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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Ask Heads of Security about the most challenging aspect of their work and they’ll tell you it’s to sell security to their organization and its decision makers. Decades of experience in military or law enforcement may have prepared you to manage a security force, to handle an investigation or tackle an emergency. However, it did…

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Law enforcement is being de-funded in many places and regardless to the degree, many police departments will be operating with less resources.   Clearly, there is a lot to distinguish security officers from police officers; the two are not interchangeable.  Besides vetting, training and equipment, the latter’s role is to enforce laws and the former’s role…

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Last Friday, the Santa Clara California District Attorney announced that his office is pursuing charges against officials in the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office and AS Solution, a large executive protection company whose U.S. headquarters is in Seattle, recently purchased by Allied Universal.  AS Solution provides Executive Protection services to the highest echelon of Silicon Valley…

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The challenges of Covid have touched nearly every aspect of our global lives – if and how we socialize, finances, schooling, work conditions and travel.  New security threats particular related to Covid crime include cyber schemes to get money for fake charities or phishing for data disguised as government benefits agencies or IRS stimulus package…

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False IDs are key to criminal activity that goes well beyond an underage teenager buying a six-pack of beer.  Take the case of John Colletti, who racked up over $120,000 at casinos in Michigan and Kansas using false identification. Colletti’s ploy was to withdraw cash from casino ATMs using false IDs. From online sources, he…

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Hospitals that only a few months ago were hosting kidney transplants and mending accident victims are now full time Covid-19 triage and acute care centers. Medical centers as perhaps never before are on the forefront of a global battle. Frustrated, overworked personnel are being forced to make hard decisions about distribution of limited resources. The…

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Tik Tok is the world’s leading short video platform, an app used for creating and sharing short videos ranging from 5 to 15 seconds, in some cases up to 60 seconds in length, enjoyed by over 500 million users across the globe.  It’s the world’s most downloaded iPhone app. As with other social media, a…

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There may be complaints about Facebook’s ability to secure its users’ data, or to secure against criminals using Facebook as a platform for illicit activities, but on the home front it seems Facebook has security covered pretty well. When you think about how ubiquitous Facebook is, how beloved, hated and controversial, it’s easy to see…

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Humans and dogs enjoy a special relationship, both social and professional.  For the latter, there are many examples with which we are all familiar: SWAT teams use dogs to help clear a room, soldiers use dogs to detect IEDs, isolated facilities use dogs to guard against perimeter breaches, customs agencies use dogs to sniff out…

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