Site Map - News & Trends

Salaries Up for Top Spot

- New salary data collected by the Foushée Group in cooperation with the International Security Management Association (ISMA) indicates that top corporate security executives earned 11 percent more in total cash compensation in 2004 than they did the year before. This rise parallels the results of the latest ASIS International salary survey, reported in Security Management in January. The ASIS survey showed salaries among security managers increasing by 13 percent from the year before; about half of the 339 respondents to the ASIS survey filled the top security slot in their organizations. According to the Foushée survey, top security executives make more than $250,000 a year in total cash compensation.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place

- The 88-acre campus in the woods near Fredericksburg, Virginia, is disarmingly bucolic, but the training is intended to be alarmingly real, in the hopes that trainees who pass through this self-protection and awareness course and go on to Iraq will have a better chance of surviving. The typical attendee is a civilian contractor, but today it is the media, this reporter included, who have been invited in to experience the training firsthand

Nuclear security

- The level of preparedness for an attack against the U.S. nuclear infrastructure continues to be hotly debated among congressmen.

Statistical analysis

- A recent workshop on that topic, sponsored by the National Research Council (NRC), discussed specific ways in which math experts could help the cause of deterring attacks. "Mathematics, operations research statistics, and computer science provide the fundamental tools for extracting relevant information from the flood of data of all types that our senses receive," Peter Bickel, chair of the NRC's Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications, told the attendees

Did You Know That?

- A primer from the American College of Radiology offers radiological and other medical professionals a quick reference in the event of a radiation disaster. Topics covered include handling contaminated patients, gauging the health effects of radiation exposure, and counseling patients. Responders are provided with specific questions to ask about the patient and the incident. @ SM Online takes you to the report.

Did You Know That?

- The Securities and Exchange Commission is now requiring members of the NASD and NYSE to develop business continuity plans and disclose to their customers a summary of those plans. Plans must cover data backup and recovery, backup communications systems, and customer access to funds, among other key areas. @ Link to the rules at SM Online.

Did You Know That?

- Safety regulations. Small businesses often struggle with understanding them. Now they can get free on-site health and safety consultations from state governments. Participant companies' names are kept anonymous. In addition, any unsafe conditions found during a consultation will not automatically be reported. The program may even exempt businesses from general scheduled OSHA inspections for one year. @ Go to SM Online to learn more about this free service.

A Model of Cost-Effectiveness

- Building owners and managers can always make their facilities safer, but at what cost? Three years after the United States learned how vulnerable its landmark facilities were, a new software tool is being released that can help building owners and managers calculate and compare life-cycle costs of various methods used to reduce terrorist risk at buildings. Due out in beta version in September, with version 1.0 promised for March 2005 and a final version a year after that, the software "will allow building owners and managers to make comparisons among several alternative risk mitigation measures under different user-defined disaster scenarios," according to a recent report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read "Cost-Effective Responses to Terrorist Risks in Constructed Facilities"

State Faulted for Terror Report

- The State Department's annual review of terrorist incidents and trends has come under fire for understating the extent of international terrorism in 2003. Specifically, Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2003 states that attacks dropped 45 percent from 2001 to 2003 and that the 2003 total "represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969." . The revised report, containing country analyses, information on terrorist groups, and policy initiatives, will be available on SM Online.

Did You Know That?

- Could the transfer of U.S. and other Western manufacturing jobs overseas be a national security issue? The Conference Board raises that possibility in a recent paper. "Can Manufacturing Survive in Advanced Countries?" suggests the possibility that manufacturing "is a key incubator of new technologies through linked R&D expenditures" and may need to be "protected and nurtured."

Did You Know That?

- Security, once a priority only for security professionals, is now getting the attention of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals. They say that training employees to protect against terrorism and other violence has become a top priority. The findings come from a study of 828 EHS trainers conducted by Business and Legal Reports and the Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.

A Touchy Subject for Museums

- Honesty isn't always the best policy, say museum security professionals exchanging ideas via a peer group electronic forum. Sometimes a white lie can work wonders. That's the case when it comes to the challenge of keeping curious or careless--and sometimes crazy--visitors from damaging the art.

Terrorist Tracking

- In plain English, this means that via a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, the FBI will oversee a new multiagency Terrorist Screening Center.SM Online brings you the report.

Beyond Print

SM Online

See all the latest links and resources that supplement the current issue of Security Management magazine.