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Friday, April 6, 2012

How Do You Tell if Somebody Is Lying?

"Is he lying?" Odds are, you'll never know. Although people have been communicating with one another for tens of thousands of years, more than 3 decades of psychological research have found that most individuals are abysmally poor lie detectors. In the only worldwide study of its kind, scientists asked more than 2,000 people from nearly 60 countries, "How can you tell when people are lying?" From Botswana to Belgium, the number-one answer was the same: Liars avert their gaze.

"This is ... the most prevalent stereotype about deception in the world," says Charles Bond of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, who led the research project. And yet gaze aversion, like other commonly held stereotypes about liars, isn't correlated with lying at all, studies have shown. Liars don't shift around or touch their noses or clear their throats any more than truth tellers do.

Source and ©: CBS, Science News, Carrie Lock

This topic is a frequent issue of discussion on the following courses:

BTEC Professional Award in Workplace Investigation and Interviewing, 23-25 April, UK

Crime Prevention and Security Design, UK, 25-29 June, UK

ASIS CPP Certification Intensive Preparation Programme, UK, 3-19 September

The latter, which is based on the POA Manual, is quite rigid in its approach, arguing that there are definite indicators that a person is lying, verbal and non-verbal.

My experience differs slightly. While there are some people who, under pressure of interview, display obvious lie signs, I have seen the same signs displayed by truthful people who are put into a stress situation (such as an interview). I have also interviewed many liars who have displayed absolutely no tell-take signs at all, sometimes because they are accomplished liars, or sometimes because they don’t accept that what they have done was dishonest. Since childhood, for example, we are given toys and encouraged to be imaginative!

Your views and experiences?

More on the original CBS article at

Monday, July 25, 2011

Expanding Your Horizons as a Security Professional

ARC has an exciting programme of courses over the coming months, with something for all levels. If you are looking for core-skills training in security management, you should consider either:

Security Management Stage 1, 8-19 August and again 14-25 November (UK). This core-skills course, attended by hundreds of security managers worldwide, is university accredited and provides the initial step towards the MSc Professional Practice in Corporate Security Management. The course is also scheduled to run in Kuala Lumpur, 12-23 September, and Nigeria, 3-14 October.

BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Security Coordination and Management, 5-9 September (UK) and 14-18 November (Singapore). This course provides delegates with a recognised Edexcel award in security management. Edexcel professional awards are recognised across the world.

If you have attended a core skills course in security management, you may wish to consider Security Management Stage 2, 10-21 October (UK), which focuses on the more advanced concepts in security management.

Security Management Stage 3, 19-30 September, is a two-week programme that focuses on the broader contribution that security managers can make to their organisations, especially at the strategic level. The course assumes that delegates have a broad education in generic security management, having attended Security Management Stages 1 and 2, or having already undertaken CPP.

The Burrill-Green Masterclass in Strategic Security Management, 31 October - 4 November, is intended for the most senior practitioners of corporate security and those with realistic aspirations to take up such a position. This is a unique learning experience and applications for places will be scrutinised accordingly to ensure that all participants are sufficiently “pre-qualified”. If you have completed Security Management Stages 1-3, hold a CPP, or are operating at regional security management level or higher, this is an ideal programme for you.

BTEC Professional Awards offer certificated proof of your competence in security management. Train to security survey with the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Security Surveying and Design, 12-16 September (UK), train to investigate with the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Workplace Investigating and Interviewing, 3-6 October (UK), or simply aim for the generic BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Security Coordination and Management (details above).

For information on any of these opportunities, just click on the course title to be taken to the respective ARC webpage, or contact

Welcome to Laura

2011 has been the busiest year so far for ARC, and we are welcoming record numbers onto our courses. This has led to an expansion of the support team and ARC is delighted to welcome Laura Campbell as latest addition to the organisation. Laura will perform the dual role of marketing and academic coordination. Laura joins ARC direct from Reading University, where she has been reading Politics and International Relations.

Those blog readers who are working towards the MSc Professional Practice in Corporate Security Management will have the most direct contact with Laura, as she increasingly takes on responsibility for the coordination your post-course assignments.

Laura can be contacted at, and very much looks forward to working with you in the future.

Sharing Oil and Gas Security Management Expertise

Last week 16 delegates representing countries as diverse as Angola, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, UK, and the UAE, and major oil producers including Shell, BP, Total and Chevron, gathered at ARC Training for the now annual Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector Course.

Covering many aspects of oil and gas security, including security risk analysis, onshore maritime security, human rights and indigenous populations, corporate social responsibility, pipeline security, refinery and terminal security, activism and retail security, the course included a detailed syndicate project in which delegates produces a security strategy for a notional exploration and production operation in Angola.

In feedback, 100% of the delegates rated the courses as “good” or “excellent”, and all indicated that they “would recommend the course to a colleague”.
Full course contents can be found at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Terrorism, Pandemics or Something Else - The Future

Despite the recent lowering of the UK terrorism alert level from Severe to Substantial, it is worth taking a look at the current UK Civil Emergencies National Risk Register , in which attacks on crowded places and attacks on transport remain high likelihood events. A little lower down than terrorism on the likelihood scale but significantly higher on the impact scale is pandemic disease.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Future according to the World Economic Forum - Climate Change, Fiscal Crises, Geopolitical Conflict, Energy and Water Insecurity

The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2011 Report is a detailed analysis of the risk landscape for the coming five years. Prominent among those risks that are expected to have the greatest likelihood of occurrence/impact are climate change, fiscal crises, geopolitical conflict, extreme energy price volatility and water security.

An understanding of future likely global risks is important to businesses when developing strategy and to security managers in particular who are tasked with producing a parallel and commensurate security management strategy.

The Global Risks 2011 Report is one of a number of documents that will be analysed during the Corporate Risk Management module by delegates attending the forthcoming university-accredited (postgraduate-level) Security Management Stage 3 Course. Other subjects addressed by the course include Corporate Social Responsibility, Setting a Vision for Corporate Security, Kidnap Risk Reduction & Response, Illicit Trade & Counterfeiting, Product Tampering & Extortion, Espionage and Investigating Information Leaks, Security Project Management, IT Security – Managing Strategic Risks, Terrorism – Future Trends & Responses, External Liaison & Stakeholder Engagement, Business Expansion – Security Considerations, Security Intelligence, and Dealing with Protest Activity.

The course is aimed at those who have completed Security Management Stages 1 and 2, but is also suitable for those who are CPP-certified, and provides a full three-year term of CFE recertification credits.

For details contact Janet or visit