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Rattlesnakes and Other Surprise Solutions

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

SYNOPSIS
A bounty of security solutions will be presented during more than 155 educational sessions at the 53rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. An epicenter of security education, the sessions will address a broad range of issues.

This article highlights four of the sessions. The first focuses on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) in combination with elements of physical and electronic security. The session, which will also stress thinking outside of the box when using CPTED, will involve attendees, giving them a case from the field to show the power of CPTED as a process.

The second profiled session is on medical risk management. Today's security and risk management professionals find themselves cast in many roles unfamiliar to even their recent predecessors. They don't just need to understand IT; they need to understand diseases, what causes them, and where employees might catch them while traveling on behalf of their companies, as well as how to preserve business continuity in the face of a modern plague. This session will explore such issues as threats to large groups of employees traveling to meetings or conferences and how risk managers can measure site preparedness to mitigate them.

The third session reveals the results of Operation Partnership, a U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-sponsored study of public law enforcement/private security partnerships in the United States—both formal and informal. Revealed will be several success stories and why some partnerships work and others don't.

The final session to be highlighted looks at the planning for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The CSO of security for the city says that it has created a single-source vendor for all the security products needed in Vancouver that will save the city about $6 million in the next five years.

Ann Longmore-Etheridge is associate editor of Security Management.

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