Articles by Dean Alexander

Terrorists: Why do they do what they do?

Discussing the Boston Marathon bombers, Vice President Joe Biden aptly asked, “Why do they do what they do?”


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All in the Family: Boston Marathon Terrorists

The Boston Marathon terror suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, are another example of the phenomenon of family-affiliated extremist and terrorist activities globally.


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Political Violence at Sporting Events is Nothing New

Last month I gave a presentation on security threats at sports events and their implications at Baskent University. Istanbul is one of three finalists for hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020.


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New Steps in Combating Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations

The U.S. government continues to face a momentous, transnational threat: Mexican drug trafficking organizations (MDTOs). Mexico’s capacity to combat MDTOs, coupled with the U.S. adeptness to assist in that vein, will have significant implications for both countries and beyond and security overall.
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Terror Financing and Factors Facilitating Its Growth

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the pervasiveness of terrorism globally, including the United States, continues to threaten government, industry, and society worldwide. Often overlooked is the non-ideological fuel feeding this threat; namely, terror financing. Unlike terror incidents, the characteristics of terror financing are often silent or subdued. Purposefully, terror financiers do not try to attract attention to their activities.
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Contemporary and Future Terror Arson Threats

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism’s database reports nearly 700 terror-related incidents from 2000 through August 2007. Are the recent fires in Southern California a wakeup call
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Terrorism and Extortion

Terror groups now use extortion to grab money from transnational companies. It’s a very slippery slope and enterprises and their chief security officers can – at least – anticipate problems
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Sharing Yields Results

A recent terror hoax alleging an al Qaeda plot to explode dirty bombs at seven National Football League (NFL) stadiums shed light on public-private information sharing systems developing in
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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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2014 December

This issue of Security Magazine covers our 12th annual Top Guarding Firms list. Check out the best of the best as of December 2014. The 21st century has brought with it new types of security threats. Read how to combat and protect against these threats.

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