Magazine article Security Management

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Magazine article Security Management

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As always, following are some of the new documents posted to Security Management Online. For other online documents, look for the @ symbol throughout the magazine. Also check in on regularly for Society information and news.

The security economy. Now more than ever it makes good business sense to enhance security, according to a report by auditing and financial services company Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Regulations and laws requiring more stringent security are surfacing around the world, says the report. But businesses will have to go beyond those requirements to gain business value from security, the report continues. It gives an examples of how security technologies can be leveraged to serve business needs: One rancher uses RFID tags on cattle not just for security but also to track the animals' weight over long journeys. The rancher found that with one of the trucking companies used to transport its livestock, cattle lost 4.5 to 6 percent of their body weight per journey, compared with 3 to 4.5 percent with another trucker.


These numbers matter because ranchers are paid by the pound. By switching transportation to the trucker that finished with fatter cows, the rancher realized a benefit of 1.5 percent less weight loss per animal--and that went to the bottom line.

The report also discusses other tangible benefits of security, such as brand protection. Prospering in the Secure Economy is on SM Online.

Emergency planning. A wheelchair-bound person with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was in a Los Angeles building when occupants were asked to evacuate because of a bomb threat. Other occupants scrambled down the stairs to safety, while the disabled youth waited for assistance. No one came, so the person struggled mightily to climb down three flights of stairs to evacuate. Fortunately, the threat was a hoax, but this type of situation is all too common for the disabled in disaster planning.

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report chronicling the significant extent to which the disabled are ignored in disaster planning, be it in access to shelters, participation in planning, ability to escape, or otherwise. NCD offers a dozen recommendations to improve the situation. They include having the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establish a Disability Access Advisory Group to allow people with disabilities to discuss issues and challenges with senior officials, as well as having DHS's Office for Civil Liberties regularly remind state and local emergency planning departments of their legal obligation to the disabled in disasters. The NCD report, Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning, can be found on Security Management Online.

Polygraphs. Put aside the question of whether polygraphs are reliable or should be admissible in a court of law, urges William J. Warner, who serves in the FBI's Polygraph Unit. In an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Warner contends that the tool should be used and appreciated for its utilitarian performance. Even if polygraph results are never used in court, testing frequently leads to confessions or the revelation of solid case information that may not have emerged otherwise.

In a recent study of 2,641 archived polygraph examinations that were conducted from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2003, more than half of those (1,325) "resulted in acquiring confessions, admissions, or information of investigative value," Warner writes. …

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