Country Club Security

One of the many great aspects of private golf course or country club life is the feeling of being completely free to enjoy your time, safe from threats, with a sense of security. Indeed, the very definition of security is being free from danger or threat.  At the same time, one does not want to…

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Colonial Pipeline, the largest for refined gasoline and jet fuel in the U.S., carries up to 3 million barrels a day between Texas and New York.  Hackers broke in to Colonial’s computer systems conducting a malware cyber attack that shut the company down for almost a week. 12,000 gas stations were directly affected resulting in…

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Transit Insecurity

Violent crime on city streets and around transit hubs are in the news every day. A little old lady gets punched in the face at a bus stop, someone is pushed down near train tracks in the metro, folks are being robbed and verbally assaulted at what seems like every turn.  Covid necessarily resulted in…

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Duty to Protect

To what extent is a business obligated to provide security for its customers?  And to what extent does security influence which businesses a customer choses to frequent?  These questions are particularly relevant in light of the recent shooting at a grocery store location in Colorado which left ten people dead. Some would say that businesses…

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Ransomware Risk

It is estimated that every 11 seconds, a ransomware attack occurs (this according to Cybersecurity Ventures).  Over the last 4 years, the FBI reports there have been 4,000 attacks – on private businesses, government agencies and individual computer users.  Covid and the associated increased reliance on computing is cited as another reason for ever-increasing occurrence…

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Officer Joe’s on Post

The security industry has some unique characteristics which influence its management.  What works just fine for management in other business sectors does not work well in security. As background, decades ago, when Chameleon was an upstart consultancy, we did not benefit from a network of businesspeople we met on the golf course (although we do…

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A Changing U.S. Threat Environment

For decades, organizations in the United States have been accustomed to looking outward for threats. Prevention efforts were focused mostly on bad guys coming from outside the organization to attack “us.” Was the attack of the US Capitol a wake-up call to alert us that perhaps our focus should change, and to give more attention…

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Systematic Security Failure at the Capitol

US Capitol January 6, 2021 The burning of the German Parliament in 1933 “We can afford being attacked; we cannot afford being surprised.”   This is what the Sergeant at Arms of the Israeli Parliament (“the Knesset”) said to our group during a security seminar in Israel, a few years ago. Surprise is what the…

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Offensive vs Defensive Intelligence

There are two main disciplines in the field of intelligence:  offensive and defensive.  At a national level, countries may chose a defensive or an offensive intelligence posture. For example, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS) is considered predominantly defensive while the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is regarded as more on the offensive side of…

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2020 Recap

2020 was a weird year.  Nonetheless, Chameleon continued to provide security consulting services and training to our clients, both new and existing.  We’ve been playing to our strengths in terms of supporting a wide range of industries in areas across the globe.  We’ve found that our flexible, resilient and creative work ethic makes for success,…

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