Thursday, June 30, 2016

Reagan National Airport set to begin massive reconstruction this fall

The Airport needs to really get this right, any knee jerk reactions based on the Turkey attacks could lead to millions of dollars miss appropriated, and more spent to make it all work with new requirements. Pushing security to one central point can lead to larger soft targets, that will require more security spending, and quite often more time to get through screening. We also need to understand that single points also make for single points of failure. Attacks at a single point could put the airport out of commission for a longer time.
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Department of Homeland Security mulls extending airport perimeters

We need to be very careful here, posting officer's out further even in a random method could well be advantageous. Plus it will help deny attackers areas to conduct surveillance of the airport security while planning an attack. But to push screening or even check points out further as a fixed security point just gives the attacker's a soft point to attack. We need to understand any point we push people out to, and they are crowded together is another soft target. Train Police and the rest of the airport staff on detecting the attacker's as they are in the planning stage is a better solution.
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CCTV shows terrorist's cold-blooded shooting of Istanbul airport security guard

There's some questions on if the undercover officer was armed, as you can see, unless he was in the act of drawing b his weapon, it would have made little difference, the shooter was all ready to shoot and did. I praise the officer to have noticed something suspicious and acted on it, it forced the attackers hand and probably saved lives. As you can see with the attacker being shot and still detonating his bomb, that this is not where security wants to be, we want to detect them in the planning stages. That's when we all win.
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CCTV shows terrorist's cold-blooded shooting of Istanbul airport security guard

TrentonScottH : Istanbul airport bombers tried to beat aggressor detection, but they can't mask all the giveaways #aviationsecurity https://t.co/z3aQZzd0Te
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Department of Homeland Security mulls extending airport perimeters

TrentonScottH : DHS mulls extending airport perimeters; perimeter security has been at the forefront lately w/ US airport operators https://t.co/22hW0Gfd5U
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Chilling picture of smiling Istanbul airport suicide bombers seconds from death mission as police fe

As we find the attackers in Turkey are from Russia and other old Muslim spin off countries, we need to remember what the Jihadists have already told us in the guidance given after the attack for new attackers. I quote: We finally call upon the Muslims in America to take up arms in defense of their religion and the Islamic Ummah. Lone Jihad is not monopolized by al-Qaida or any other group, therefore we call upon all active Jihadi groups, to adopt and build upon the idea of Lone Jihad and call towards it.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Istanbul terror attack: 41 killed; airport resumes flights amid blood, shattered glass

TrentonScottH : Flights have resumed @ Istanbul Ataturk Airport after bombing attack; resilience is as key to security as protection https://t.co/LjIudo59Rw
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STOP Sharing that Facebook Privacy and Permission Notice, It's a HOAX

You need to know about this one.
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IoT Botnet — 25,000 CCTV Cameras Hacked to launch DDoS Attack

This attack is based on known security vulnerabilities IP based wireless cameras have. This exploit focused on Cameras, but the Internet of Things is expanding the same type of vulnerability to everything in your home using IP connectivity. Smart TV's, thermostats, refrigerators, printer's are all vulnerable to these attacks.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish officials say

TrentonScottH : RT @CNN: Official: Two #Istanbul airport attackers detonated in int'l terminal, third in parking lot https://t.co/T93fuUiedn https://t.co/NBM29Q6M1y
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Nikhil Murthy (@nsm) | Twitter

TrentonScottH : RT @CNN: Official: Two #Istanbul airport attackers detonated in int'l terminal, third in parking lot https://t.co/T93fuUiedn https://t.co/NBM29Q6M1y
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Texas Security Industry

Just came out today, did not know the Officer, although he worked for a few years that I was on. Only 35% of the book is on the Clinton's, the rest is USSS stuff and then his time with the TSA FAM's program.
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'Nearly 50 Killed' In Istanbul Airport Attack

Soft targets, in this case reports are the initial attack started in the Parking lot with gun fire, then a bomb, the next attack was apparently just outside the terminal, and also started with gunfire then a bomb detonation. From inside the terminal video a third attacker is seen collapsing and his weapon slides accross the floor, with the last bomb being set off. All bombs appear to be wrapped around the attackers. Still none of this can be considered factual at this time.
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Turkey airport attack: 28 killed in explosions at Istanbul Atatürk | World news | The Guardian

This is still an ongoing event, and not a lot of information as of yet. There are reports of up to 50 dead at this point, but most are staying with the 28 as reported by the Government two hours ago. One story is that they either engaged or the police started the engagement just outside the doors to the terminal. One bomber can be seen falling to the ground with a long gun, some describe as a version of an AK-47 sliding away from him, and then the bomb which appears to be on him is detonated. Most are reporting 3 bombers, others are still going with two, information is still sketchy. Now a report is the attack started in the parking lot, with gun fire then bomb and officers responded to the site, while another made it to the outside the terminal and fired his weapon and then detonated, and the third is the one seen inside the terminal shot and then detonations.
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Hero policeman 'wrestled bomber to ground' before Turkey attack

Terrorists tried to get in past initial security, where gunfire erupted as one appears to have had an AK-47, initial reports state. Security stopped them when one of the attackers drew a weapon and engaged them when stopped. It's important to note that there can always be secondary effects during an attack - in this case a bomb - you can't predict them, but good observation and countermeasures can prevent further access, as it appears they didn't make it though when they detonated a bomb. It could've been likely that the primary target beyond the first checkpoint was at Arrivals. Isis militants have been targeting tourist spots in recent attacks in Turkey, and airports have large concentrations of them, especially during the summer travel season. http://ift.tt/291Ungn
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TrentonScottH : RT @CNN: Istanbul #Ataturk Airport attack update: -At least 10 dead -2 suicide attackers -Targeted the intl departures area https://t.co/9QoBqazQNG
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Monday, June 27, 2016

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Here is the question of the Day. Would you be able to detect surveillance on your Department or Protection Team. 1 FRANCE: Police Arrest Terrorist’s Associates for Surveilling Police On 21 June, police arrested three men for allegedly conducting surveillance on police officers. ■ The men were known to France’s intelligence services after previously being convicted of terrorist-related crimes. One of the men was reportedly on France’s national security watchlist. ■ The men—linked to now-deceased ISIL supporter Larossi Abballa, who killed a police officer and his partner outside Paris—were arrested in the Paris suburbs of Mureaux and Mantes-la-Jolie, where Abballa lived. (AFP, THE LOCAL) Detecting Surveillance is a matter of awareness and also having an idea of what to look for. CTI can help train your team to detect surveillance and develop a counter surveillance capability. www.countertech.com
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Federal Register | Agency Information Collection Activities: Arrival and Departure Record (Forms I-9

If this proposed rule goes into effect it will allow Customs to collect travelers social media accounts data as they come into country. It is meant to catch people with terrorist ties. It is belived by most criminal travelers that this was being done already, and they say they have clean social media accounts to show the Police.
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Inspire Magazine Posts a Guideline for Operations like Orlando. The last paragraph of this 4 page guide is a call to keep these operations coming. We finally call upon the Muslims in America to take up arms in defense of their religion and the Islamic Ummah. Lone Jihad is not monopolized by al-Qaida or any other group, therefore we call upon all active Jihadi groups, to adopt and build upon the idea of Lone Jihad and call towards it. We call upon every single Muslim in Western countries or in other countries who are able to travel to the West to follow upon the footsteps of our hero Umar Mateen and his likes. To rise and strike America, the head of kufr. We ask Allah to accept our hero Mujahid brother Umar Siddeq Mateen. May Allah place him in the highest paradise with the messengers, Prophets and Martyrs. The success of this operation has inspired, inspire editors to publish helpful guidelines for these events. It goes over the good parts and suggests some ways the operation could be handled better in the future. Some of the successes they promote are: First: This operation is considered to be among the most successful Lone Jihad operations, meaning that it will inspire others to wage similar operations especially because the number of those killed was too high with regard to these types of operations. Therefore every new Lone Mujahid will try to do his best to realize and attain a similar or more fatalities in his operation. And this encourages those hesitant to wage and launch their own operations, especially when they see how easy it is to execute an operation. Second: The number of those killed in the operation was high compared to other Lone Jihad operations. And perhaps the most important reason for this was the location of the operation. It was a closed area and thus making it very easy to chase and hunt the targets. Another reason was the timing and the state of those targeted. It was late during the night and those present in the nightclub were drunk. A third reason was that the Lone Mujahid was well trained in handling firearms; this was because of his job in a security firm. Third: After attacking the targets, the brother Umar was able to take many hostages and lengthen the battle for as long as possible. This enabled him to send his message better and the whole world listened to his case broader. Brother Umar was able to delay the battle for three hours until the authorities attack with armored vehicles and put an end to the operation, they tried to free the hostages by any means possible regardless of the results. And because Umar was able to restrain the hostages in the restrooms in order to take control of the situation easily, this made it difficult for the police to attack and hunt him down and they eventually resorted to use maximum force to put an end to the situation. The uncalculated approach by the police caused injuries to some of the hostages who survived. And this can only be termed as an embarrassment to the government which prioritized ending the operation over their citizen›s lives. Fourth: Capitalizing on the means and using it well: Umar capitalized on the means available at his reach, his machine gun, which he officially owned. He did not wait to prepare for more means to assist him in his assault; he rather used and invested well on the means readily available to him. Utilizing it well in manner and tactic, during the attack. This matter always confirms to us that the main problem is not in obtaining the weapon, but is in the conviction, determination and will power to execute such Jihadi operations. But they also had advice for better operations next time. It was basically to pick targets with less minorities, and more Anglo-Saxon or White folk. The LGBT community is a fitting target, but pick places with less Hispanic and Black minorities, you want places with more Whites.


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Mexico has designed made under licence and just stolen the designs for other…

Mexico has long backed the myth that the majority of the weapons used by the cartels in Mexico come from the US. Only the top level Cartels can afford to supply Mexican Cartel Soldiers US weapons. For instance a working AK47 or any of its variants will cost over a thousand dollars to buy from the US. The same weapon from South or Central America, bear in mind the Russians and Chinese have dumped millions of these weapons to support revolution down there, their cost between one hundred dollars to a high of two hundred dollars. The Cartels buy huge shipments of weapons from dealers all over Europe , China and from Russia it self. Then lets look at the K&K licenced weapons made in Mexico by Mexico. They buy a licence to make x amounts of weapons, H&K has filed legal actions against Mexico for making far more weapons than allowed. Mexico has basically bribed H&K into dropping the legal actions a number of times, by agreeing to buy weapons directly from H&K. H&K was apparently going to start other legal actions of a long rifle that Mexico had stolen the design, changed a few features to reduce manufacturing costs. H&K looked at the new design, and backed off, saying the changes had made the weapon virtually to dangerous to sell. Lastly even though weapons manufactures have been sort of outlawed in Mexico since 1970 or so, they still make a small sub machine pistol that has even made its way into the US, found in the hands of LA Gangs, and a few have showed up in New York, as well as Chicago. Now part of the myth is that between 70 and 90% of the weapons recovered from the Cartels, that can be traced, are traced to US Purchases. The key word there is traced, most of the weapons can not be traced, since they come from illegal manufacture in Mexico, or from Central or South America, or even from the Government stockpiles, so yes the numbers given to the US to trace, do 70% of the time shown to be from the US. Most feel the number is more like 5% to a possible high of 20% in some years.
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The Crazy Narco Instagram Photos Of Mexico’s Drug Cartels

There are a lot of myths advanced here, but think of these as the ISIS recruiting magazine for the Cartels. Think of young men in Mexico with out jobs, most little schooling and not a lot of options. Then they see the Cartels running around in high priced cars, good looking women, and flashing lots of cash. This is just as powerful propaganda message as anything ISIS puts out. We need to recognize if for what it is. The kids on the border towns of Mexico also see this flaunting of wealth every day, and it effects their decisions as well. The same is true of the gangs in Chicago and New York, even LA. If you have few options, and most of them require a lot of work, then the quick money of the Cartels sound pretty good. Now how are we going to counteract this propaganda, we need to come up with some ideas, that hopefully will lead to solutions.
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Muslim extremist hackers release 'kill list' of 8,000 Americans; Ask ISIS lone wolves to carry...

Although no one on the one of three or five list's has been killed or even attacked at this point, you can imagine that lonely person sitting in his basement looking at his computer screen, thinking. Could this be my chance to strike a blow for the cause. If you read the propaganda but out by the Islamic Radical Extremists, they do not have big lists, but they point out the type of people to target, so they urge the loneliest sitting in his basement to rise up and strike. In a four page special bulletin put out after the Orlando attack, they praise the body count and the length of time the shooter was able to hold off Police and gain more press attention. Then the bulletin gives advise on targeting more whites so as to not confuse the goal of the attacker's. It references the latest Inspire Magazine, which by the way Assassination, and goes on to explain how to target, plan, ,and carry out the assassination. A must read for anyone in the Protection Business. If you may end up a target, you may want to read it as well, just to have an idea of what the bad guys are planning.
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ISIS Hackers Release Kill List of 4,000 | Clarion Project

Not many think that this is a really credible threat, and over 8 thousand names have been released in the past few months. But if a closeted want to be, kid / soon to be terrorist, needs a goal, then if a person on this list lives or works nearby, this could easily be the factor that moves the person to act. Please be careful if you turn up on this list
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mail.officer.com

There's a big push to buy officer approved or supported knives. Please be aware that there are a lot of State Laws on type, length, and other issues like open or hidden carry. In many States there's a lot more laws on the books on knives than firearms. In many countries around the world knives are also addressed more than firearms. England has huge numbers of people arrested for weapons violations, most are knives. Check before you carry or even buy.
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‘IRS agents’ involved in menacing but lucrative scam

These Scams as well as other IRS scams are exploding across the Nation. One key point to all of them is the demand that that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; Read more at http://ift.tt/291Ht2j
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

3 Hours In Orlando: Piecing Together An Attack And Its Aftermath

TrentonScottH : Anatomy of the #OrlandoShooting https://t.co/NhjAXCdUgW
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Al Qaeda Special Report: “Inspire Guide: Orlando Operation,” Urges Muslims to Attack US | Pamela Gel

Just so they do not confuse their followers Al Qaeda has issued a 4 page supplement to their normal Inspire Magazine. It talks about all the good things about the attack, the number of deaths, the length of time it took to stop the attack. It also issued some guidance on future attacks, try and kill more Whites, so the message is not confused about what Jihad is all about. The Inspire Magazine number 15 is on assassinations, so this Special Report refers back to it for further guidance to kill people.
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FBI — Investigative Update Regarding Pulse Nightclub Shooting

There is still much to be revealed in the Orlando Terrorist Shooting, but the FBI Website provides us with the most factual information released to date. But even then there is a lot more to know, for trainers of Security and Law Enforcement. For instance the Shooter was trained with a handgun which type is not know for sure yet, but there are no reports of training at all with long guns, and he apparently only bought the weapon used that week of the shooting. There is a call to install Metal Detectors at the entrance to all night clubs, yet from what has been released the shooter exited the van with weapons at the ready, and was almost immediately confronted by the Security (Off Duty Police Officer). The Shooter was able to make it into the Night Club for a short time and the additional Police Officers showed up to confront and where able to drive the Shooter back into a restroom. The situation was then deemed a Hostage Situation, this time frame is still be determined, but could have been as short as 8 min, or as long as 35 min. The rifle used is based on a short rifle or carbine type size, with an over all length of between 28 to 36 inches in length, with a barrel length of between 9 to 16 inches. The standard magazine holds 30 rounds. The rifle is over one thousand dollars in a basic configuration and the magazines are about 50 dollars a piece from the manufacturer. Sales of the Weapon show it does normally cost around one thousand two hundred dollars, and the magazines can be as low as twenty dollars a piece. It is interesting that the caliber of the weapon has not been stated by law enforcement yet, the 223 round is the most talked about, but this weapon comes in a number of different calibers to include 9 mm to 5.56 like a round often found in an Ak-47. Since it has been associated with an AR15 it has been assumed that the caliber was a 223 type round. It has a nominal rate of fire in the semi automatic version of 45 rounds in one min. So with a high powered ..223 round in a 16 inch barrel, it would most likely continue through a person and possibly hit or bounce off something like the floor and wound or kill another person. The weapon jammed at least once, but was apparently cleared by the shooter fairly quickly, which can be tricky when involved in a fire fight, it can be tricky when it happens at a gun range. Pointing to more knowledge of the weapon that one would expect in a few days from buying it, or a lot of just dumb luck. More Questions? No real comments have been made on the victims wounded and dieing in the Club. But it would appear that the weapons fire and possible explosives he was said to have had, kept the Police and EMT at bay. LA California, has one of the best First Responder Programs in the US, with EMT teams ready to go in to some fairly dangerous situations to help the wounded and get them to aid. It is not apparent if Orlando has worked on this type of EMT program or not, many larger US Cities, and quite a few smaller Cities have at least basic programs started. It is hard to tell if more lives could have been saved or not with this type of first responder program in place. The threat of explosives can change protocols for responders drastically. G4s is a very large security firm and as we have seen in the Homeland Security Agent charged with a plot to assassinate higher up Homeland Security Officials, with large numbers it is quite possible for bad guys to slip through the cracks. Still more questions need to be asked about this issue as well. The FBI is still conducting reviews into the actions it took with the information provided by associates of the shooter, and from others in his mosque and the gun shops involved. I would keep an eye on the effect his high profile father had on any actions taken. As stated, their are a lot of questions still unanswered, so updates will be coming.
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Calais mayor sparks furious row after demanding that squalid migrant camp be moved to Britain – The

Here is the first shot across the bow as the French want to dump a number of refugee camps on England, which will only add to the Chaos.
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END OF THE EU? Germany warns FIVE more countries could leave Europe after Brexit | World | News | Da

This has been coming for a while, and England was the one everyone else was looking at. England never seemed to be totally on board with the EU, and many of it's citizens did not feel part of the Group. Then when England looked at the direction it was going they started to feel like the third wheel. There are some real problems to overcome, but not insurmountable. For us in Security, the chaos will provide big holes in England's security that all types of criminals can and most likely will exploit. When in Chaos most decisions will be made to resolve the issue quickly, so they can move on. This is what the bad guys are looking for. The other countries will also have chaos problems, but the ones that are actively looking at what they could gain from breaking away, are going to have to look at these with in the expanding Chaos. Look for bad guys getting ID's that are not fully checked out. Many EU ID holders traveled and are staying in England at the moment, one of the big decisions that England will need to make is what status are these non England but are EU ID holders. Look for bad decisions to be made on both sides of the situation. The question of What Ireland and Scotland will do will only add to this Chaos. Bottom line we in the US have to look at all EU and England travelers with a harder look for the next year or so and watch out for overstays hiding out in the US.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

'Orlando Will Be Repeated,' and 'No Place Is Safe,' Former ISIS Captive Warns Congress | Henry Morge

We need to listen to people like this. ISIS is not going away on it's own,it will just keep evolving to survive. Our Political Elite,who mouth ideas and solutions on both sides need to listen to people that deal with these terrorists in the real world. it is not going away,but we do need to kill off ISIS and any other Islamic Radical Jihadist's that want to take over by violence. It will keep popping up at times as will other terrorist organizations our precious with other reasons to cause violence. Terrorist bad guys will be with us always, but we need to stop them when they are small. Every time we try to ignore them,they just grow to the point we have to expend valuable resources of men and money, to dig them out. The drug Cartels are the same, we ignored them till they got to big,now it will take a lot to dig them out.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

What’s Your ‘Insider Threat Score?’ It Could Determine If You Keep Your Clearance

The future? We all face insider threat issues, but will this be the solution? CTI teaches insider threat classes, based on threat recognition of things out of the normal. The best people to know what is normal for your environment and the people in it are fellow employees. Not databases or screening tests by computer applications. As the article states, polygraph tests have the highest rate of determining possible insider threats. But this brings in two issues, can we polygraph enough people enough times to make sure, and the people that can beat the machine go up as well. But we do need better solutions, and perhaps a mixture of training and polygraph's, ,is one of them.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DHS agent may have planned high-level assassinations

It can happen at all levels, and in any organization. Yet we think we can vet refugees, that have no documented backgrounds to check.
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Cindy

This is a very good way to help our veterans as well as open up a new line of income. I think everyone should take a look at it. Contact Ms. Sommer for more information.
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6 Emerging Risks for Design Professionals - Risk & Insurance

Here are 6 risks any security professional has to face every day, well developed a must read for all of us. Please consider the point on hiring sub contractors that can not get the job done.
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Out of Control in the Driver's Seat - Risk & Insurance

You have heard the stories of hacking into newer vehicle's here is a very good look at the problem, with scenarios of real world risks that could effect any of us or our clients in the security and protection field. Just the scenarios are worth the read. Another threat is older vehicles that we are putting new technology in, a number of insurance companies are offering plug ins to existing vehicle's that both track and offer some control of the vehicle. Parents are also being offered ways to monitor vehicle, if a bad guy buys one of these devices and can get it into your clients rental vehicle they can track your movements remotely. Know the risk.
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Overseas Employees at Risk - Risk & Insurance

Helping clients balance risk is critical, helicopter evacuation for medical treatment can be over 100 thousand dollars, just simple medical treatment can be complex.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

‘Islamic refugee’ caught in U.S. with gas-pipeline plans

It is interesting that a high ranking Mexican official is publicly asking why the Obama administration has not dealt with this ongoing problem as of yet.
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Call for More Rio Security After Paralympic Athletes Robbed - ABC News

The choice of Rio was not wise, hospitals that are supposed to be used by athlete's are being held at times by local drug cartels. 7:30 AM in the morning with people around athlete's are robbed. This has happen many times with the games 2 months off, not good. The worst parts of the City are off limits to the Teams, but the bad guys often come out to the streets to do their business. It is reported that many of the low level workers to include security guards have been recruited from the bad parts of the City, and are basically criminal gang members with access to the games for free.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Safeguard Your Business From Cyberattacks

TrentonScottH : RT @MSFT_Business: Cyberattacks affect nearly 75% of #SMBs. @Rieva Lesonsky has tips to safeguard your business https://t.co/UExDMqbJNC https://t.co/5Df2J9Izsy
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

911 Systems Fail After Ransomware Attack

This is when hackers turn criminal and quite possibly murders. This needs to get out to everyone, before it hits a 911 system near you or your loved ones. The FBI Needs to make capture and prosecution a priority. The continued Hospital attacks are also a priority threat. We really need some high profile arrests to deter other hackers. It would also help to identify some of the countries causing the problem to shame them into providing more help in finding them.
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Watchdog: Countries in visa-free travel program not sharing terror info | Fox News

Yet we are still allowing travelers to come through. Agreements are made yet we have no teeth in our side of the agreement. If they can walk all over the USA, then they will. Our security suffers from this.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wal-Mart on police call volume: 'We know we can do better'

This is going to happen a lot more in the coming years. As police are dealing with other calls for service with less resources, simple theft or shoplifting crimes are overwhelming the resources. Many stores are not prosecuting shoplifting, and try to prevent it by putting staff near suspected shoplifters. If a shoplifter can get out or even heading for the exits, they are normally allowed to leave. This policy from major outlet stores have more do with liability issues than police calls for service.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump

Now think if they targeted your firm or home network.
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Slipped through the cracks: Orlando killer worked for DHS, State contractor | Fox News

His employer G4S is one of the better companies out there, and if he slipped through the background checks and probably a paper psychological test, and only had to deal with the background test twice in 9 years of working for the firm, so think of what other security firms are doing. There are more security guards, not all with weapons, than Police in the world. That this one slipped through is not all that hard to believe. but one would have to look to the fathers contacts for part of the problem with the FBI, letting him slide and still being employed. We also need to understand the labor laws both Federal and State, that do not allow for negative actions to be taken with employees with out large possible legal actions, that can cost a company millions of dollars. With some of the new labor laws and regulations on the books, it can be hard if not impossible to turn away criminals just out of prisons and jails. Some companies target the prisons and jails to get new employees, because most will work cheap, so the next thing you find, they are painting the walls of your home, or delivering items to your door. The only thing the consumer can do is keep any eye on anyone new coming to their homes or businesses.
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Drug That Killed Prince Is Making Mexican Cartels Richer, U.S. Says

It is imperative that we all become aware of this growing threat, The Cartels in Mexico have figured out the profit potential, roughly 8 times that of heroin. The deaths related are also quite high.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Counter Jihad

This is a must read article, not only is our US Government paying the Orlando Shooters company 2.3 billion dollars, part of is to protect our country from Jihadist Militants, to protect 90% of our Nuclear facilities through out the US. Many of our Court Houses, and yes to support the Border Patrol, are also protected by what is considered by many to be the best Security Guard Company in the US. If you read the artical you will also see another analyst from another large security company getting over 2.5 billion dollars from DHS, was found out to be a member of an Jihadist Militant group, he in the end was killed in a drone strike in Yemen. We really need people to take a better look at those around us, and report suspect activity.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sessions: ‘More of These Attacks Are Coming’ - Breitbart

We are still getting information in, but some of the rush to judgement has started. When you hear, that every club needs to have metal detectors at the entrances, lets deal with this one first. This shooter drove up to the front of the club, got out shooting from what we hear, carrying a long gun. Metal detectors are there to stop people trying to sneak weapons into places, not stop a weapon carrying individual from shooting his way in. There is a another push for armed security at the doors, better than a metal detector, but just a heads up, if he had his weapon up and firing, it is very difficult for a Security person to draw and fire before being targeted by the gunman. He has a chance but I would not bet the farm on it. Teaching bouncers, security, waiters, bartenders, basically everyone on staff how to help people evacuate will get you more bang for the buck. One Security guy properly trained just wandering around the entrances to the club mixing in the the club patrons, is probably a better use than a armed guard at the door. What the armed guy at the door can do for you is deterrence, if there are two establishments near each other with the same risk level, the bad guy(s) may pick the one with out a guard. Lets see what the rest of the government investigation shows.
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Insider Threats are always a problem, but insider threats from your Security Personal, that are supposed to be the watch dog at the door, are even more of a problem. A lot of firms are going to have to reevaluate their security guard contracts in reaction to the Fla, shootings.
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G4S, the leading U.S. security company

Insider Threats are always a problem, but more so when it is an Armed Security Guard protecting you and your company. We really need understand the risk of having a person with the mental mindset this Security Guard had working at you facility. This company has not said what job this Omar Mateen ,now terrorist shooter of the largest mass shooting in the US, had, but G4S has contracts with the border patrol, airports, banks, court houses, federal and state buildings. They are one of the best Security Companies out there, what kind of back ground checks have been done on the Security Personal at your facility.
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Security Personnel | G4S

G4S is one of the leading security firms in the US, and has reviled that Omar Mateen, has worked for them since 2007, and has a class G armed security guard licence. G4S has security guard contracts at Federal Buildings, Airports, State and Local Court Houses. In many cases Security Guards are only cleared when hired, which means this security guard may have only had a back ground check 9 years ago. It could be that he has had newer checks, but a lot of the investigation will be did any of his fellow officers notice something different about his behavior in the last year, months, days. It vewill be also be interesting to see if someone had reported something. Every Security Company out there needs to evaluate their employees as quickly as possible. It will also be interesting to see the the hand gun he had was from his Company. Lots to be learned here.
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Shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS before Florida massacre | New York Post

Still more information coming in, but it is being reported that the shooter is a licenced armed security guard in Florida, what level and certifications is not know at this time. It is imperative that we in security and law enforcement keep an eye on each other. If we notice something not right, like a change of behavior we, one keep an eye of the person, and report them if you feel they maybe a threat. Not reporting has been a problem for both Law Enforcement and Security, that we do not want to report on our fellow officers and agents. This has to stop, if there is no problem the person can explain what the issues are, if not we need to get them away from weapons, till we are comfortable with this person again. We keep telling citizens to report things we need to as well. If we are trained to use a weapon, we can be more dangerous than the normal citizens, and we need to make sure we do not let a fellow professional cause a problem for themselves or others.
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50 dead in Orlando nightclub terrorism attack, state of emergency declared - Orlando Sentinel

Information is still coming in, but looking at Google Earth, it would appear that the exits required for over 200 people may not have been up to code. As always when you arrive at a location like this you need to find the exits. Try to never get trapped in areas that do not have exits, other than the main entrance. There is still some confusion over the motivation of the attacks, the Shooter is rumored to have shouted out Militant Islamic Extremists comments, but is also rumored to be anti gay, which actually is part of the Militant Islamic Extremists agenda as well. Even moderate Islam has condemned any homosexual activities, and in most Islamic run countries any homosexual activities are outlawed. Which is one of the reasons to fight Sharia Law practices some American Cities are trying to accommodate. Lastly all night clubs need to conduct a risk evaluation based on last nights events, and Gay night clubs need to take that factor into the risk evaluation. This club had an armed police office near the entrance, who was targeted as soon as he engaged and forced back, with it is believed injuries from a gun fight. Armed Security even Police Officers are considered to be a high level of security, but a single officer with any type of weapon is at a decided disadvantage if the gunman comes in with the weapon already drawn and is shooting. Even shooting at an active shooter can be dangerous if innocent bystanders are around them. The Security or Police officer has to make and on the second analysis of, is the risk of hitting innocent by standers, greater than letting the shooter continue.
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Mass Shooting At Orlando Gay Nightclub: What We Know

TrentonScottH : RT @NPR: 50 people are dead in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Here's what we know: https://t.co/V8TygobC0j
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Hackers broke into DeRay Mckesson’s phone by stealing his phone number

TrentonScottH : If the hackers really want your Twitter account, they're likely to get it. #cybersecurity https://t.co/QTAA639Eh7
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cardiac devices, pubic health | Homeland Security News Wire

Expect lawsuits to follow, but this is a real danger that you should warn clients about.
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ISIS, chemical weapons, Syria | Homeland Security News Wire

They are and have been using to Chemical Weapons on their prisoners, it is rumored the ISIS folks working this program are from the former Iraq Army that ran the same program, for Saddam.
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How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last | Ars Technica

And Now a word or two from our Sponsors? The US figured out a while back that we needed to be on the leading edge of hacking, or as some say it is the natural extension of breaking encryption to be able to hack computer systems, and who is the worlds best, our NSA of course. The NSA has not been playing as much catch up as most in the world has thought, but has been right there on the front lines, protecting American Interests as always. It is too bad so much has come out, but Snowden is not the only problem, just good old computer security has found most of it out. Which is some ways is not a bad thing, if you are looking for attacks on a system, you are going to find the good with the bad, and in the digital langue they both look pretty much the same, and actually use the same vectors of attack at times. Security can not often distinguish the perpetrator of the attack, until they are well into an investigation. By then it is often to late, and not even a good idea to abort the investigation.
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Warning! 32 Million Twitter Passwords May Have Been Hacked and Leaked

This is a real threat, please take appropriate action.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hunt for terror suspect stymied by DHS confusion

This could have led to tragic consequences, another reason to test your responses before an incident happens. Little things like does your local law enforcement have access to a bomb dog, or even a bomb disposal team. How long will it take them to respond, and what do you expect them to do. Even large cities usually do not have enough personnel to search a medium sized building, in small cities often there are not enough police to search, even if they had been trained to search for suspect devices safely. Then you get into these turf wars, delaying things even further. Now is the time to work these problems out, not when an event is happening. I will say most smaller cities tend to work together better than the Federal folks. More and more businesses are looking to contact teams to work with them on bomb searches, so they can get back to business faster. Having a team of even basically trained guards to handle searches, can get a business or even government facility back in operation with in hours instead of days.
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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and West Virginia | FEMA.gov

Testing your security and response capability is key to having a successful program. From your home to your office, this is also true. From doing a test of your fire and security alarms, to making sure that your door and window locks are in working condition, so you can both lock people out, and also use them to escape if necessary. CTI, has helped home owners, to counties, cities, and Fortune 500 companies, test and evaluate their life safety systems. Let us help you, 100 dollar security systems to multi million dollar systems, can be useless if not working properly. Your life safety systems installers and maintenance companies are invested in selling you more systems, not testing your installed systems, a third party is needed to insure the proper function of all aspects of your life safety systems and program.
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The disruption of an election, any election, can be helped by devices like these


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Offensive Cyberspace Operations, the NDAA, and the Title 10-Title 50 Debate

Add title 22, and you have National Security as few Americans are aware of. Here is a bit of bad news, these companies that make a lot of this equipment for the USA, can also with approval sell to other countries. With out approval equipment gets lost, stolen, left behind, so more countries have access to it. If you are into this type of spy type work, you may notice that some of the firms that make this type of equipment, have gone out of business, or have sold off this part of the business. Add to this the Chinese have developed both their own versions, and copied our equipment to accomplish this type of title 10, 22, and 50 work. Which among other things allow the users to hit thousands of cellphones at a time. Do not worry so much about uncle Sam, worry about others that have access. When Libya fell. The first Press on the scene, found huge amounts of this sophisticated equipment. Uncle Sam has rules, the rest really don't, so worry more about them.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Police: 2 victims in UCLA campus shooting

Nothing confirmed yet , but rumored 2 victims, some reporting they are dead. Started around Engineering Building 4 and parking garage 9, White Male reported 20 years of age, wearing black pants, and either a black jacket, or black shirt. KFVS News @kfvsnews Police: 2 victims in UCLA campus shooting http://bit.ly/1O5JoU5
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