Friday, November 20, 2009

Situational Awareness and Security Competency

One of the key factors that evaluate the level of organizational efficiency in its security operations is the ability of the organization to instill in its personnel the significance of environmental dynamics. The educational processes of personnel of how these variables impact the approach to a given scenario and how its resolution is weighted heavily upon organizational training and industry knowledge. A training concept, Situational Awareness (SA), involves being aware of what is happening around you, to understand how information, events, and your own actions will impact your goals and objective, both now and in the very near future.

Gaining in-depth insight on this process is a valuable knowledge-base of an organization’s emphasis on continual security training of heightened security discernment. Comprehending the needs of the client(s) in conjunction with the proper application of expectations versus reality renders successful goal attainment. A security professional must continuously demonstrate clarity and relevancy of the current sate in order to manage tactical situations. Moreover, it is just as vital to communicate to the client(s) what is functionally appropriate for the level of security desired.

When evaluating this method, it becomes essential that the more enlightened the security professional is to the environmental dynamics, the increased probability that sound decision making will be the end result. The consequences of failed or inadequate SA techniques can be detrimental to an individual and/or group’s ability to appropriately function within a given environment, thus its ramifications can be irreversible. To posses comprehensive, error free and the most up to date SA is critical when engaging technological and situational perplexities and decision making becomes the focal point.

When new information or situations arise, professionals must be able to be flexible in delivering solutions and understand consequences of decisions in order to take appropriate action in critical situations. For the security professional the application of SA can be a difference maker and a developer of loyal consumers for quality service.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Security Training for ALL staff members

ABC's Good Morning America captured on video (link below) very frightening but yet common security incidents at two hotels. This happens all too often because the understanding of security is under-represented. Security belongs to ALL staff members at any facility. In the video, housekeeping, valet, bellman all were the targets for a crafty and relaxed con by security analysts. Hotels and other facilities that interact or house guests should readdress security training. The emphasis should be placed on procedures. Follow procedures and protocols for ANY and ALL guests related issues. This is absolutely a deterrent for any potential crime.

In the video, clearly ALL staff members were too trusting that could have been potentially fatal in both cases. But, not only is hotel staff (housekeeping, valet, bellman, etc.) should be trained, but executives and top managers so that all understand the importance of security, not only for our guests, but for employees and the company. Marketing should be aware of such incidents to advertise or communicate security efforts to existing and loyal customers. Front office could perhaps emphasize safety upon check-in and communicate hotel policy for requesting entrance without a key. If everyone is involved, exercising security processes will not only benefit the guests, but will encourage safety stewardship.

Re-examine your security procedures and perhaps hold quarterly/semi-annual refresher courses for everyone. Better Safe than sorry!

Hotel Security GMA video

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Successful Venue Security through Collaboration

Providing security services for large and/or unorthodox venues can present challenges. Achieving success in such venues requires the organization to often think on a collective or unified scale. The culmination of conceptualization, planning, implementation and follow through of security services is a collective enterprise. This endeavor can be achieved with the development and fostering of joint organizational partnership with local and state operated security and/or law enforcement entities. The most critical component to this process is establishing and cultivating an effective communication channel wherein respect is extended toward those law enforcement and/or security organizations that are now serving as allies.

Security operations in unfamiliar jurisdictions require the forging of commonality with the lead organization’s interest in extending to the client sound security practices. Therefore, garnishing support with partners becomes a must. Accomplishing this endeavor will call upon the lead security organization’s ability to value the contributions of those organizations in their expertise. Remember, the organization spearheading the effort toward ascertaining data about this venue and the most efficient application of S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, must do so to avoid scenarios of ambiguity and complexity. In conclusion, the most effective methodology of addressing the venue and the needs of the client is providing services rendered in a unified methodology, appreciating the collective contributions of local or state law enforcement and/or security organizations that can facilitate a successful conclusion or preclude an unforgettable debacle.

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Effective Security Management of University Sport Venues.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Documentation critical in Security liabilities

One key component of security operations and its efficiency regarding service delivery is documentation. This area directly and indirectly impacted by documentation and its contents are not only protecting information deemed proprietary; the documentation generated can be used in civil and criminal court proceedings. Therefore we must assure its accuracy and thoroughness for recalling incidents and abnormalities that impact operations of the department, division, and/or organization as a whole. A point of emphasis to note, in order for security operations to be a vital component of business operations, processes directed toward problem resolution must be redirected from the reactive methodology often observed, to cultivating and fostering a proactive philosophy in all aspects of conceptualization, planning, training and implementation. This point of emphasis is especially vital in the area of documentation.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ultra Luxury Hotels Go High-Tech

As we move forward into the future at an accelerated rate, technology becomes the key component for this advancement. This rapid acceleration is even more so a reality in the security industry and the service rendered to the consumer. For the ultra luxury hoteliers there is more technology induced connection with key systems that are biometric (retina and fingerprint) and alleviates the probability of fraudulent activity. Because many ultra luxury properties serve the dual destination of hotel and private residences, these systems are a very efficient end effective tool, due in part because of its high-tech access footprint to combat criminal elements. The investment pays for itself immediately and more and more establishments are looking at high-tech components to bring high and fast ROIs. Safety is the ultimate goal, but tracking any criminal activity is a great deterrant to uninvited activities.

High-Tech gadgets helping secure your assets and give you peace of mind.

Stay Safe!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Secure your spot!

Welcome all! Robinson Security Consultancy (RSC) is securing it's spot in the blog world. We'll inform our clients, partners and readers about what is going on in the security world. How do you protect your personal and business assets? RSC has great ideas and is always educating ourselves on the latest security issues.

Stay tuned and stay safe!