Chinese Trade War, War with Iran, and Ukranian Snap Elections

US-China Trade War Will Hurt American Families https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/perspectives/us-china-trade-war-economic-costs/index.html As President Trump and the Chinese elevate their ongoing trade dispute, lead economists are suggesting that American families will be the ones to pay. Earlier this month, Trump significantly increased tariffs on Chinese trade goods. The immediate consequence could be a 25% tax hike on everything imported from China. China is currently the source of 41% of american apparel, 72% of footwear, 84% of travel goods, and 37% of electronics. The average cost of these increases on American family of four will be about $2,300 a month. As [...]

By |2019-05-20T22:05:01-04:00May 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former CIA Officer Charged, ISIS Leader Reappears, and UK Defense Minister Fired

Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Spying for China Jerry Chung Shin Lee plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiring “to gather and send secret information to the PRC.” Lee, 54, began working in China and other places as a CIA Officer in 1997. He left the Agency in 2004, reportedly frustrated that his career had stalled. According to prosecutors, Lee met with Chinese intelligence officials in 2010. Between 2010 and 2012, the Chinese government arrested and either jailed or killed dozens of Chinese citizens secretly working with the CIA. Over that same period [...]

By |2019-05-06T21:50:24-04:00May 6th, 2019|International, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

The Belt and Road Initiative, Ukranian Elections, and U.S. Cuba Relations

China’s Second Belt and Road Forum Is Underway This week, 36 world leaders have gathered in Beijing for to discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Nine of the 10 ASEAN countries are represented at the conference as well as four of the five Central Asian countries. This level of attendance shows great regional confidence in the project’s future. Furthermore, 12 of  the 36 attendees are representing European nations including Italy, Portugal, and Austria. As the project continues to develop and more heads of state continue to enter BRI negotiations, it is clear that the project will [...]

By |2019-04-30T20:17:42-04:00April 30th, 2019|International, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

CTC Unveils RiskSurv Risk Assessment Survey Tool

WEST PALM BEACH, 2 February 2018 - CTC International Group, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence and security solutions, today released RiskSurv, the only comprehensive, consistent risk assessment metric and report generation tool on the market. RiskSurv is a global, consistent and cost effective methodology specifically designed to determine an organization’s compliance with its own security policies by identifying gaps and prioritizing the actions to address the same in today’s threat and budgetary environment. "We developed RiskSurv in partnership with one of the best names in the software industry, Protatech, to fill a very real [...]

By |2019-02-08T14:15:13-05:00February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” Heist: Are Your Assumptions Hurting Security?

The case of the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" coin provides a lesson in security and the danger of assumptions. Four individuals are currently on trial in Berlin for the 2017 robbery of the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf", a solid gold coin worth at least $4 million. The coin, which weighed 220 pounds and was a yard in diameter, was known not only for its large size, but also for its purity. The coin boasted 999.99 of 1000 parts gold, making it one of the purist gold coins in existence. It was also rare. Only five of [...]

By |2019-01-25T16:53:08-05:00January 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Espionage: Alive, Well, and Dangerous

The recent conviction of former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev on espionage charges demonstrates once again that the second oldest profession in the world is alive and well, and often involves unlikely bedfellows.  Officials in Equatorial Guinea detained Segev last May and extradited him to Israel at the request of Israeli officials, according to the BBC and other media outlets. The 63-year-old former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure admitted to Shin Bet officials that he had passed the Iranians "information related to the energy sector, security sites in Israel and officials in political and security institutions." [...]

By |2019-01-15T11:53:58-05:00January 14th, 2019|Espionage|0 Comments

Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity: Plan Now or Pay Later

Every business owner knows preparation is critical to maintaining operations throughout an emergency, but few put in the time to create a comprehensive, actionable, and appropriate disaster and business continuity plan. Hurricanes, fires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and cyber attacks are just a few of the emergencies that happen on a regular basis and impact business operations. Keeping employees safe is a primary concern, but businesses also need to make plans to secure data and documents and to keep the businesses running throughout any situation.  In today's connected world, if you can't answer the [...]

By |2018-09-30T09:34:31-04:00September 30th, 2018|Security|0 Comments

Navigating the Global (Corruption) Landscape

Official corruption remains the norm in many countries around the world and causes massive difficulties for companies operating in these environments. Understanding how to navigate the cultural norms in-country while adhering to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act requires working with well-vetted, well-connected vendors, partners, and facilitators. Failure to employ the right resources can cost companies contracts or land them in hot water with US authorities. According to Transparency International, more than two-thirds of countries in the world fall closer to the "corrupt" end of the spectrum than the "clean" end. In their most [...]

By |2018-09-18T19:12:40-04:00September 18th, 2018|International|0 Comments

TSA Ending Passenger Screening at Small Airports: Penny wise and Pound Foolish

Intelligence and security professionals are shaking their head in disbelief at the reported information about the TSA considering eliminating passenger screening at some small and medium-sized airports. If implemented, the policy will cause massive security problems and significantly raise the threat to the United States. According to CNN, "internal documents from a TSA working group" suggested examining whether to cut passenger screening at more than 150 airports that offer flights with 60 or fewer seats. The TSA working group made the suggestion based on the fact that the change would save approximately $115 [...]

By |2018-08-08T11:31:39-04:00August 8th, 2018|Security|0 Comments

Crisis Management and Business Continuity: Keeping Your Business Running No Matter What

Even the best companies face crises. Businesses can suffer catastrophic loss from a variety of sources, leaving the company paralyzed or distressed, and the resulting damage can hobble or even ruin an organization. The range of possible sources of problems is staggering. They include natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flash floods, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, or snow storms. Other threats come from product contamination - whether malicious or accidental - personal information data breaches, electronic system hacking or denial of service attacks. Criminal activities, such as fraud, espionage, sabotage, workplace violence/active shooter incidents, kidnapping [...]

By |2018-07-01T18:56:22-04:00July 1st, 2018|Business|0 Comments
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