April 2018 SM Online

Strategic Security
April 2018 SM Online
 

​U.S. CORRUPTION

Nearly six in 10 Americans (58 percent) say that the level of corruption in the United States has increased in the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Corruption Barometer 2017, a recent study conducted by Transparency International. Another report on U.S. corruption, issued in December by the Business Anti-Corruption Portal​, found that 25 percent of Americans believe that their local government officials are corrupt. That report also explores corruption in the judicial system, public services, customs administration, civil society, and more.

BOTNETS

Botnets are being used for a variety of malicious activities, including distributed denial of service attacks, ransomware attacks, and propaganda campaigns carried out via social media, according to a draft report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.​​

EVENT PLANNING

Mapping out venue details, guest lists, run-of-show information, and more is critical for planning large special events. ASIS member Eduardo Jany authored "Securing Special Events," an online exclusive article for Security Management. He has put together several event planning document templates, ​as discussed in his article, and has made them available to readers.

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Engaging children in conversations about active assailants can be sensitive territory. Brad Spicer, CEO of SafePlans, who wrote this month's cover story, offers advice in his blog on how to explain potential active shooter events to young children.

GUARD FORCE STATS

Private security forces outnumber police in more than 40 countries, according to research by The Guardian. There are upwards of 20 million private security workers worldwide, and the global market worth is estimated to reach $240 billion by 2020. 

CYBERCRIME

In "How A Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet,​" WIRED takes a look at how the Mirai botnet was created and what it means for the future of cybercrime.

DISCRIMINATION

A hospital will pay $400,000 and other relief to settle charges​ that it engaged in age discrimination when 29 employees 40 and older were fired or forced to resign.

HARASSMENT

A U.S. prison operator will pay $550,000 and other relief to settle charges​ of sexual harassment and retaliation.

COMPENSATION

Iceland enacted a new law that requires some companies to prove that they compensate men and women in the same jobs equally.