2015: The Risks Ahead

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The year 2014 was busy when it came to global events. And as we reach the middle of December, it has not slowed down. There was the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine; the continued rise in power by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East; to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All of these global events kept security, travel, medical and HR folks up at night. Read full blog post »

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Duty of Care a Focus at ASIS Next Week

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Expatriate or Business Travel; Travel Preparations; Personal Logistical Information; Man-Made or Natural disaster; Corporate vs Client Managed Response Plans; Business Continuity; and Data Protection are only some of the corporate concerns and responsibilities present when preparing employees to travel. I’ll explore these issues further at ASIS in Philadelphia during the session, “Duty of Care: What’s the Security Director’s Role?” on Tuesday, September 11, 1:45 – 3 p.m. Read full blog post »

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Heading to the Olympics? Take Safety and Duty of Care Into Consideration

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Late this month, the UK kicks off the largest peacetime security operation in the country’s history to ensure an incident-free Summer Olympics, which runs from July 27 through Aug. 12. It’s followed later this summer by the Paralympics, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
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Tracking Travelers When Disaster Strikes

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Being able to pinpoint the location of travelers when an emergency strikes is extremely important. That was especially true for the University of Pennsylvania during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The task of tracking travelers was made easier by our “Global Activities Registry,” a web-based tool that is part of Penn’s plan when it comes to travel assistance.
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Questions and Answers: Security Concerns in India

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When it comes to medical and security issues in India, the lines often overlap. Last week Dr. Vineet Datta, Medical Director, India, International SOS, discussed medical follow-up questions from our “Spotlight on India | Navigating the Barriers,” the second in a four-part webinar series on the BRIC countries. Here are a few questions from attendees with my answers. Read full blog post »

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Security in Mexico: Perceived vs. Real Threats

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Participants in the Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Study ranked Mexico as the most dangerous place to do business, above countries like Iraq, Nigeria and even Afghanistan. That begs the question about risk perception vs. reality and why Mexico could be seen as a dangerous business environment. Read full blog post »

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Breaking Down the Communication Barriers

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Breaking down barriers is a challenge in nearly every organization, but there are ways to open lines of communication. In my position with Thomson Reuters, part of my role is to communicate the importance of security to our 55,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries around the world.
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