DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION NEED A SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (SOC) or a Global Operations Center (GSOC) ?

Whether your business is global or local, at some point real-time security information and operations will be vital to the continuity of your business. Some larger companies have created a Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) that may also include regional centers. Other firms create a Security Operations Center (SOC) that helps manage security and resources within a single state or region. For this article we will use the term SOC for simplicity, as not all companies are global in footprint.

This article will provide some insight into some of the considerations our clients have wrestled with, the GSOC/SOC benefits they seek, and some steps we use to design a SOC.… Read More

FSMA Intentional Adulteration Final Rule – US FDA Mitigation Strategies Update

This week afforded us another excellent installment of the webinar series with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts. A further discuss of the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule was very informative. The focus of this call was Mitigation Strategies.

I thought I would highlight some important take-aways that I made note of and that may assist my Food Defense colleagues out there who missed this call.

  1. The FDA outlined several Key Terms with very specific meanings in the IA world worth noting:
    1. Vulnerability – The susceptibility of a point, step or procedure in a facility’s food process to IA.
    2. Significant Vulnerability (SV) – A vulnerability that, if exploited, could reasonably be expected to cause wide scale public health harm.
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5 Tech Takeaways ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits 2017

Top 5 Tech Takeaways from ASIS 2017

It is truly hard to believe that yet another annual ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits has just concluded. Dallas provided a convenient location to see, learn, and network. While my corporate security and vendor colleagues and I get a tad older each year, it was great to see the younger generation learning and working that exhibit floor.

I recall the days when the exhibits occupied a small room. Two or three companies produced the electronic security devices we knew and loved. Getting to all the exhibits was more than possible during our week at ASIS each year.… Read More

SecurityGuyTV.com Interview at ASIS International 2017 Conference

Managing Director | Consulting, Joe Zaccaria, was interviewed by SecurityGuyTV.com while attending the annual ASIS International Conference in Dallas, TX on September 26, 2017.  Learn more insights on our knowledge base and offerings by watching his 5 minute interview!

 

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Protecting Food Against Intentional Adulteration

A NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY MONTH – SPECIAL POST

INTRODUCTION

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule provides us with guidance and law related to protecting food from intentional acts of contamination. To prevent an act of intentional adulteration (IA) that could cause harm to the public on a large scale, the FDA is implementing risk-reducing strategies to combat IA, as detailed in a recently required Food Defense Plan.

Strategies to build this plan include:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Mitigation Strategies
    • Monitoring
    • Corrective Actions
    • Verification
  • Training and Record keeping

THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

The Vulnerability Assessment is the major starting step in the process.… Read More

PRS Launches New Secure Case & Project Management Portal

On May 15, 2017, Premier Risk Solutions made a significant investment in custom technology that will bring our service to a new level. Our technology partner PODIO supplies a secure (financial institution grade encrypted) SaaS solution for all of our case/project management, tracking, contract signing and execution, event security, customer relationship management and more.

Over the next little while, Podio will be helping PRS to create a custom portal that will greatly automate our case and project processes, in a secure environment. From the client perspective, by engaging PRS for your important projects, you will realize the following:

  • Instant encrypted portal access through the PRS website Client Portal into a PRS case/project area.
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Security Transformation & The Competitive Advantage – What Phase is Your Enterprise In?

 

Often times in in our consulting practice we hear from our clients and prospective clients that they are missing a policy or procedure, gates or guns, cameras or access control components that they desire to have in place.  This may all be very well appropriate perhaps for the organization, however, what often times occurs is a disconnect with the enterprise security risk management plan.  All organizations regardless of their size need to have a plan in place.  Some will be required to be more robust than others.  Some don’t have one & know they need one and, although rare, some don’t realize a need for one at all, whether it be out of ignorance or negligence.… Read More

Small vs. Large

The question has often come about from many companies seeking consultants, auditors and program developers, how can a young company with limited staffing support a company on a global scale and the answer is and always will be Strategic Business Partnerships.  There is a reason most companies seek outside support and that is these individual companies provide the specific knowledge, experience and expertise to assist the larger company without requiring them to hiring internal staff, especially on short term projects and assignments.

The company selected must have a clearly defined program that meets the client’s needs and that their leadership has the knowledge, experience and expertise to support the needs on a global scale and that they can demonstrate these capabilities through their global partnership. … Read More

Understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act

Since January 4, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act has existed in legislation and was to amend part of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.  Over the nearly six years in existence there have been numerous questions as to who is impacted and when.  I have encouraged everyone who believes they will be impacted by the Act and the supporting Rules that they review the US Food & Drug Administration website for updates and the specifics to the act and rules.  I have encouraged and recommended companies to ensure that they have the right individuals involved who can read and understand the legislation and the regulations that apply to both foreign and domestic companies.… Read More

Food Defense Plans, Do You Have Yours?

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Rule – Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, you may be required to have a Food Defense Plan in place, are you prepared?  There are very specific sections that must be included in your plan and the plan should be developed both from a corporate level as well as at each facility.  It is important that not only do you develop a Food Defense Plan but that it is reviewed and revised on at least an annual basis.  Some key sections that must be included in your plan are Product Recall, Physical Security, IT Security, Emergency Contact Information and Facility Layouts.… Read More