Bodyguards are associated with VIPs, celebrities, politicians.  There’s a mystique around body guards – blockbuster movies are made about them. Having one marks you as special.  But starting in 2020, we can now all be special.  Ordering a body guard is as easy as ordering food delivery or scheduling an Uber. The aptly named app…

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking about the state of Policing in the U.S. with Joe Smarro, a San Antonio police officer, former combat Marine, and proponent of policing reform and mental health education.  Joe (and his partner) are the subjects of the eponymous HBO documentary Ernie and Joe.  He is the CEO of…

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Law Enforcement Overburdened? Dealing with the mentally ill, responding to student bullying at a school or looking for terrorists at the airport – are we asking our police to do too much?  Is the wide range of tasks making for a mission that is improbable? In Seattle, the six-block CHOP neighborhood (Capitol Hill Organized Protest)…

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When danger or threat comes, one is always happy to have protection available. But recent events in the world have revealed that many fear the very thing that is meant to provide this protection.  Missteps, bad judgement and racism are not unique to members of law enforcement and security but when they appear connected to…

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Surveillance is a critical tool for any adversary.  Yet, so often in security it is discounted.  Anyone from a pickpocket trailing their next victim, to a high level assassination team following their target, depends on surveillance as part of their operational planning and attack execution. Let’s look at it from an adversarial angle, from the…

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In security there are three basic levels of deterrence. Deterrence levels are measured based on the cognitive assessment an adversary makes and their emotional experience when facing the security system he is about to attack. Deterrence Level 1 is achieved in a security system that incorporates detection technology such as x-ray machines, metal detectors or…

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Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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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) and…

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We think of canine officers as helping to fiercely chase down criminals on the loose and nose out illegal drugs and hidden bombs.  But for a while now in the U.S. dogs have been providing another vital function: sniffing out electronic storage media including SD cards, USB and thumb drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPhones…

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On May 10th of this year, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued an eight-page bulletin entitled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat with Lethal Violence”.  The analysis pointed to the high number of violent incidents over the last decade involving neo-Nazis, white extremists and the KKK.  Anyone who pays attention to domestic terrorist…

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