In 2017, the financial impact of cyberattacks reached $5 billion and the monthly attack rate was 10-times the rate of attacks in 2016. The industrial and personal reliance on the U.S. power grid makes the impact of a successful attack troubling.
“The country’s come quite a long way. Fans now expect security, and it made me feel good that I could take my wife and daughter to a baseball game, spend a couple hundred dollars, and feel safe about it,” says Adam Stockwell, Vice President of Security for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) announced that Tom M. Conley, President and CEO of The Conley Group Inc., has been appointed to serve on the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board's Strategic Counter Terrorism Council.
In the United States, as well as internationally, vehicle ramming attacks continue to rise. As of early October 2017, there had been a minimum of seven major attacks worldwide resulting in 24 people dead and another 153 injured. As a result of this recent trend, there is an increased interest in perimeter security for different applications beyond traditional government and military operations.
In November 2017, Raymond Kelly addressed security industry professionals and enterprise security leaders at the ISC East tradeshow in New York City. He discussed public-private partnerships, community involvement, the changing nature of terrorism, and the need for business continuity and preparedness training with the audience and, later, in an interview with Security magazine.
Joshua Dean, Director of Security for San Antonio Water System (SAWS), is in charge of keeping assets safe and secure, so that the 1.8 million people in the region don’t have an interruption to their water and sewer services.
“Water is the most precious resource in the world. You can live without food for a while, you can live without electricity, you can live without transportation, you can live without internet (despite what my kids say), but you cannot live without clean water. And that’s what makes my position so challenging,” says Scott Starkey, Security Manager for Birmingham Water Works.
Following the Las Vegas shooting – the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history – new concerns emerge regarding the security programs required to protect fans, performers, and staff at open-air sports and entertainment venues.
We are entering a period of time when we are going to see an uptick in the number of security threats, both physical and in cyberspace. There is an increasing global unrest. Over the past few months what we’ve seen electorally, in the U.S., but also in Europe and in other parts of the world, has been a manifestation of that.