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Aug 02

(CNN) - A State Department travel alert Friday said al-Qaida may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, as the United States is closing 21 embassies and consulates Sunday as a precaution.

The alert says al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. The alert also warns that "terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests."

A U.S. official told CNN the embassy closures were because of "more than the usual chatter" about a potential terrorist threat, which was not specific about time and location. It was "directed at American targets overseas," but may not be confined to main diplomatic facilities, the official said. 

Jul 23

 

Do you have an eye for security? Here's your chance to prove it. Try to find all five security threats in the image below in less than 20 seconds.

If a security team has not yet integrated behavioral analytics into their surveillance camera system, which can spot and prevent threats before they can become crimes, then they must rely on human eyes to watch and catch everything.

Now you get to test yourself and see how well you'd do watching one camera.

 

Declassified Business Security File #3

// posted on Thursday, July 04, 2013

Jul 04

While criminals are always on the lookout for when a business seems most susceptible to a break-in, there are specific times when they do the most damage.


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Declassified Business Security File #2

// posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jun 11

When it comes to preventing and solving crimes, surveillance video is only as good as the person looking at it. But what if the cameras could learn to spot suspicious behavior before a crime is committed?

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May 23

Recently, Time Magazine published an article titled Homeland Insecurity: After Boston, The Struggle Between Liberty and Security. The piece questions at what point does the increased threat of terrorism encroach on our right to privacy. Well, as the world becomes more populated and potential threats rise, this very hot topic will continue to grow.

In short, the TIME article states, “With al-Qaeda weakened abroad but self-taught, wi-fi-empowered jihadis increasingly a threat at home, balancing freedom and security is an old problem we’ll have to get used to once again."

Security is a way of life in today’s world, and yet, all Americans deserve the right to their individual freedom. So, how can we strike a balance?

The article points to video surveillance and its intrusion on all individuals regardless of the possibility of security threats. While I believe that all individuals deserve their right to freedom, I equally believe that we deserve to be protected, or as protected as can be, from senseless and arbitrary violence.

The article goes on to say, “The failure to detect the brothers’ [Tsarnaev] plot seemed to some like a replay of 9/11, when communication failures between U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement services blew a chance to stop the attacks.”

In today’s world, video exists, whether we like it or not. Whether it is from stationary cameras posted on stoplights and street corners, or cameras in retails stores or offices, or on phones and handheld devices, it is everywhere. It is used most often as a forensic tool – evaluating situations after a breach occurs, such as breaking and entering, holdups, or even more violent acts of crime.

Although a camera captures images of all those in its field of view – perpetrator and victim alike – it is really only those who have had a hand in illegal acts that have cause for concern. According to Time’s article, authorities have identified a total of 21 homegrown jihadist-inspired terrorist plots and two attacks in the eight years after 9/11, and U.S. law enforcement made 42 arrests from May 2009 to December 2012. So whether it is acknowledged or not, the threat is real and it is here.

Now, take the fact that the average attention span of a security guard viewing CCTV feeds peaks at only 20 minutes. Given fatigue and other human factors, such as the blinking of an eye or some type of distraction, a high probability exists that some behavior will be missed. Fortunately, there are new tools, such as behavioral analytics, that assist human eyes by taking these video feeds and highlighting the potential threats while ignoring normal or ongoing behavior. This allows security personnel to anticipate possible threats and act accordingly. 



Not all potential threats can be acted upon and stopped before they occur, sometimes, because there is not enough warning. But the solutions such as behavioral analytics bypass the burden of needing human eyes staring at hundreds and hundreds of minutes of video footage 24x7, enabling primarily potential threats to be highlighted. At that point, experienced security personnel can decide if the threat is real and if it warrants further investigation.

By reducing the requirement to view all footage all the time, it does not offer greater liberty, but does put the emphasis squarely on prevention of threats rather than reacting to them after the fact.

We at Crescent Guardian believe it is every citizen’s right to civil liberties, but we also believe it is every citizen’s right to expect safety and security measures to protect us from harm. Continued vigilance by our citizens is the best way to reduce threats, but a helping hand from technology can go a long way to helping in the fight against crime and terrorism.

Fo more information on "smart" cameras and behavioral analytics, email rcavanagh@cgiprotects.com or call 504-483-7811.

Read the entire Time Magazine article here - http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/01/homeland-insecurity-after-boston-the-struggle-between-liberty-and-security/

U.S. Ports Activity & Security - An Infographic

// posted on Friday, March 08, 2013

Mar 08




U.S. ports are tempting targets criminals looking to smuggle or steal goods and for terrorists bent on killing large numbers of people, grabbing media attention, and disrupting the U.S. economy.

Port, ferry, and cruise-ship terminals are often located in highly congested areas where large numbers of people live and work. Given the importance of foreign trade to the U.S. economy, an attack that shuts down a major American port for even a few days could devastate the regional economy served by that port.

With billions in goods and hundreds of thousands of people moving in and out of U.S. waterways every day, the incredible pressure on security personnel to constantly safeguard vessels, harbors, ports, waterfront facilities, and cargo from threats can seem overwhelming. But through some ground-breaking technology such as smart cameras with behavioral analytics, ports across the country are discovering there is an easier, more effective and cost-efficient way to protect themselves and the nation.

Review the infographic below and then email us at info@cgiprotects.com or call 504-483-7811 to find how this new technology can help put your port's security among the most advanced in the nation. (You can download a high resolution PDF of the graphic by clicking here.)






Let us help keep your port from becoming a victim to crime. Email or call us at 504-483-7811.



Hold The Line: The Importance of Security Guards

// posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dec 13


For most security companies, the focus is often on the newest technologies to prevent crime-Night-vision cameras, RFID tracking, thermo-sensors, vehicle permission switches and behavioral analytics software have revolutionized the security industry and are often the hot topics that lead conversations and presentations.

While these technologies are incredibly important and prove their value across the world on a daily basis, it is often the traditional security guard and his or her training that remain the first, last or only line of defense for many organizations across the country, and we don't want to overlook this.

Technology certainly makes enacting security easier and often much more efficient, but at the same time, it takes a human with know-how for any system to be used as effectively as it can be. Security guards, whether integrated with technology or used singularly, are the backbone of keeping ones business, assets and employees safe and secure.

Occasionally, we like to celebrate the successes of these individuals and the revenue that they save their respective organizations through prevention rather than remediation after a crime occurs. One such instance recently occurred a few months ago at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania when a security guard caught two young men in the process using an unlocked window to steal three school computers valued at $1,700 each. The guard, without hesitation, contacted the police with 'flash information,' which was used by a police officer to identify and arrest the one thief who was not apprehended on site. Although one computer did sustain some damage, the other two computers and all other property remained safe.

This instance teaches several lessons worthy of notice. First, the value of a trained guard. Second, the importance of security-police communication. Security systems by themselves often rely on police answering any set-off alarms, which can sometimes take 5-10 minutes... plenty of time for a criminal to get in and out without getting caught.

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And this saying is almost never more true than when it comes to preventing crime. The difference between the $5,100 of stolen property plus stolen student/teacher/grade data is staggeringly higher than the cost of a guard or security system. That is why I am a huge proponent of prevention over remediation. It saves money, headache and, often, you assets.

So, bring in the guards to get the most from your security system. And of course, periodically check your window locks.


Read more about the incident and the successful prevention here: http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2012/12/02/news_of_delaware_county/news/doc50ba7f9ad0e98946482960.txt




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