Christmas Market Lessons

In early December, the European Union’s police agency warned that Islamic State terrorists have shifted their focus to softer, more random European targets in an effort to intimidate the public.  On December 19th, their warning proved prophetic.  A truck plowed into a Christmas Market near Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church killing 12 and injuring dozens…

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Active Shooting

This week our guest blogger is Victor Chu, a Certified Firearms Instructor previously on the teaching staff for Front Sight Firearms Training Academy. He serves with the California State Military Reserve and is a full time Security Quality Assurance Manager at Chameleon Associates. ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS – A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND SECURITY PROFESSIONALS…

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Surface Security

Less than three percent of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s budget is currently allocated for securing non-aviation surface transit i.e. trains, ferries and buses.  Yet trains, including subway rail carry many times more passengers per day than do airlines. Armed Amtrak police officers and K-9 units patrol larger train stations and passengers and bags are…

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Can ICANN?

Last week folks at the office were freaking out because various internet sites were either down, or working sporadically and email was stuck in everyone’s outbox. After a couple hours of troubleshooting and name calling it appeared the problem was due to a DNS (Domain Name Server) DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on a…

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Kardashian Caper

When we do threat assessments for high net worth clients they include looking at physical layouts of all locations, best use of technology, transit routes and procedures, security SOPs and staff backgrounds.  We also always do a thorough hunt through social media and open internet sources.  These provide a treasure trove of information that any…

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The USS Zumwalt

I had the pleasure of speaking with retired Lt. Col. James Zumwalt about the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000, commissioned in honor of his father Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt.  Launched October 28, 2013, christened in April 2014, the USS Zumwalt has since undergone sea trials and will be officially commissioned in a ceremony taking place in…

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The Battle of the Burqa

The veil worn by Muslim women in certain countries, either by desire or decree, has become a potent political symbol. It is after all, hard to miss. As the divisiveness between the Islamic and western worlds escalates, any woman in the West wearing a burqa (or niqab or its equivalent) is at least openly advertising…

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Security and Freedom

“I don’t want security on our campus! I don’t want the students to feel like they are living in some sort of prison; the campus should be free and have a culture of openness.” As security consultants, we hear a version of this line time and again. Many people believe that security is synonymous with…

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Can Biometrics Help?

Security solutions to criminal and terror threats are multifaceted.  The human element is a critical component but technology can play an important supporting role.  Biometrics to identify and track people on the move is one way to strengthen security.   The most common types of biometrics are fingerprint and iris scans.  Neither is new.  This kind of technology has…

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Notorious Shoes

Richard Reid, aka the Shoe Bomber, offers an example of how security questioning together with appropriate security procedures, can be an effective deterrent and identifier of threat.  Although there are hundreds of examples of how proper questioning has succeeded, this case is notorious.   On July 7th, 2001, Reid traveled to Israel on El Al…

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