Trump’s Homeland Security Efforts Fall Short

With any large influx of people or for that matters goods, our ability to control and identify the traffic is challenged.  Through the decades, anyone involved in securing these flows – be it a large retail distribution center or a customs agency at a busy border – continually tries to improve on the process.  Tracking…

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The Controversy around the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act was first enacted back in 2005, in response to recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission to combat fake IDs, a critical terrorist tool. Starting in 2015, you needed a state-issued REAL ID to enter a federal facility or military base or, to fly.   Non-compliant states were given an extension by the…

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Women in Security

Ninety percent or more of the attendees at our security executive seminars are men.  And those women who attend our training are usually security executives working at the highest levels in their respective company or agency, or they play an active role in government or academia and are leaders in their field.  They come to…

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Mandating Security to Help Prevent Attacks

New Jersey Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has introduced a bill that requires local law enforcement to work with various state and local agencies to develop security protocols to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds. Under the Community Protection Act, agencies such as Homeland Security would work directly with local police to…

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A Good Year

Chameleon Associates had a great 2016 and we’re looking forward to an even better 2017. Our Quality Assurance services have been retained this year by more clients in sectors including real estate, non-profit, government and retail. Guardian by Chameleon is an innovative software application that we developed and launched in 4Q in support of our…

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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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