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Security Consultant Monthly Jan 09

Security Consultant Monthly Jan 09

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Published by Johnnie L. Mock
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 SECURITY CONSULTANT  MONTHLY 
From the desk of:
Johnnie L. Mock PSP
 Security ConsultantPostfach 12 8766267 Kleinblittersdorf GermanyE-mail: jmockconsult@mindspring.comWeb:www.jmock-consult.comPhone/Fax: 49-6805-615971
Risk Analysis, Asset Protection, Physical Security Audits, Security Training andDevelopment, Firearms Training Programs. I am board certified by ASIS as a PhysicalSecurity Professional. For more information on my cost effective services please visit:www.jmock-consult.com 
Vol. 1. Issue 2.Welcome to our second edition of 
Security Consultant Monthly.
I was surprised and pleasedat the response I received about the first issue, considering it was a beginning effort. If youlike this monthly, please pass the link on to your associates.
I am truly happy to report that I was notified by the ASIS Professional CertificationBoard that I successfully passed the examination for Physical Security Professionaland am now board certified as a PSP.I am also still soliciting contribution articles from any security field, and will give bothname credit and a link to your website for any published article.
So, if you ever wantedto expound on a security subject to the security community, here is your opportunity, (aswell as to get some free exposure).
 
In this issue
 
1) Consultants Musings: Do your clients
trust
you?
 
2) Stories from the Field: “The Stranger”. Or how
 NOT 
toenforce minor rules!
 
3) Book Review:
 Risk Analysis and the Security Survey
 
4) Product Review: 5.11 clothing
 
5) Product Review: Steelbag
 
6) Computing for Consultants: Vopt9 defrag
 
7) Personal Safety: Taxis
 
8) Final Word:Consultants MusingsDo your clients
 trust
you?
The security industry exists to protect its clients (and therefore society) from the most
un-
trustworthy elements: Criminals, terrorists, as well as the assorted nitwits and morons thatplague modern society. So it is obvious that anyone involved in the security industry shouldbe trustworthy, and especially from the point of view of the
client.
 The proof of trustworthiness comes in many forms. Many government contracts requiresecurity clearances with the attendant background checks. Employers run seriousbackground checks and check references of potential employees in the security department.The non-disclosure agreement is standard fare for the consultant-client relationship.But in our industry, trustworthiness goes beyond the official paperwork, and extends intopersonal recommendations based on proven track records. In other words, it is about your
reputation.
 Security professionals often have access to some of the most private and confidentialinformation that a client possesses. Consultants doing site surveys see the innermostworkings of access control systems that protect client property. IT specialists often haveaccess to valuable company proprietary information. Executive Protection specialists oftenbecome aware of much personal information concerning principles and their families.Unfortunately, much of this information gets passed around and not necessarily in adeliberate attempt to compromise the client.I once knew a bodyguard that enjoyed telling in graphic detail some of the most personalinformation he was aware of concerning one of his steady protectees and his family. I oftenwondered what the reaction of this client would be if he was aware of this information beingexposed. I haven’t seen this gentleman in years, but I am sure that this character flaw of hiseventually caught up with him.I myself find that I need to be especially on guard when I am sharing experiences andinformation with other security professionals where it might be easy to be lulled into a falsesense of “security”. I spent two years as a security supervisor and finally site trainer at theAmerican Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan and I am very careful in what I discuss about it,even with other security professionals.
 
Success in the security industry is based on knowledge, experience, and a reputation for
confidentiality.
During the Second World War, America was plastered end to end withvarious versions of posters exclaiming, “Loose Lips Sink Ships”In our profession, loose lips can sink more than just ships. They can sink careers.So, do your clients know that they can
trust 
you?
Stories from the Field
 In the security profession we often perform enforcement functions that rub people the wrongway. Security often requires people to do things that they
don’t 
want to do, while at thesame time preventing them from doing things they
want 
to do. There is a right way, and awrong way to enforce rules, regardless of whether you are a corporate Chief of Security, ora newly hired security guard.The following is a short story I wrote for a college English class
many
years ago. It is basedon a true incident that actually happened during the war in Vietnam. I wrote in the firstperson and added a few minor details, but the story is basically true as it happened.It isn’t really about security rules per-se, but it speaks volumes about how to enforce rules ingeneral. And how
not 
to. Enjoy. Think. And teach your people to think.“The Stranger”By Johnnie L. Mock In the fall of 1971, I was a twenty year old Infantry Sergeant in a Rifle company of the 101
st
 Airborne Division during the war in Vietnam. Our unit spent a great deal of time in the jungle. The Army policy at that time was that each soldier was entitled to a week’s expense-paid R&R (Rest and Relaxation) trip to some exotic place such as Hong-Kong, Bangkok,Singapore, Sydney or Honolulu.When my turn came, I opted for Bangkok, and was sent to our rear area base camp on thenext resupply helicopter. I was given a clean uniform (the one I had, I had been wearing fortwo weeks), and a hot shower. Later, I ate my first hot meal in quite awhile, and felt like areal human being for the first time in a long time.Since the next flight to the R+R center wasn’t until the next day, I had to spend the night atthe base camp. I decided to catch the evening movie at the outdoor theater, which wassituated in the middle of an old abandoned Vietnamese graveyard. It also had a smallEnlisted Men’s Club just next to it, and I decided to purchase some adult libation to enjoywith the movie.Only about 25% of the soldiers in Vietnam were actually involved in combat, and I was oneof them. The rest were rear area support soldiers. WE called them REMFS (an acronym, thefirst two words stand for “Rear Echelon” (or area) and I will leave it to your imagination todecide what the MF stand for.Anyway, entering the club, I noticed there were only two customers, both “rear area”types, playing spades at a table, and the bartender, an OBVIOUS rear area type, stocking thecooler behind the bar.At that time the Army club system had a rule against wearing your hat at the bar. Each bar

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