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Up Front - the NZSA e-Newsletter October 2004

Up Front - the NZSA e-Newsletter

October 2004

Vol 3 No#12

Dear Editor

Over the last two weeks there has been some media publicity around alarm installers not being qualified to install and security officers wanting to do more police work.

The alarm installers were a subject of the TV3 programme “Target” that showed some installers not carrying out their installations correctly. Fortunately none of the companies mentioned were members of NZSA, but it does bring to home the point that one must be vigilant on the requirements when installing systems.

The other was an article in the Otago Daily Times where security officers were wanting legal powers and government training to help cope with increasingly 'police-like' workloads. Scott Carter as Chairman of NZSA responded the next day rejecting such a call, saying that the best way forward was for the security industry to work with the police, not as police. He was also supported by the New Zealand Police, the NZ Police Assn and others in the industry.

You will see in the notice below that ASIS New Zealand are hosting the International President of ASIS International on Friday 29 October. (Note change of date from that advised in the last UP FRONT.) This is a true opportunity for security professionals to listen to a person leading the largest security association in the world - over 43,000 members. You will note that the event will be in Auckland but videoed to Wellington. Don’t not miss this opportunity.

Also TSSL are running security courses prior to Christmas. The cost - nothing. This is a chance for companies to get their staff trained. See article below.

Barrie Cooper Executive Director NZSA Website Membership Application


NEW MEMBERS We would like to welcome all our new members this year. If you know of anyone in the Security Industry who is not a member of NZSA, ask them to call us and we will send them an information pack about the Association. Invite them to the next regional meeting in your area as your guest, and let them know what is happening with upcoming events.

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The letter "W" is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have just one syllable - it has three!


1. Vehicle Immobilisation Could Soon be Compulsory Proposal by the National Vehicle Crime Reduction Programme to make engine immobilisers compulsory

2. Will you need Qualified Staff in Time for the Christmas Rush? TSSL may have the answer!

3. Diaries Spare 2005 NZSA diaries available.

4. ASIS President to Visit New Zealand ASIS Chapter 148 is delighted to announce the visit to New Zealand of the President of ASIS International, Shirley A Pierini, CPP, as part of ASIS International's 50th anniversary celebrations. (Note date of the monthly ASIS New Zealand Auckland Branch breakfast meeting has reverted back to Friday 29 October, but venue has now changed - see below.)

5. Regional Updates What is happening in your region

6. NZSA Website Check us out!

7. New Zealand Property Institute Keep informed of programmes organised by the NZPI.

8. Yellow Pages Link Yourself Vehicle Immobilisation could soon be Compulsory

A proposal by the National Vehicle Crime Reduction Programme to make engine immobilisers compulsory for all vehicles imported into New Zealand under 10 years of age is now being presented to cabinet for approval and has the support of the NZSA.

The NZSA made submissions recommending the Star Rating system and that systems must be fitted by Registered Installers.

The proposal requires minor legislative amendments and once this is approved for progression then the NZSA will play an important role in approving systems and certifying registered installers. This will be a major benefit to NZSA members and we look forward to being part of lowering vehicle crime.

Back to index Will you need Qualified Staff in time for the Christmas Rush?

TSSL specialises in delivering training to security officers who are already employed; but every year just prior to Christmas they receive calls from companies who urgently require qualified staff. This year TSSL has entered into an arrangement with the Wellington Institute of Technology to produce security officers ready to work, with the Level 2 National Certificate in Security, by mid December.

Courses will be running in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from November 8. These courses, are five week long day courses, will be run on a no fees basis, but learners will only be accepted if they are suitable for employment in the industry.

If you are interested in placing potential employees on a course, or in recruiting from amongst the graduates, please contact TSSL on 0800 TSSLCO (0800 877526) or email

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Spare 2005 NZSA diaries are available from the office at $20 plus GST

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Back to index ASIS President to Visit New Zealand

ASIS International has entered its 50th year. As part of the worldwide celebrations, ASIS Chapter 148 is delighted to announce the visit to New Zealand of the President of ASIS International, Shirley A. Pierini, CPP. Shirley will address the ASIS New Zealand, Auckland Branch at its monthly breakfast meeting on Friday 29 October 2004. (Note date change to that advised in the last edition of UP FRONT.)

The meeting will be at the usual time (0715am for 0730am), but please note that the venue has changed to the Open Polytechnic, Ground Floor, Duthie Whyte Building, 120 Mayoral Drive, Auckland. This is to facilitate a video link with the Wellington Branch. Please RSVP for catering purposes (if you haven't already done so) as soon as possible by emailing Michael Pepper, ASIS Chapter 148 Deputy Chairman at

Wellington Members - Meet at the E-Vision Centre, cnr Blair Street and Wakefield Street, Wellington at 0700am. Please RSVP to Mark Nicholas at to confirm your attendance or for further information.

This visit provides us with a unique opportunity to address a range of international issues with the leader of our Society. The meeting is open to non-members, so feel free to invite your peers, friends and business associates.

Please note that the fee (including breakfast) is $25.00 per person.

Shirley A. Pierini, CPP, President of ASIS International

Shirley Pierini, CPP, has more than 25 years of corporate security management and law enforcement experience. Currently, she is Vice President of Corporate Security and Safety for Ameriquest Mortgage Corporation, based in Orange, California.

Over her security industry career, Ms. Pierini has worked both domestically and abroad. She developed Bank of America's executive protection program for executives and their families; implemented operational security programs for McCaw Cellular Communications and L.A. Cellular; and conducted threat assessments for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of North America, Dell Webb Corporate offices, and the CNN building in Los Angeles, among others. Ms. Pierini is also a well-respected expert witness and a physical security consultant for threat assessments of corporate facilities, school districts, and houses of worship.

In 2004, Ms. Pierini assumed the presidency of ASIS International, having held numerous positions with the Society over the past 18 years. During her progression through the leadership ranks, she served at both the chapter and regional levels, was appointed to the Professional Certification Board (PCB), and chaired the ASIS Council on Telecommunications Security. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1997.

The strategic priorities that Ms. Pierini has established for ASIS International in 2004 are:

· Incorporate business management concepts and applications into the Society's education programs.

· Provide innovative and timely educational programming and use technology-based delivery systems to satisfy current attendees while attracting new participants in ASIS-sponsored education programs.

· Research, develop, and promulgate guidelines for the security industry.

· Advocate the role and value of the security management profession and ASIS International throughout the business community, media, government entities, and the public.

· Provide government and private sector policymakers with the information and expertise they need to develop homeland defense strategies.

· Ensure that information technology security and the traditional security function are positioned and integrated in the evolving body of knowledge in security.

Ms. Pierini is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), which indicates that she is board certified in security management. She also is an active member in the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and is a life member of Southern California Chief Special Agents. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has become a respected authority in executive offshore travel, and has made numerous appearances on CNN and other talk shows since the events of 9/11.

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Regional Updates

Northern Region

(Please note meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of every second month.)

Mark your diaries now for the next meeting: When: Tuesday 26 October 2004 Where: The Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden Admission: $5.00 RSVP: By e-mail to: Agenda: 4.00 pm Refreshments and Networking in upstairs Lounge 4.30 pm New Zealand Security Association Bi monthly Report NZSA Chairman, Scott Carter 5.30 pm Guest Speaker: Glenda Hughes - Media Consultant Author of Looking for Trouble a book on Sport, the media and management of athletes, and a former Police Officer, Glenda Hughes is now a recognized expert in working with the media. She has a BA with a double major in Sociology and Criminology, supported by communication papers from Victoria University. She is a guest lecturer in Marketing, Communication and Managing Change at Victoria and Massey University and also has her theory papers in teaching Public Speaking. On leaving the Police, Glenda took up freelance writing and documentary production. She assists many of New Zealand’s top sportspeople with public speaking and dealing with the media. She uses lessons learned in the sporting world as a model for how we function and what motivates people to perform. Glenda is now involved in ensuring the right public positioning for several of New Zealand’s Corporates. And as well as working directly with media she is also involved in the development of long term communication strategies. Glenda is the person many of NZ’s high profile people call when they become the centre of unwanted attention. Glenda also has an in depth understanding of the political environment in New Zealand and has an ability to relate to people at all levels, her intelligence and humour, makes her the ideal speaker.” She will talk to the Northern Branch of the NZSA on the importance of getting the message right when moving into the public arena. 5.45 pm Refreshments, nibbles and networking

For further information and to RSVP, contact Michael Pepper:

Central Region


The Central Region Meetings are now held on the first Wednesday of the month, every second month.

Please mark your calendars for the last meeting of the year. Further details to follow: Wednesday 1 December 2004 (Branch Meeting) Final for the year - will be the Xmas fling! Sponsor: Required!

We need Sponsors and Speakers for this meeting. Any organisation who would like to sponsor this evening and present their organisation's expertise, please contact Rogan Maxwell urgently!

For further information and/or to become a meeting sponsor, contact Rogan Maxwell:

Southern Region

An excellent meeting was held on 7 October. We had the normal supporters of the meetings turn up, and their effort was rewarded by a very interesting evening. Julian Watson from IAG discussed how the NZ Insurance market (and our premiums) are affected by the global insurance climate, and it actually made sense! He also gave examples of recent break-ins and fire saves. David Proud also gave a brief report on Board business. Those who want full minutes can contact him on the e-mail address below.

For those in Christchurch, get behind your Association and make an effort to improve it. We would like to see more people at next year's first official meeting to be held in February.

In the meantime, the next meeting will be an informal gathering on Thursday 2 December at the Twisted Hop, down Ash Street (lane) off Litchfield Street, or off High Street of Madras. Starting time will be 5.00 pm. See you there!

For further information, contact David Proud:


NZISF (NZ Information Security Forum) Meetings These will be held every second Thursday of the month.

The NZISF cordially invites you and your friends to the next breakfast meeting: When: Thursday 11 November 2004 at 7.30 am Where: The Auckland Club, 34 Shortland Street, CBD, Auckland Admission: NZISF, NZSA and NZCS members and students - $20.00 All others - $25.00. Cash or cheque only please - no credit cards Registration: E-mail your name, first name, business affiliation, and phone number to: You will receive confirmation via e-mail. Topic: Driving an Information Security Program in the Tertiary Environment

There is no such thing as total information security, but organizations are required to understand the risks and adopt a strategy to reduce them to acceptable levels. Perhaps a hackneyed word but a holistic approach must be adopted to ensure that threats to critical information assets are effectively managed; it’s not just antivirus software and firewalls!

This presentation will describe one possible approach to developing an Information Security Program within a large organization and will cover the following topics:

· Information security management - a definition

· Risk analysis for information security

· What are the threats to your information and people

· The balance between security and risk

· A plan for delivering improved information security management

· A framework for formulating and implementing internal information security policies

· Organizational responsibilities for information security

· Generating awareness and providing security education

Top 10 tips for a successful security program

The Presenter: Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is Information Security Manager at The University of Auckland. Steve has worked in the area of computing for almost 30 years, having written his first program in 1974 on an Olivetti P203. Steve studied and gained degrees at Aberystwyth University in Wales and at University College London. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and worked in the UK for 15 years in the areas of digital mapping and surveying.

Steve arrived in New Zealand in 1993 and has worked in the areas of IT strategy, policy development, IT architecture and information security at Air New Zealand and CLEAR Communications. He joined the University of Auckland in June 2002.

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For information on conferences, seminars and workshops facilitated by the New Zealand Property Institute, go to:

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Yellow Pages

YELLOWPAGES NZSA have a their logo listed on the Yellow Pages web site - open the site, 'hit' Associations box on bottom right hand side then 'hit' the NZSA logo. This lists all our members throughout the country. You can extend this page by having more detail attached. Contact Robin Dowe on (09) 525 3430 ext 94216 or e-mail

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