Summer Journal

Volume 29, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Con Men, Criminals, and Compliance

What does it take (or not take) to be a con artist and/or a white collar criminal? Do not kid yourself — white collar criminals can be “dangerous,” in that they usually suffer from significant personality disorders. Many are narcissists and sociopaths and are constantly engaging in manipulation, financial schemes, and inflicting harm to victims.

We all the know the legendary white collar scandals – Lay and Skilling at Enron; Bernie Ebbers at WorldCom; Jack Abramoff; Bernie Madoff. The list goes on and on with infamous criminals.

The term “Con Man” has been coined through the years to describe individuals who can convince an innocent person to invest in fraudulent schemes or manipulate people to trust the con artist.

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http://blog.volkovlaw.com/2016/06/con-men-criminals-compliance/

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

How Secure is your Facility?

On a walk with my toddler grandson the other day we waved to everyone (and every animal, including the birds) we came across. Like many young children, he is oblivious to the dangers of taking a walk around the neighborhood. He will take off across the street, run up to any dog or person, run out in the street when he sees a vehicle. I feel bad pulling him back, making sure all is safe as he looks up at me questioning, “Why are you taking this joy away?” As the adult, wanting to keep him safe, it is necessary for me to restrict some of his actions to ensure he stays safe. Now, I do let him fall, play in the dirt, walk through the water and plants. What is life without some dirt and scars? But it is my job to make sure he is not seriously harmed (along with making sure he has ice cream for breakfast).

For most of us, we go about our lives like my grandson, not worrying about our safety (other than the normal precautions we take each day, like looking both ways when crossing the street and making sure we don’t run into the person texting while walking). What a blessing that is. So how does this relate to the title of this blog?

Most of us recognize the various security precautions or technologies present at our place of business, such as badges to gain access to the building, access restricted by need to some areas, parking barriers, security guards at entrances, sign in sheets, etc.

In a recent blog we discussed weapons and facilities. That includes some items that are pertinent to consider here.

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http://www.mha-it.com/2016/06/how-secure-is-your-facility/

Few areas within a business have benefited from the Internet of Things (IoT) as much as the supply chain. The advent of tracking and tracing technology through the supply chain gave products a voice for the first time, explains Michael Lucas, chairman of i3 Brands, and this technology advancement provided a revolutionary level of transparency that hugely benefited industries and manufacturers, and ultimately consumers.

“The onset of IoT has simply enabled another improved mechanism for collecting all the micro-pieces of data that occur along the product journey,” Lucas continues. “Beyond simply speaking in ‘one word answers,’ IoT-enabled products are able to speak in full sentences, which allows for continuous diagnostic reporting. This creates unprecedented levels of visibility, allowing manufacturers to become proactive in their approach to the supply chain.”

With this increased visibility to receive, analyze and respond to real-time data, supply chain managers are able to optimize their inventory stock and to reduce their costs. However, the devices and technologies, many of them mobile, that make the supply chain more efficient come with security risks if they aren’t properly secured with enterprise-grade hardware and software.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/articles/supply-chain-security-must-mimic-enterprise-security.html

We are excited to announce that Everbridge was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group. The awards program honors the best employers in Los Angeles, benefiting the county’s economy, workforce and businesses. This most recent accolade is just another shining example of the pride and satisfaction employees feel is encapsulated in the Everbridge culture, making it both an exciting and rewarding place to work.

The companies included on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 Best Places to Work list are primarily determined by employee surveys that measure the employee experience. Workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics are also taken into consideration during the selection process.

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http://www.everbridge.com/everbridge-named-2016-best-place-to-work-by-los-angeles-business-journal/

Raging across the country, threatening businesses and residences alike, wildfires are a reality, burning a reported 1.9 million acres in the U.S. so far this year. West of Santa Barbara, firefighters have battled an intense fire for almost a week. Wildfires are also burning in Arizona and New Mexico. In Canada, the Fort McMurray blaze burned for weeks and scorched some 2,400 square miles of land—more than 1.4 million acres. In five of the past 10 years, in fact, wildfires have ranked among the top 20 worldwide loss events.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/wildfires-a-reminder-to-update-disaster-preparedness-plans/

CHICAGO – With a threatening Wednesday forecast for most of the Great Lakes Region that includes severe storms, heavy rains, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V encourages everyone to get prepared.

“Summer has begun, and with it, the heightened risk of severe storms,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Now is the time to make sure your family knows what to do to stay safe, and verify your mobile phone is enabled to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts to warn you of extreme weather and other emergencies in your area.”

Individuals should follow the instructions of state and local officials and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information related to this storm system. Purchasing a weather radio for your home is another way to ensure that you receive critical warning information. If a warning is issued, get indoors, and move to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.

Find valuable tips to help you prepare for severe storms at http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather and download the free FEMA app, available for your Android, Apple or Blackberry device. Visit the site or download the app today so you have the information you need to prepare for severe weather.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

CHICAGO – It’s too easy to think we’re invincible when it comes to lightning storms—going outside, staying in the pool, or continuing a softball game as thunder sounds in the distance are not safe activities when lightning and thunder are in the area. Instead, move indoors when thunder roars—such a simple step could save more than 400 people from getting struck by lightning every year.

In recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19 – 25, 2016, FEMA is encouraging everyone to get storm safety smart:

  • There is no safe place outdoors when thunderstorms are in the area. Get indoors and avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, plumbing, and windows and doors.
  •  Water is an excellent conductor of electricity – so get out of and away from water!  
  • Electricity always seeks the shortest path to its destination. Avoid tall, isolated trees or other tall objects in a lightning storm.
  • When camping, set up in a valley, ravine or other low area. Tents and open-sided shelters don’t provide protection from the dangers of lightning. If there isn’t a substantial building nearby, take shelter in your vehicle.
  • Wait 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going back outside.
  • Anyone struck by lightning will need immediate medical attention. Call 911 and remember: lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch.  

During Lightning Safety Awareness Week, FEMA Region 5 will be hosting a social media engagement campaign in collaboration with the National Weather Service in Chicago—get involved by following FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5 and www.facebook.com/fema. You can also find more valuable lightning safety tips by visiting www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning and www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov. Consider also downloading the free FEMA app, available for your Android, Apple or Blackberry device, so you have the information at your fingertips to prepare for severe weather.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Today’s world is a very different one to that of just 30 years ago. Where we previously used to be terrified of the idea of one of the superpowers using atomic bombs, today we are scared of somebody hacking our computer systems and destroying our infrastructures. It is a very real fear and one that, unlike atomic bombs, has been regularly unleashed on people.

However, we are not just sitting ducks in the face of this increasing threat and, behind the scenes, work is constantly being done to increase the protection that companies and individuals have from nefarious hackers. One of the most powerful tools they have in this constantly evolving battle is in the use of data.

One of the most progressive industries in this regard is banking and financial services, where a huge amount of money combined with a high number of transactions has meant that it is the perfect environment for data analytics to have a big impact. It is, unfortunately, something desperately needed as we have seen significant increases in the amount of card fraud. In the UK, online banking fraud increased 26% between 2013 and 2014, for instance. In a country of only 63 million people, there were 53,192 cases of online banking fraud where people incurred loss of money. The numbers in the US are even more shocking, with the country responsible of 47% of all credit card fraud despite accounting for only 24% of total card transactions (http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-card-security-id-theft-fraud-statistics-1276.php).

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https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/cyber-security-and-big-data-s-essential-relationship

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

The Cloud: Still a Work in Progress

It seems that when it comes to the enterprise and the cloud, it’s all over but the shouting. Organizations around the world have integrated cloud infrastructure into their overall data footprints in a major way, and at this point there is no chance of undoing it all.

But this doesn’t mean the cloud is putting all data operations on easy street. Indeed, just as local data infrastructure did in the past, the cloud will fuel its own endless cycle of upgrades and revisions as users come to demand new levels of performance and flexibility at every turn.

As eWeek reported last month, the cloud currently supports about 28 percent of the worldwide compute and storage load, and that portion is expected to increase to 58 percent over the next decade. And perhaps most telling, a good 83 percent of respondents to a recent Tata Communications survey said they have received benefits from cloud computing that they did not expect at the outset, including higher productivity and faster data access.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/the-cloud-still-a-work-in-progress.html

(TNS) -  Gov. Rick Scott’s unprecedented request for a federal emergency declaration after the mass shooting in Orlando has been rejected by the Obama administration.

In a letter to Scott Monday, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate said the emergency declaration was the wrong course of action for Florida to take as it tries to recoup the costs associated with the response to and investigation of the massacre that left 49 dead plus the shooter.

“Because your request did not demonstrate how the emergency response associated with this situation is beyond the capability of the state and affected local governments or identify any direct federal assistance needed to save lives or protect property, an emergency declaration is not appropriate for this incident,” Fugate wrote.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Federal-government-denies-Scott-request-for-emergency-declaration-after-Orlando-shooting.html