Under-trained Guards

Ask a private security company manager about officer training and they will tell you that of course, their guards are fully trained. What kind of training does the average security guard actually get?  Although guard requirements differ somewhat from state to state, the curriculum covers basic laws that would pertain to the job, public relations,…

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Security Attitudes in Israel

In Israel, security policy and procedures are well integrated into the fabric of its society.  This manifests in a couple ways: There is a full acceptance of the fact of threat.  This little country has been involved in cyclical wars for decades and its inhabitants are fully aware that it is a high value target…

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Video Analytics

The global video surveillance market is booming, up 1.9 % in 2015, 3.9 % in 2016 and up 9.3 % in 2017. For a human, making sense of real time action reflected in an array of dozens of CCTV monitors is headache producing.  It’s logical that computers can churn through data faster than we can…

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Stay Ahead of the Threat

On September 11, 2001, every U.S. airline met the security requirements set by the government.  Adherence to regulations did nothing to prevent the attacks of that day. Many corporate and government security administrators make the mistake of building their security system and its requirements only around past events, against those methods of operation that have…

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SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT

Maintaining a safe and secure environment for its employees, contractors and customers is critical to the success of the company. To this end, security officers working at any protected environment must be equipped with the necessary tools and skills to proactively recognize and respond to terrorist/criminal activity before it is realized.  They must have the knowledge and…

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Securing the Royal Wedding

The price tag for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was a whopping US$45 million.  And while Pol Roger champagne and flowers were plentiful, the biggest budget line item was security, estimated at US$42 million. The U.K. has long been a hot target of terrorist activity and knows the threat firsthand. The memory of last…

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The Red Sea Diving Resort

Tales of crazy covert spy operations make great memoirs.  Ex-Mossad agent Gad Shimron tells such a story about Operation Brothers, a mission that took place in the 1980s to extricate starving Ethiopian Jews from Sudan, a Muslim state.  Hollywood has jumped on the bandwagon; a movie based on the operation and starring Chris Evans will…

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SECURITY OFFICERS ENGAGEMENT

The biggest difference between how security is conducted in Israel versus most of the U.S. (and other countries) is a mindset of actively seeking engagement and the fact that law enforcement, military and private security officers all work based on the same threat-based methodology.  The notion of engagement isn’t only about responding to an event…

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SECURITY AS A BUSINESS PRIORITY

Security as a business priority is changing. Many organizations today regard security as a vital resource for the success and sustainability of their business communities. The bottom line action item that this increased priority brings to governments and private organizations alike is the need to continuously evaluate and test security systems with the objective of…

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Guns in Israel

Some people have the idea that in Israel, gun laws are very liberal.  In fact, the very opposite is true. There are strict requirements to gun acquisition and ownership.  Gun ownership in Israel is a privilege, not a right. Guns per Capita The United States has one firearm per capita, the highest in the world. …

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