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Frictionless Security and The Threat of Unintended Consequences. Part 1 of 2.

by Jon Roadnight

Frictionless Security and The Threat of Unintended Consequences

In the first of this two-part series, we take a look at one of the current security ‘buzzwords’ and consider the appropriateness of its use and the impact it could have.

Before we look at the subject of frictionless security, I want to pin my colours very firmly to the mast. I have spent my career designing, installing and advising on the use of technology in the security arena. As a Security Consultant, I have always embraced new product development and incorporated innovation where it benefits the end client. I write this as someone who loves technology and the opportunities it offers but also as someone who is predisposed to consider consequences and challenge convention.

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Can the built environment be designed to reduce crime?

by Tony Townsend & Jon Roadnight

How can you reduce crime in the built environment?

Most cultures function within a set of rules that are developed to manage and effect the behaviour of society.

Where behaviour is deemed unacceptable or anti-social, these rules are often communicated as ‘laws’ and the concept of ‘crime’ is introduced. Historically, the desire to prevent crime tended to focus upon the pressure that could be exerted by local communities on those who might behave in a way that would be detrimental to either a member of or the community as a whole.

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GDPR - an opportunity or a risk to the Physical Security Industry?

by Jon Roadnight

Understand the new General Data Protection Regulation

On the 25th of May 2018, the European Union, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU.

Regulations have binding legal power throughout every Member State and come into effect on a set date. Directives can only define certain results that must be achieved but each Member State is free to decide how to interpret Directives into national laws.

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Setting your security budget

by Jon Roadnight

How does your Organisation decide how much money to spend on security?

With an ever-increasing need to justify and account for all forms of business expenditure, how does an organisation decide how big its security budget should be?

There is often pressure to deliver productivity improvements and this frequently results in the desire to reduce costs. Cost-reduction measures can be implemented through traditional programs, such as outsourcing, offshoring and strategic sourcing, but all too often they include other isolated cost-reduction activities of the kind that can leave security budgets misaligned with either the level of security risk or the needs of the business.

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Aligning Your Risk Management Budget

by Dr Philip Strand

Assessing an Age-Old Adage

A popular tenet of risk management that persists today states:

“One should never spend more on security than the value of the asset(s) being protected.”

This tenet was supported throughout the 1990s and early 2000s by many security scholars analysing newfound vulnerabilities in the budding computer networks of governments, businesses, and other ‘modernising’ organisations.

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