Manchester Attack – Known Vulnerabilities

With the Manchester U.K. suicide bombing incident still under investigation, it is hard to draw final conclusions regarding security failures in this incident. What we know now is that the Manchester Suicide Bomber exploded himself at the foyer of the arena immediately after the concert ended at around 10:30PM and just as thousands of young…

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Bin Laden Marketing to Lone Wolves

Bin Laden is an über brand name in terrorism.  Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza, has recently narrated a video encouraging Lone Wolf terrorists to act, one of several videos he has made over the last few years.  Hamza was often featured in his father’s videos, holding a weapon or reciting.  Clearly it is hoped that…

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Security at Cannes

Next week is the opening of the famous Cannes Film Festival, celebrating its 70th anniversary with maximum glitz and glamour.  Hundreds of thousands attend.  After the horrific terrorist attack in nearby Nice last July, and the particularly tense political atmosphere roiling in the south of France, festival organizers are ramping up security.  Again.  Last year…

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ICE’s Voice?

Controversy is everywhere these days.  Not surprisingly, the opening of a new office under the auspices of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) began with a bang. The idea behind the office created under President’s Trump’s Executive Order No. 13768 is to act as a liaison between ICE and the…

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Age of Fear?

[S]ince love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. —Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513 Last week’s post concerned the ‘definition’ of terrorism.  While usually politically motivated, terrorism as a phenomenon has itself become politicized.  Terrorists and their supporters are of course…

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When is an Attack a Terrorist Attack?

Does an attacker shouting ‘allahu akbar’ make it a terrorist attack?  How many people have to die for it to be an act of terrorism?  This week in downtown Fresno, California, Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed three random people.  Muhammad was already a suspect in the shooting of a security guard at a Fresno…

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More Things, More Trouble

The Internet of things (IoT) is (Wiki definition) the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.   Last weekend, when I finally bought home security cameras whose…

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The Spirit of the Law

How can security personnel know what to do when doing the right thing contradicts the rules?  After all, life is often complicated and things are rarely black and white. Here are two examples.  One of our school security clients was conducting a lock down drill.    Lock down procedures at that campus state that no…

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Laptop Bombs are Not New

Bringing an airliner down has been a big prize of terrorists since .. forever.  It is hardly a new goal.  The most recent U.S. security shift is a ban in airline cabins of all electronics larger than a cell phone on flights originating from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait and the United…

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National Security Strategy

  A National Security Strategy has been produced every few years going back to 1987, under the Reagan administration.  The latest NSS was published in 2002 and 2006 by President Bush, and in 2010 and 2015 by Barack Obama. The purpose of the NSS is to communicate a President’s vision to the Congress as well as…

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