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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Pot and Crime

A huge marijuana dispensary is going in across the street. I can see it from my office window.  I dread its opening for the traffic I imagine it will bring. Some anti pot politicians and activists have claimed that crime will increase where marijuana is legalized.  This view has been discredited (at least by Snopes)…

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Why are we Digitally Imprudent?

A number of events this week point to our disturbingly naive relationship to an increasingly digital world.  A woman in Washington State was videotaped by a home security camera stealing a package off a front porch.  The video of her slipping and spraining an ankle in her victim’s front yard as she ran to the…

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Global Cooperation

Any security professional knows that when securing a place of business or a home, extending the rings of security outward from the target is the most effective approach.  It provides critical distance and time in addition to a potential opportunity for intelligence gathering.  The sooner we can identify a threat before it arrives at a…

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