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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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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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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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 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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Iranian demonstrators carrying signs promising to avenge the assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in January 2020. What are the boundaries of a country’s license to kill? Historically, most western countries maintain that a nation’s license to kill without trial or due process is only granted during war time. But…

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FireEye, one of the world’s largest cyber security companies, announced this week that they were hacked.  Their hacking tools were stolen. CEO Kevin Mandia said in a statement that based on his “25 years in cyber security and responding to incidents, I’ve concluded we are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.” …

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Bodyguards are associated with VIPs, celebrities, politicians.  There’s a mystique around body guards – blockbuster movies are made about them. Having one marks you as special.  But starting in 2020, we can now all be special.  Ordering a body guard is as easy as ordering food delivery or scheduling an Uber. The aptly named app…

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 Terrorist with suicide backpack Last October 2019, the U.K. Home Secretary set up a Public Inquiry to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack. Twenty two concert goers were killed and hundreds wounded and hundreds more severely traumatized by the Islamic terrorist attack that day.  Inquiry hearings began in September…

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Emotion and commotion around the presidential election of 2020 is unprecedented.  Citizens of all political stripes are coming together this and next month to declare themselves.  Violent clashes and protests involving myriad factions are in the news every week. What can be done to secure voters and the public this election season? Although hopefully, voting…

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