Security Technology

Why you should know about Deepfake

Deepfake technology is like Photoshop for video.  It allows non-technical folks to alter a video’s look and audio so completely that at first and second glance it appears authentic. Deepfake almost puts the spin doctors out of business because the story you start with has already been spun.   An audio voice skin or clone is…

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Killer Surveillance

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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Video Analytics

The global video Surveillance  market is booming, up 1.9 % in 2015, 3.9 % in 2016 and up 9.3 % in 2017. For a human, making sense of real time action reflected in an array of dozens of CCTV monitors is headache producing.  It’s logical that computers can churn through data faster than we can…

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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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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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Private Security Industry Falls Short

The ASIS conference in Dallas, Texas last month illustrated a new trend for security guard companies. Many of them diversify their service portfolio with technology offerings that may ultimately substitute for their core business of supplying security officers by the hour.  Remote CCTV monitoring services and autonomous security robots are being marketed by some of…

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An Investigator’s Best Friend

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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The Drone Police

Drones are prominently in the news this week.  The U.S. Department of Defense has given military bases new guidelines allowing them to shoot down consumer drones trespassing on (above) military bases.  The Los Angeles Police Department wants to finally use two drones it received from the Seattle Police Department that have been sitting unused on…

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Passports

                        A passport is a critical travel document without which you are literally grounded. We might nowadays associate passports mainly with train and aviation travel.  But there are biblical references to travel documents that survive til today.  In the Old Testament (Nehemiah 2:7-9), around…

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Textalyzer

Perhaps you can relate: driving to work this morning on the highway a car in the lane next to me started to gradually slow down and then it was swerving a bit.  As I sped past, I saw the driver looking down at his phone, no doubt texting.  Once I reached my exit, the off…

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