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View original article from Asia Pacific Security Magazine.

By Gavriel Schneider,
Executive Director - Dynamic Alternatives.

As the field of Security Science and Management continues to evolve there is much debate about aspects that are connected, yet are essentially separate vocations. The vocations that are usually associated with a holistic security management approach comprise of some of the following:

  • Traditional security (including aspects such as manguarding, physical, electronic, IT, investigation, etc.)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (including aspects such as hazard reduction, incident investigation and compliance)
  • Risk management (including business continuity, risk assessment, risk reduction planning, etc.)
  • Emergency and crisis management (planning, response, allocation of resources, etc.)

In order to consider the cross-overs between these fields, I believe we need to look at the traditional tasks performedas part of the security and safety functions. Whilst this is open to some debate, the traditional security management roles generally can be subdivided into the following three actions:

  • Protecting People
  • Protecting Assets
  • Protecting Information
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An eyes wide open approach in Africa View original article from Asia Pacific Security Magazine.

By Gavriel Schneider,
Executive Director - Dynamic Alternatives.

As the demand for resources continues globally, many companies are moving into Africa to take advantage of this resource rich and largely still untapped market. Whilst there is a tendency to view Africa as one entity, it is important to understand the diversity of the regions and the people including still existing tribal cultures and rivalry. Each African country has its own distinct flavour and pulse.
Furthermore, within countries, regions differ widely in terms of culture, language and customs – as an example, South Africa has eleven official languages and many different tribes. Whilst it may not be openly stated - There is no doubt that the 'rush for Africa' is a reality. When viewed at ground level it seems that the Chinese are leading this rush. I have experienced this first hand on many occasions.
Examples include: Chinese run and owned hotels in Sierra Leone, restaurants in Equatorial Guinea and even Chinese neighbourhoods in South Africa.

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An analysis of the evacuation of Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Australia Day 2012An analysis of the evacuation of Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Australia Day 2012.

Original Article from Australian Security
Magazine

By Gavriel Schneider,
Executive Director – Dynamic Alternatives Group.

Now that the dust has settled, and the Prime Minister’s shoe has been returned, it is appropriate to conduct an assessment of the actions and the responses of the Australian Prime Minister’s (PM) security detail. This is an objective analysis of the incident that required the PM (The Right Honourable Ms Julia Gillard) to be hastily evacuated from an awards ceremony held at a restricted venue in Canberra on Australia Day, 26 January 2012. There are a few considerations that need to be stated before any points (positive or negative) are made.

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