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Editor's Note - the 'home and away' issue

NZ Security, June/July 2017

Editor's Note: Training is still on the agenda for NZ Security.Editor's Note: Training is still on the agenda for NZ Security.


Welcome to the June 2017 edition of NZ Security. We’re delighted to be presenting to you this 56-page ‘bumper issue’. Two key editorial themes in this issue are smart homes and stadium security, so we’re calling this our ‘Home and Away’ issue!

Before I venture further into what’s inside, I’d like to touch on the industry training focus that we’ve maintained in recent issues. We’ve received plenty of polarized feedback on our two-part series authored by Keith Newman. From our perspective, it is vitally important that the magazine provides a vehicle for meaningful discussion on topics of importance to the industry, and the feedback suggests that our training articles have done just this.

Inevitably, some readers expressed frustration that we didn’t go far enough to expose specific instances of training neglect and to apportion blame, while others were disappointed with what they saw as overly critical observations of the industry. The one area of consensus is that more – much more – needs to be done to give training the importance it requires, and to develop a culture of training within organisations. Now that we all agree, let’s make it happen!

In this issue, our focus on smart homes includes recent research by Rebecca Ford and Rana Peniamina of Otago University into attitudes about connected smart home technologies and the opportunities and barriers to widespread uptake (Pages 10-12). Some great market insights here. We also attempt to put into perspective the cyber threats faced by smart home technology as part of that phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (Pages 14-15).


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Our ‘away’ theme looks at stadium security, firstly with a look into Red Badge Security’s big weekend in March, which saw the company pull off an Adele concert, Blues game, Pasifika Festival trifecta (Pages 22-24). In the wake of the Manchester Ariana Grande concert attack, we also speak with Auckland University resilience and extreme events specialist Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor about whether this most recent tragedy is distinct from previous attacks (Page 26-27).

The great thing about this June edition, is that there’s simply too much to adequately introduce within the confines of this Editor’s Note. Needless to say, of special mention is an exclusive NZ Security interview with Huawei’s Global Chief Public Safety Expert, Hong-Eng Koh, on the challenges and opportunities facing safe cities in the era of government digital transformation (Pages 36-37).

In this issue, you’ll find plenty more industry and product news. This includes more than our usual share of industry association news, with great articles from the NZSA and Skills (Pages 38-41), coverage of the NZSA-hosted electronic security workshop (Page 46), an insightful interview with Dean Kidd, Chair of the New Zealand chapter of ASIS (Pages 44-45), and coverage of the recent launch of the industry’s newest organisation, the Security Institute of New Zealand (Page 48).

As always, if you’ve got something to say, please get in touch!


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