Uncertainty Looming in Hong Kong

The past two years are known to have been challenging for Hong Kong and its people, mainly due to China’s rising power and influence over the peninsula. PRC’s direct involvement in Hong Kong’s governmental affairs and in the re-crafting of its rights and liberties has forced many individuals to reconsider whether life in Hong Kong […]

Effective Security Risk Management

In the wake of the January 6th attempted insurrection – following a wide-ranging failure of security risk management protocols – and the storming of the United States Capitol by members of right-wing militias, and extremist groups, an investigation is underway to determine why these failures even occurred. The storming of Capitol Hill underscored numerous physical security, risk mitigation, […]

Nova Coronavirus – Lessons Learned from a Crisis Management Perspective

In recent years, the globalisation of crisis events has been a constant thread in all aspects of discussions around the new generation of emerging threats. The world itsel is undoubtedly more interconnected, whether that is from the perspective of corporate organisational structures, communications, global finance, critical infrastructure, travel, terrorism, data management, supply chains or any […]

Coronavirus: Adversity into Opportunity – Strengthening Resilience Through Recovery

The upwards trend in disaster losses is an indicator of unsustainable development – a warning that something is fundamentally wrong with our development pathway. The impact of hazards, such as the Coronavirus, can expose and increase fragilities in society and undermine hard- earned development gains. The ability of people and organisations to cope with extreme disruptions whilst still sustaining […]

Does Our Government Understand ‘Resilience’?

Many people will be aware that the UK Government 2017 National Risk Register listed pandemic influenza as its number one identified threat under ‘Hazards, diseases,, accidents and social threats’, on the basis of both likelihood and impact. Emergent infectious diseases (for example, coronavirus), was given the same level of likelihood (4 out of a possible 5), but […]

Counter Terrorism: It Starts from Basic Principles

The single most significant challenge for the modern security manager is to take the accepted risk and security management models that they have learned over the course of their career, and to adapt them to the new generation of emerging threats that we are all facing. If recent events have taught us anything, it is that high-profile, high-casualty attacks on soft targets in major city […]

The Topology Of Crises

The attempt to transfer a mechanistic, process-driven production line system design to the field of crisis planning and management has the seeds of failure built into its DNA, according to David Rubens. The generic use of the phrases ‘crisis’ and ‘crisis management’ in literature covers a wide range of scenarios, though often with little clear relevance to genuine crisis […]

The Nature Of Hypercomplex Crises

In this final part of his series on developing incident command systems to deal with today’s hyper-complex crises, David Rubens sets the scene for how decentralised non-hierarchical response management systems can be developed. If traditional crisis management modelling saw crises as little more than large-scale incidents, limited in terms of their geographical spread and leaving the rest of the operating environment […]

A Surge In Human Trafficking During COVID-19

Human trafficking is a global issue, affecting every country directly or indirectly, in some form, on our doorsteps, and a major social threat that creates many vulnerable victims. In 2018, It took an in-depth academic research paper to realize that the very City I was living in – Houston in Texas – was home to […]

Establishing Occupational Violence and Aggression as a Strategic Risk

In management theory, it is generally accepted there are three levels of decision making – operational, tactical, and strategic. Operational decisions are typically made by low-to- mid level supervisors and managers, and are expected to have minor, short-term impact on the company. Tactical decisions are generally made by mid-to-upper management, and are concerned with implemented […]