Security by Industry 2018 Industry NewsGP0|#3795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e;L0|#03795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e|Security by Industry;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a43444652018-08-01T04:00:00Z, Flora Szatkowski<h4>​GAME STRATEGY</h4><p>Portable barrier systems from Delta Scientific were selected to protect people attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games featured 4,400 athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations competing in 19 sports. </p><p>Security planning began years prior to the games. Perimeter security measures were aligned with the recently implemented Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee strategy for the protection of places of mass gatherings, which includes implementation of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures at key locations. As the Australian partner of Delta Scientific, Knight Brothers Pty. Ltd. secured the contract for the vehicle barrier systems and liaised with organizers to ensure that specific security measures could be achieved.</p><p>Barriers protected major event venues, including the main games stadium, Gold Coast Convention Centre, the Athletes Village, and critical streets. Portable barriers enabled access for emergency and authorized vehicles during the event.  At the games, standalone battery-operated hydraulic systems with supplementary solar power charging and remote-control operation activated the barriers and kept traffic moving.</p><h4>PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS</h4><p>Acuant announced a strategic integration with Okta to provide enterprise customers with reliable, seamless authentication.</p><p>AITHERAS is partnering with V5 Systems to expand public safety with U.S. federal and state agencies, local law enforcement, and school campuses nationwide.</p><p>Ashridge Group is working with VPS to provide security for a major energy provider as it recommissions two compressor stations in Cambridgeshire, England.</p><p>The LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center at Liberty University is using Boon Edam Speedlane 300 turnstiles for secure access control.</p><p>Preferred Office Properties selected Datawatch Systems, Inc., to integrate access and security technology at Three Ravinia, a 31-story office building near Atlanta.</p><p>EMERgency24 is integrating the SecuraTrac Mobile Defender into its mass notification system to enable two-way dialogues about emergency events. </p><p>The FIDO Alliance announced that Facebook was appointed to its board of directors to help reduce reliance on passwords by using stronger, simpler authentication.</p><p>Hanwha Wisenet devices are integrated within Arteco NEXT Video Event Management Software and include embedded video and audio analytics applications.</p><p>HID Global was appointed the official ticket producer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, delivering more than 3 million secure RFID tickets for the 64 matches held in 11 host cities of the Russian Federation.</p><p>IDEAL Networks and Mayflex have formed a distribution partnership.</p><p>Just Add Power announced that its 3G Ultra Over IP platform is delivering content to the new video wall system installed in the atrium of the University of Indianapolis Health Pavilion, allowing the school to share information across campus.</p><p>Oncam partnered with BDF Sicurezza Latina to provide the company's full suite of products as Italy's first Oncam distributor.</p><p>Pivot3 expanded its relationship with HyTrust to deliver secure, compliant video surveillance infrastructure solutions with high levels of data protection.</p><p>PSA announced that Active Risk Survival, Inc., joined its Business Solutions Provider program to provide tactical awareness training for sales professionals representing security integrators and manufacturers. </p><p>RTI and Channel Vision Technology integrated Channel Vision's Elite Series SI-8000 front door station with RTI control devices featuring intercom capabilities.</p><p>Shieldox is collaborating with Microsoft Information Protection to extend the protection capabilities of information collaboration within the walls of an organization and beyond, while in motion. </p><p>Thales extended its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring data security solutions and services to more territories in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.</p><p>Maecenas Fine Art, a blockchain-based art marketplace, adopted Thomson Reuters World-Check to meet due diligence obligations and mitigate financial crime risk. </p><p>Vicon Industries, Inc., implemented its end-to-end Valerus video management system at the Greek American Institute in Bronx, New York.</p><p>Video Mount Products named Ascheman Marketing Group its new Central Midwest Representative. </p><p>Vietnamese telco VinaPhone is partnering with German security specialist Secucloud to protect customers' Web interactions.</p><p> </p><h4>GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS</h4><p>American Signal Corporation has been contracted by the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to retrofit the county's 57 sirens with protection against activation tampering.</p><p>Avigilon Corporation, a Motorola Solutions company, was selected by the Long Beach Housing Authority to improve safety for its residents in Long Beach, New York.</p><p>Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that Canadian subsidiary GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. was awarded a contract from STX Engine Co. to deliver its Underwater Sound Source System and software package to the Republic of Korea Navy.</p><p>The Electrical Safety Foundation International won a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a fire safety awareness campaign that targets older adults.</p><p>Hikvision USA, Inc., and ADT/Protection 1 provided a security system upgrade for Battleship North Carolina, a veteran memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina.</p><p>Ionic Security Inc. was awarded a Phase 4 contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Silicon Valley Innovation Program to commercialize data security for the Internet of Things.</p><p>The European Commission Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme awarded MazeBolt Technologies a grant for its Non-Disruptive DDoS Testing Technology.</p><p>NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc., announced that Alleghany County Public Schools in North Carolina will be using NAPCO's Trilogy Networx Series Locks. </p><p>The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to Raytheon for its all-digital radar warning receiver. </p><p>Seal Network was selected by the European Commission to co-create a blockchain-based anticounterfeiting platform for Europe.</p><p>Serco Inc. won a contract to provide life cycle sustainment, acquisition, and integration support for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Naval Electronic Surveillance Systems for U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command and other Department of Defense agencies; the Department of Homeland Security; Marine Corps; and other government programs.</p><p>Smiths Detection reports that the Airports Authority of India placed an order for its CTX 9800 DSi systems.</p><p>TagMaster North America, Inc., in conjunction with International Controls and Equipment, deployed a parking solution for law enforcement and emergency service vehicle access for the Sterling Heights Municipality in Michigan. </p><p>Emergency callers to 911 benefit from streamlined public safety call handling from Total Response, which is being used by the Norwalk Police Department in Connecticut.</p><p>Unisys Corporation announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, selected the company to develop, operate, and manage systems used for risk assessments of people and cargo entering the United States. </p><p>Denbigh High School in Virginia purchased a RescueSim aviation system from VSTEP Simulation to teach students about safety standards and emergency readiness in the school's Aviation Academy. The purchase was made through FAAC.</p><p> </p><h4>AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS</h4><p>ASSA ABLOY announced that several of its products were named 2017 GOOD DESIGN award winners from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.</p><p>Boon Edam Inc. announced that its Speedlane Swing and Open optical turnstiles are certified to conform with UL standards 325 and 2593, and CSA 22.2 for Canada.</p><p>Conduent Incorporated won a challenge prize from the U.S. Department of Justice for crime forecasting using technology to predict where the larger concentration of street crimes would occur in Portland, Oregon.</p><p>DERMALOG set a new world record by matching 3.6 billion fingerprints per second, which was certified by SGS-TÜV Saar.</p><p>Feenics participated in CA Technologies' Veracode Verified and received the seal of Verified by Veracode. </p><p>The International Card Manufacturers Association gave IDEMIA an award for redesigning the California Department of Motor Vehicles REAL ID compliant driver's license and ID card.</p><p>Jumio announced that its Netverify solution was named Best Product in Biometrics and Hot Company in Fraud Prevention at the 2018 InfoSec Awards created by Cyber Defense magazine.</p><p>March Networks is Cyber Essentials Canada certified by the National Cyber Security Centre.</p><p>Masergy was named the Most Innovative Managed Security Service Provider in the 2018 InfoSec Awards based on enhancements to the Unified Enterprise Security managed detection and response platform. </p><p>Milestone Systems was voted one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine.</p><p>MOBOTIX was named a Platinum Technology Partner by Genetec. </p><p>Securitec Screening Solutions won the Rising Star award for its modern court data software from the Roanoke–Blacksburg Technology Council.</p><p>Suprema ID announced that its BioMini Plus 2 fingerprint authentication scanner received a UIDAI Registered Device Level certification from the Government of India Standardization Testing & Quality Certification.</p><p> </p><h4>ANNOUNCEMENTS</h4><p>ASSA ABLOY will acquire Concept Frames, Inc., a manufacturer of custom-made steel doors and frames.</p><p>Axon acquired VIEVU, the public safety camera provider and a subsidiary of the Safariland Group.</p><p>Biamp Systems announced a consultant program that will streamline the process of identifying and specifying audiovisual solutions.</p><p>Convergint Technologies acquired Integrators Australia, a systems integrator based in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and French systems integrator Astrec Security, based in suburban Paris.</p><p>Edesix opened a new office in the United Arab Emirates.</p><p>Everbridge, Inc., completed its acquisition of Unified Messaging Systems ASA.</p><p>Myanmar Strategic Holdings Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, Myanmar Strategic Services Pte. Ltd., has exchanged contracts for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of EXERA.</p><p>Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited announced that sales of the Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure palm vein authentication series have exceeded one million units.</p><p>Holland & Knight established a cybersecurity, data breach, and privacy team within the firm's litigation section.</p><p>IndigoVision, Boston Networks, and Dell Technologies provided a security system to Social Bite, whose mission is to end homelessness in Scotland.</p><p>Brevard Nam Knights and INTELLEO combined resources to donate 15 cooling vests to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit in Florida. </p><p>LogPoint established its base for North American operations in Boston, Massachusetts.</p><p>Mission 500 raised $113,000 at its ninth annual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk at this year's ISC West.</p><p>Mitek Systems, Inc., acquired A2iA, SAS, a leader in artificial intelligence.</p><p>Nortek Security & Control LLC acquired IntelliVision Technologies Corp.</p><p>The North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science announced the launch of four new cybersecurity-enhanced graduate degree programs. </p><p>ONVIF is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.</p><p>SafeToNet Limited acquired Toronto-based VISR Inc., which specializes in using artificial intelligence to help detect the emotional well-being of children online.</p><p>TruTag Technologies was part of the Hawaii Pavilion representing Hawaii Life Sciences at the BIO International Convention. </p><p>Valiant Integrated Services completed the purchase of Cubic Global Defense Services. </p><p>VisioLogix Corporation is off­ering a free cloud-based evidence management service to U.S. law enforcement agencies.</p> Recovery Century Security and CPTED: Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention, Second Edition. by Design in Abu Dhabi 911 and Low Frequency Alarms Over FireÓN.aspx2018-03-14T04:00:00Z​ESTRATEGIAS DE CONTENCIÓN​ Integrity Through the Cracks Holidays from Security Management Entries Spotlight Innovation Online February 2016 2018 Industry News 2017 Industry News a Security Transition Trends License to Operate Facilities Tackle an Explosive Problem 2018 Industry News to the Future 2018 SM Online the Way IV Tests The North American Power Grid Water Risk in for Safety the Schoolyard Safety Strategy on Campus Security Credit Fraudians Slip In Technology with a Personal Touch Ways to Improve Healthcare Security Five Challenges in Healthcare Control for Healthcare and Nursing Facilities on the High Life 2018 Industry News to Learn from Las Vegas 2017 Industry News in Shared Spaces Fine Art and Other Industry News Fight Against Fake Pharmaceuticals Smart Solutions Online Pharmacies Charleston International Airport Modernizes Security with Pivot3ÍOS-PARA-LA-SEGURIDAD-DE-LA-AVIACIÓN.aspx2018-06-12T04:00:00ZCuatro Desafíos Para La Seguridad de La Aviación in Transit for Higher Standards the Bar: Food Defense 2018 Industry News

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The protestors retained a student-led atmosphere of goodwill and the only simmering of potential aggression was due to the presence of the Colombian Police’s Riot Control Unit (ESMAD) parked on strategic side streets.</span></p><p> I was in downtown Bogotá on the second floor café above the throngs with a tourist from Seattle, watching students from all over Colombia protesting the bill pushed through by President Juan Manuel Santos’ government to reform higher education by introducing a profit motive. </p><p> “I wish my daughter could be here to witness this,” the Seattle visitor told me. “It’s a healthy display of the young airing their grievances with a government decision. We don’t see this anymore in the United States.”</p><p> Protest participants were handing out carnations to members of the ESMAD, placards were held aloft announcing the arrival of different student bodies. With several years of experience as a foreign correspondent in Colombia, I knew better than to drop my guard despite the festive mood as if these students had somehow lost their way in route to a humanities class.</p><p> And my instincts were right, as the carnival atmosphere was threatened by an undercurrent of disobedience as masked agitators—armed with spray paint canisters—left shop windows and walls emblazoned with slogans: “Pensar diferente no es un crimen.” Translation: “Thinking differently isn’t a crime.”</p><p> From our present vantage point we were safe, unless the protest turned violent, as it has been proven time and again that an emotionally charged crowd of people can be swayed from grief or merriment to sadistic dementia in a second.</p><p> After all, if the ESMAD fired off tear gas, where would we go? 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And in 2016, in the lead up to and after the signing of a final peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC rebels), these may increase as disgruntled sectors of the country’s society feel their needs and complaints are not being heard.</p><p> If President Santos makes good on his promise to bring the final accords to a referendum, so people can vote in favor or against it, there will be many opportunities for people to make their cases heard by pounding the streets.</p><p> As a Bogotá-based journalist, the possibility of being caught up in some kind of social unrest during the course of my work in 2016 is high. To help plan for the worst, I picked the brain of a trusted security expert—Ben Hockman, senior consultant at Control Risks, a global risk management consultancy specializing in assisting clients operate in complex and hostile environments.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5em;"><strong>Planning<br></strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Even with experience witnessing challenging demonstrations across South America from Bolivian miners threatening to hang themselves by the neck from a bridge to facing off with police and throwing sticks of dynamite along each avenue leading up to La Paz’s Plaza Murillo to politically charged May Day lawlessness, I know better than to stay too close to the action.</span></p><p> This experience with the issues of violence and potential lawlessness in demonstrations in Latin America has helped me in the past. 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Don’t rely on applications, such as Waze, Google Street View, as Internet access may go down in the midst of unrest.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Know in advance where help points are located and how to get to them.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Have a back-up communication plan and prepare for network infrastructure failure. Have a replacement cell phone, a radio, or a walk-talkie.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Be conscious of your wardrobe. Are you able to change your look quickly? What happens if you are in olive drab and resemble the military? </span><br></li></ol><p></p><p><span style="line-height:1.5em;">​As Hockman advises, before even approaching a demonstration, I should know the lay of the land—or at least have in my possession a map of the area where I will be engaging with the event. </span><br></p><p> I also need to keep myself abreast of the type of demonstration that is taking place: is it political, is violence likely? I should check for security forces and know the general current of feeling in the city and country at that precise moment, in addition to having investigated the outcomes and reactions to past demonstrations. </p><p> Additionally, as a 6-foot-tall Caucasian male, I know I’m going to stand out in a melee of rioting Bolivian miners. The question is if that makes me more—or less—of a target.</p><p> And in extreme situations where a demonstration may lead to military deployment and a challenge of the political regime, it’s crucial to have my passport and tickets out of the country on hand.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5em;"><strong>Responding<br></strong></span><span style="line-height:1.5em;">As the tourist from Seattle and I watched the main cadre of students pass by during their protest, I was right to be concerned. Things were heating up, and paint bombs were being hurled at government buildings.</span></p><p> Our exit option was limited and there would be precious little space for movement on the street because of the numerous protestors. To get out of the café, the tourist and I would need to keep close, head to the edges of the protest, and move with the crowd as if negotiating a strong ocean current, before slipping away down a side street. </p><p> The aim would be to get out, avoid a possibly trigger-happy police front line spraying pepper spray or tear gas, and escape injury in the process.</p><p> To help think through our escape plan—if it became necessary—I ran through Hockman’s checklist on what to do if caught in the midst of a violent protest.</p><ol><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Remember your principal objective is to put as much distance as possible between you and the unrest. If you fail, plan b will be to seek appropriate cover—alleyways, buildings, or vehicles.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Control your emotions. Try to remain as calm as possible.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Keep anyone in your party close—<span style="line-height:19.5px;background-color:#ffffff;">maintain</span> a distance within reach or physical contact, and agree on safe meting points ahead of time in the event that you are separated.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Keep moving, but don’t run.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Move with the crowd and don’t draw attention to yourself. Look for exit options to side streets and your help points—alleys, safe zones, or alternative cover.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Make yourself compact while moving. Protect your head, neck, face, and vital organs. Do not get pushed against or blocked by solid objects.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Watch your footing and obstacles on the ground.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Move between “waves of crowd movements.”</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Avoid major roads and sites.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">If gas or pepper spray is released, cover your airways with clothing but try to keep your hands free. </span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Do not approach the front line of police.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Avoid interaction with demonstrators or security forces.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Avoid confrontation with any party.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">If you find yourself on the ground, try to stand as quickly as possible. If you can’t stand up, curl yourself into a ball to protect vital organs and try to regain your footing as soon as possible.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">If you’re in a vehicle, stay in the vehicle. If gun shots sound, determine their origin and the target before driving away or running away. Sudden movements can draw attention from both protestors and the security forces, particularly during exchanges of fire, so have a plan before you move.</span><br></li></ol><p><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Luckily, the worst of the violence was d</span><span style="line-height:1.5em;">efacement of property and a couple of skirmishes during the student protest in 2011, and we were able to safely leave the café.</span><br></p><div><span style="line-height:1.5em;"><strong>The Aftermath</strong></span></div><p>Fast forward four years, however, and I was again in the midst of some social unrest in the form of the Colombian Farmers’ Protests of 2015. Thousands of farmers were protesting to demand that the government comply with reforms it agreed to in 2014, accusing it of failing to implement measures to reduce debt and control the price of fertilizer. It was clear that the Colombian people were largely in favor of the protests, and on key dates 45,000 people had taken to the streets to demonstrate.</p><p> This time the feeling was different and the carnival atmosphere of the student-led demonstration was replaced with a more sinister and aggressive sentiment. And, as was to be expected, pandemonium ensued.</p><p> At the height of the turmoil, there was a period of four hours when police used tear gas on rioters throwing petardos (flash-bombs) that injured the police and the public. None of the injuries appeared serious, however, in what was Bogota’s worst street violence since protesters in March 2012 against the city’s municipal bus system were attacked by young vandals.</p><p> This was clearly a demonstration to avoid, and Hockman gave me the following tips to manage the immediate aftermath of violent social unrest.</p><ol><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Avoid public transportation.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Check for injuries and, if necessary, seek medical help. The immediate adrenaline rush experienced during violent unrest might mask injuries.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Report in to your office or family as frequently as you can.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Consider the possibility of mild-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and seek medical attention where necessary.</span><br></li></ol><p><span style="line-height:1.5em;">Colo</span><span style="line-height:1.5em;">mbia will face a new wave of emotionally and politically fueled demonstrations in 2106 and beyond as the government seeks to sign off on a peace accord with the FARC and entice the country’s second guerrilla group—the National Liberation Army—to the negotiating table, demonstrations will be the norm.</span><br></p><p> It pays to be prepared, and to fully consider the advice provided by experts in the field. </p><p><em>Richard McColl is a foreign correspondent and conflict resolution specialist based in Colombia. Ben Hockman contributed to this article and is a senior consultant at Control Risks based in Colombia and a member of ASIS International.</em></p><p><br></p>GP0|#21788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f;L0|#021788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f|National Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465 Defensive Stance<p>​<span style="line-height:1.5em;">The horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of November 13—which stretched out for four tense hours, ended the lives of 130 people, and plunged the city into a state of turmoil—all started at a sports stadium. </span></p><p>About 20 minutes after the start of a soccer match, which had drawn 80,000 spectators including French President Francois Hollande, a man with a ticket to the game attempted to enter the Stade de France. However, a security guard discovered during a patdown that the man was wearing a suicide vest. The man fled the stadium and detonated the vest, killing himself and a bystander. Two other bombs went off near the stadium shortly afterwards. Officials inside the stadium decided to keep attendees inside the stadium rather than evacuate.</p><p>The actions of the security guard and stadium security officials likely saved many lives that night. Authorities later revealed that the man who had been stopped from entering the stadium had planned to detonate the vest inside the stadium to kill and injure as many people as possible, as well as trigger panic and cause an evacuation. The bomber’s two accomplices were lying in wait outside of the arena in hopes of detonating their vests among the evacuating crowd. </p><p>The situation brought to life concerns about hard targets with soft security and has spectators and sports officials wondering whether sporting venues will continue to be a target for terrorists. But sports security experts say that stadiums have always been a challenge to protect, although few stakeholders understand this.</p><p>“Unfortunately, tragic things have to happen” for stadium security to be a priority, says sports security consultant James A. DeMeo. “My frustration as a security leader is trying to get the folks that are spending the money, the marketers and ownership groups, to understand that security cannot be viewed in a reactionary manner anymore,” he tells Security Management. </p><p>After working with the Nassau County Police Department in New York for 21 years, DeMeo pursued postgraduate education in sports management, where he learned more about what he calls the “specialized niche market” of sports security. Keeping sporting venues safe is a unique challenge because preserving the fan experience is paramount, he explains. </p><p>“It’s incumbent on us as leaders to share knowledge and…align ourselves with all branches of government, whether that be Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI, local law enforcement, the contract security that works within stadiums and venues, and venue staff directors, to continue the education and make sure that we keep folks safe during the two to three hours that they are at the sporting event,” DeMeo says. </p><p>Fred Roberts, a Rutgers University professor and director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), notes that there is an inherent tradeoff between security and the fan experience. “If you wanted to have much more rigorous security as they do in access to prisons or airplane flights, you would have to keep fans waiting longer than they would like and management would not be happy,” Roberts explains. “We also have issues with the very things we do to control access to a stadium creating their own vulnerabilities by causing long lines outside.”</p><p>Sports marketers, who focus on creating customer satisfaction and drawing fans to sporting events, are increasingly focusing their efforts—and finances—on fostering a safe atmosphere at sporting venues. In turn, safety has become an important part of the fan experience. DeMeo says that sports marketers have not always done a good job of keeping security at the forefront of their operational discussions. That’s changing, however, due to a number of recent high-profile cases in which a stadium has been sued following accidents caused by poor safety or security measures.</p><p>There are no nationwide standard operating procedures for sports venue security, although each of the five major U.S. sports organizations—the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association—has best practices, DeMeo says.</p><p>However, the SAFETY Act, which provides legal liability protection for sporting and entertainment venues that use designated counterterrorism technology, gives stadiums an incentive to step up their security game, Roberts tells Security Management. CCICADA, a DHS Center of Excellence at Rutgers, uses data to help policymakers and homeland security officials better address national security issues. In cooperation with DHS, CCICADA has developed a best practices guide that helps stadiums become eligible for protection under the SAFETY Act. Currently, fewer than a dozen U.S. stadiums are SAFETY Act certified. This number should be higher, according to Roberts.</p><p>“To be certified, you have to have a safety plan that covers all aspects of stadium security from loading dock to HVAC system to credentialing of employees to food security to cybersecurity,” Roberts explains. “This is not a mandate, it is an opportunity for venues to apply for liability protection if they develop a really effective counterterrorism plan. There are some common elements to these plans that all stadiums need to have, such as a risk assessment, inspection of patrons, credentialing employees, training and testing of training, and other things that vary from venue to venue.”</p><p>But ultimately, it’s up to each location to develop its own security protocols. Physical security measures, such as access control and CCTV, are an important aspect of sports venue security, DeMeo explains, but should not be the primary focus. Instead, sports venues should pursue a hybrid model that includes guest services, law enforcement, and technology that is used to its fullest potential. “I always say that the technology is only as good as the folks who have that level of training to operate the controls inside various command centers,” DeMeo notes. </p><p>But, especially with the rise in sophistication by ISIS and other malicious actors, strategic planning should be paramount in a stadium’s security approach. Everyone from contract security to food vendors should be vetted, and security managers must develop relationships with law enforcement and other venue managers, DeMeo recommends. Training employees to wear multiple hats during a crisis can also be beneficial, and DeMeo promotes training of both security officers and guest services on how to respond to the latest threats.</p><p>Stadiums are also increasingly involving fans in securing their surroundings. DeMeo says it’s important that venues be clear about what fans can expect when they arrive at an event—as well as what’s prohibited—so they can identify suspicious behavior more easily. Some stadiums have developed apps allowing patrons to report security concerns as well.</p><p>“We need to make sure we do everything we can to let fans know up front the types of behaviors that are tolerated within that confined space,” DeMeo notes.</p><p>It’s also important to stay aware of current events in the community and any special concerns surrounding the sporting event itself, he explains. Stadium security officials are also turning to social media prior to big games to monitor the potential for trouble. </p><p>“One scenario we’ve seen is the reaction to police shootings around the country and monitoring social media for any civil unrest outside the venues,” DeMeo explains. “You need to be conscious of what’s going on within your city, watching what the media is putting out, looking at who’s posting on these sites, and do your homework—talk about best practices, and educate your staff before a particular performer takes the stage in your venue.”</p><p>Both DeMeo and Roberts emphasize the importance of staying up-to-date with industry research. CCICADA conducts a number of data-based studies that strengthen stadium security, including simulating stadium evacuations and developing tools that allow individual stadiums to develop the least costly yet still efficient plans for investment in security screening devices and best practices, Roberts explains. For example, CCICADA developed a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of metal-detecting wands that the NFL asked its stadiums to use. The analysis revealed that wanding slowed down the flow of fans into the stadium too much, so the NFL switched to using walkthrough metal detectors.</p><p>This type of research is twofold: it measures the effectiveness of security measures as well as the fan experience. The two often go hand-in-hand, Roberts points out—for example, if screening is slow or concession lines are long, it damages the fan experience and also potentially creates a more hazardous environment if a crisis were to occur. </p><p>“We use the data to suggest the number of machines and employees needed,” Roberts explains. “But we also use the numbers to feed into our models. We also provide guidance about what kinds of data venue operators might wish to gather in order to measure the quality of their safety plan.”</p><p>DeMeo notes that protecting sports stadiums from malicious attackers is just one of many challenges—there are a variety of security issues that need to be addressed, including severe weather, workplace or domestic violence, and controlling inebriated patrons. Protecting open-air venues such as marathon courses, racetracks, and stadium parking lots is also a significant challenge.</p><p>“What makes us so great as a country is that we’re so free and open, but we also have many soft targets that we’ve got to protect,” DeMeo says. “The days of the quick huddles of the yellow-jacket-clad security officers, five minutes before tipoff, are not going to cut it anymore.”    ​</p>GP0|#21788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f;L0|#021788f65-8908-49e8-9957-45375db8bd4f|National Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465