Beckham Burglary

David and Victoria Beckham live in a $50 million mansion in the posh Holland Park area of West London. They can easily afford to have the highest end security systems in place. And yet last month, while members of the family were at home downstairs, a burglar broke into an upper story  guest room and…

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Talking to Strangers

BOOK REVIEW   This week, we would like to recommend a book to our subscribers. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell will make you think and, in some ways, doubt your ability to evaluate strangers. In the fields of law enforcement, intelligence and security we constantly engage and interact with strangers. We are trained to…

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Drone – friend or foe

Drones are everywhere. We’ve seen from Ukraine news how effective even slower, older drones can be in a military campaign. Paparazzi use drones to invade the private lives of celebrities. Law enforcement uses them for surveillance and tracking. Drones aid land surveyors for plotting areas. And folks love taking recreational airborne tours and testing their…

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Ukraine Improvises

Ukrainians have been slowing down the Russia invasion of their country through a combination of grit, courage and improvisation in the face of Russian fire power.  Russia’s standing army is #5 in the world with 900,000 active-duty soldiers plus 2 million reservists versus Ukraine’s 196,000 active plus 900,000 reservists. Russia’s military expenditure in 2020 was…

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Crime and Climate

  A recent study has again found a correlation between continuing climate change and a rise of violent crime across the globe. Researchers determined that for every degree of above-average temperature there was a matching one percent increase in the rate of violent crime. This study was a collaboration between universities in Abu Dhabi, India…

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Who was Kate Warne?

Did you know that the first female private detective in the U.S. was key to saving the life of President Abraham Lincoln? In the time leading up to his inauguration, Lincoln faced profound political opposition. Southern states had been threatening secession if Republicans gained the White House and by March 1861, seven had done so…

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Country Club Security

One of the many great aspects of private golf course or country club life is the feeling of being completely free to enjoy your time, safe from threats, with a sense of security. Indeed, the very definition of security is being free from danger or threat.  At the same time, one does not want to…

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Colonial Pipeline, the largest for refined gasoline and jet fuel in the U.S., carries up to 3 million barrels a day between Texas and New York.  Hackers broke in to Colonial’s computer systems conducting a malware cyber attack that shut the company down for almost a week. 12,000 gas stations were directly affected resulting in…

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FireEye Hack Needs Hacker Defense

FireEye, one of the world’s largest cyber security companies, announced this week that they were hacked.  Their hacking tools were stolen. CEO Kevin Mandia said in a statement that based on his “25 years in cyber security and responding to incidents, I’ve concluded we are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.” …

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SECURITY AS A BUSINESS PRIORITY

Security as a business priority is changing. Many organizations today regard security as a vital resource for the success and sustainability of their business communities. The bottom line action item that this increased priority brings to governments and private organizations alike is the need to continuously evaluate and test security systems with the objective of…

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