Picture this – in 20 minutes, one enterprising hacker at the 2012 Defcon conference in Las Vegas learned one Wal-Mart store’s physical logistics – from the janitorial contractor to where employees go to lunch – key details about the make and version numbers of the Wal-Mart manager’s PC, browser and anti-virus software, and got the manager to upload the address of an external website into his browser – no questions asked.
In the past year, highly publicized mass shootings — especially the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December — have made the call for armed security officers commonplace. To many, it seems logical to fight fire with fire; that is, using armed officers to combat armed criminals and prevent tragedies from occurring.
Christopher Dorner allegedly killed three people last week after being, in his opinion, wrongfully fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, sparking a statewide manhunt for the 6-foot, 270-pound former officer.
In a fiercely competitive international business landscape, corporations race to increase profits by taking advantage of lower labor, manufacturing and distribution costs that only emerging markets can offer.
The role and value of private security officers has always been clear to those in the security business. But “guard jokes,” from cartoons to movies are taking a back seat to reality as Newtown and other (now routine) mass shootings awakened the general public’s consciousness to the value and need for trained, professional security officers.
Conducting investigations within a security organization is very different than an episode of Miami Vice– from the timeframe to the interviews to, probably, the color of the investigator’s blazer. The process isn’t as thrilling as TV makes it out to be, but, as ACFE President and CEO James Ratley knows, that perception can work in your favor
Businesses today face an ever growing array of threats to the security of their critical data and IT assets. From sophisticated cyber attacks to unintentional data exposure to environmental threats, the list of potential causes of harm is endless.
Schools, businesses and enterprises across the world have experienced a paradigm shift since the terrorist attacks on Paris and Belgium. As active shooters and terrorists get more creative in choosing and evaluating softer targets, security leaders are striving to keep their enterprises safe and alert without damaging the culture.