With less than a year to go before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games takes place on the Gold Coast, the Games’ head of security Danny Baade is confident in Queensland’s ability to deliver a safe and successful event. The countdown to kick-off commenced back in 2011, and now only 294 days out, Baade and his team are focusing on two main areas of risk: The first is ensuring the event runs smoothly, and the second is keeping abreast of the growing threat landscape, both in the physical world and online. Pointing to the recent acts of terror in the United Kingdom, Baade — who spent 30 years in the Queensland Police Service and retired as a superintendent after being in charge of the state’s major events and disaster management branch — said the role of security sits between evaluating risks and making sure the Games are successful. “We all know that you can’t eliminate all risk; it’s just not possible to do that. But in between trying to eliminate as much risk as possible, there’s a point where no-one can go to the Games and the Games can’t actually occur, so you can’t simply lock everything up and protect it like a fortress,” he explained. Speaking with ZDNet ahead of the 2017 Security Conference and Exhibition in Sydney next month, Baade said the teams behind the Games have taken an approach to the event that encompasses both safety and security where they look at every type of… [Read full story]
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