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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Reality is Stranger than Fiction

Reality Winner who worked for Pluribus International at their offices in Georgia was arrested this week under the Espionage Act for sending a classified document to Intercept, a publication first created in 2014 as a platform to report on documents released by Edward Snowden.  Ms. Winner faces one count of “gathering, transmitting or losing defense…

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When is an Attack a Terrorist Attack?

Does an attacker shouting ‘allahu akbar’ make it a terrorist attack?  How many people have to die for it to be an act of terrorism?  This week in downtown Fresno, California, Kori Ali Muhammad shot and killed three random people.  Muhammad was already a suspect in the shooting of a security guard at a Fresno…

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The Spirit of the Law

How can security personnel know what to do when doing the right thing contradicts the rules?  After all, life is often complicated and things are rarely black and white. Here are two examples.  One of our school security clients was conducting a lock down drill.    Lock down procedures at that campus state that no…

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