Posts by Chameleon

Are we Shifting?

Over the past year or so, we have seen indicators that security managers and executives are making a shift in their perspective and priorities. Our clients are expressing concerns, new customers are seeking help and colleagues agree that dissatisfaction with the status quo is climbing. Many companies and organizations have traditionally been interested in hiring…

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Threat is not Random

More often than not, security systems miss the mark when they skip a vital step in developing their security standards and procedures. They do not first clearly define the threat. But only once you understand the threat, can you understand what is suspicious and then have a road map for procedures. Take random checks as an…

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Kardashian Caper

Kim Kardashian

When we do threat assessments for high net worth clients they include looking at physical layouts of all locations, best use of technology, transit routes and procedures, security SOPs and staff backgrounds.  We also always do a thorough hunt through social media and open internet sources.  These provide a treasure trove of information that any…

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The USS Zumwalt

I had the pleasure of speaking with retired Lt. Col. James Zumwalt about the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000, commissioned in honor of his father Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt.  Launched October 28, 2013, christened in April 2014, the USS Zumwalt has since undergone sea trials and will be officially commissioned in a ceremony taking place in…

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The Battle of the Burqa

The veil worn by Muslim women in certain countries, either by desire or decree, has become a potent political symbol. It is after all, hard to miss. As the divisiveness between the Islamic and western worlds escalates, any woman in the West wearing a burqa (or niqab or its equivalent) is at least openly advertising…

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Security and Freedom

“I don’t want security on our campus! I don’t want the students to feel like they are living in some sort of prison; the campus should be free and have a culture of openness.” As security consultants, we hear a version of this line time and again. Many people believe that security is synonymous with…

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Can Biometrics Help?

Security solutions to criminal and terror threats are multifaceted.  The human element is a critical component but technology can play an important supporting role.  Biometrics to identify and track people on the move is one way to strengthen security.   The most common types of biometrics are fingerprint and iris scans.  Neither is new.  This kind of technology has…

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Notorious Shoes

Richard Reid, aka the Shoe Bomber, offers an example of how security questioning together with appropriate security procedures, can be an effective deterrent and identifier of threat.  Although there are hundreds of examples of how proper questioning has succeeded, this case is notorious.   On July 7th, 2001, Reid traveled to Israel on El Al…

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Step One: Make the Decision

Part 3 of Series – How Israel does Security Differently   Between 2002 and 2005 in Israel there was a wave of suicide bombings at restaurants and cafes that took hundreds of lives.  These places were targets because there are so many such establishments and because they were relatively unprotected.    So what happened next? …

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Ready to Engage

Part 2 of Series – How Israel does Security Differently   You probably did not hear the following story that took place in Jerusalem last month.    A security officer assigned to a train station in Jerusalem observed a man who looked suspicious to him.  This officer is an Arab Druze (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druze).  He went up…

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