 & 11, 2010) being presented at the ASIS Conference being held in Dallas, Texas.

Click here to listen to SecurityInfoWatch podcast #52.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Natural Catastrophe / Emergency Response Preparedness

by Kelly Klatt

With the recent severe weather conditions experienced throughout the US as well as the current 2010 Hurricane season, we thought it appropriate timing to issue our annual reminder to review and test your local Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response procedures, as well as to fine tune aspects of your plans, if needed.

As you know, whether you are situated in a hurricane zone, tornado alley, wild fire, earthquake or other natural catastrophe (NatCat) area or in the event of any other type of catastrophic or severe event, it is vital to the safety and well being of your visitors, guests, team members and the ongoing operation, to ensure that all your team members are familiar with your procedures in advance of an event.

We would also like to take this opportunity to suggest you revisit your Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery process and the Pre-positioned Disaster Recovery Services provided by available contractors.  Forward thinking companies utilizing our “Strata” program at  Center for Security Solutions, will find that these issues are already  addressed and that a competent disaster recovery company is on-call for you.

As a reminder, disaster recovery companies are also available to provide remediation of property damage in connection with other events such as asset stabilization after a fire; water extraction and dehumidification related to water damage from pipe bursts or malfunctioned sprinkler heads or water intrusion from driven rain; etc.    They have an extensive range of remediation services and, in most cases; their rates have been negotiated with insurers, which will help expedite the claim adjustment and settlement payment process.  While your Directors of Engineering and Security should already be aware of this, please share this reminder with all appropriate members of your Executive Committee and Team Members.  Let us at C4SS know if you have any questions in this regard.

And, for those of you in a hurricane zone, the most recent predictions are estimating a very robust season.  While the website is probably already in your “Favorites” file, up-to-date storm tracking throughout the season can be accessed via the NOAA website at www.noaa.gov.   Obviously, all of us are hoping for the best, again, this season!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Social Media and Corporate Security

by Kelly Klatt

We came across this article over at the conversation agent about how crisis communication works in a world where social media exists.  They do a great job of exposing the risks of social media in a crisis communication environment. We think they did a great job of applying their knowledge of social media to the field of crisis communication, but what about other areas of corporate security?

Executive Security and Social Media

In a world where executives are posting their movements to sites like Twitter and Facebook, its becomes a security risk when they are in environments where close protection is required.  One of the things we recommend security consultants do, is question people about their social media activity, and council them on using it safely.

Competitive Intelligence and Social Media

Economic espionage is a reality today more than ever, and social media can be an easy place for employees to leak sensitive economic data.  While it sounds unlikely, for the person that is looking, it will become obvious when a key employee leaks financial information.  Having a social media policy in place can help, and we recommend that security consultants build a comprehensive social media plan that will protect the company and its employees

Its not about control, it’s about knowledge

Social media is a real part of the world today, and we feel it is better to educate employees rather than try to control their involvement in these activities.  A security consultant who educates, limits the risks to corporate security in the workplace and outside of the workplace, building a safer environment all around.

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Reducing the Risk of Workplace Violence

by Kelly Klatt

Many people think of workplace violence as something extreme like a disgrunteled employee coming to work with a firearm and shooting fellow employees or former managers. Workplace violence is not always as extreme as this and can come in many forms. For example, workplace violence is really any time one employee feels threatened by the actions or presence of another employee. That is it. What’s even more important about workplace violence is the effect it has on productivity of employees. Employees who are scared or intimidated by workplace violence are less productive and make poor decisions.

We find the best thing you can do to lower the risks of workplace violence is educate your employees on what workplace violence actually means. This will mitigate 99% of your risk of workplace violence and give your employees a forum to discuss what a safe workplace means to them. This “workplace violence forum” can be done as often as you need to, but we recommend no less than once a year for smaller workplaces.

As a security consulting firm, there are a few things we can do to manage the incidence of workplace violence. We work with management staff to advise them on the most common times workplace violence is likely to occur and then come on board to help manage risk during those times. Layoffs are an unfortunate part of the business cycle, and do provide quite a bit of risk when it comes to workplace violence. Security advisors can facilitate these events to minimize the risk of workplace violence, making sure that your management staff executes the layoff decision in a manner that maximizes the safety of those that are fortunate enough to stay.