Commentary

Inauguration Day Security: Lessons Learned

As the security checkpoints are being dismantled, hundreds of yards of fencing and concertina wire taken down, and the majority of National Guard and out of state law enforcement personnel sent back home, the security operations related to President Joe Biden’s inauguration are being viewed as a success. One reason for this success is that […]

Physical Protection: Who Defines a “Hard Target?”

This article was written by TrapWire Director Michael Maness, who served two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency conducting covert counterterror and counterintelligence operations on behalf of the USG in more than a dozen countries. Just about everyone has heard the terms “hard” and “soft” targets. The […]

FedRAMP, Why it Matters to You

In 2011, as part of the U.S. government’s “Cloud First Policy,” the Office of Management and Budget initiated the Federal Risk and Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP was designed to enable federal agencies to leverage the efficiency of cloud-based products and services, confident in the knowledge that the systems used are secure and reliable. FedRAMP Director […]

Surveillance Detection Extends Beyond Counter-Terrorism

A recent rash of car thefts at the Seattle-Tacoma (SEATAC) airport highlights the importance of comprehensive surveillance detection. While many government and private sector entities utilize surveillance detection programs (whether human or technical) to protect against terror threats or physical violence, these same techniques can be used to thwart property crimes as well. In the […]

TrapWire Awarded FedRAMP Authorization

We are very pleased to announce that the TrapWire Threat Detection and Analysis System has been awarded FedRAMP Authorization as of August 2018.   See the original post here. Our core mission is the safety and security of our customers and the people they are charged with protecting. Security is at the forefront of every decision […]

Who Defines a Hard Target?

This article was written by TrapWire Director Michael Maness, who spent two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency and was involved in counterterror investigations ranging from Pan Am 103 through 9/11. Understanding the motivation and rationale for a criminal event – be it a school shooting, an […]

Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering: Hackers Target People, Not Just Systems

This article was written by TRAPWIRE President Dan Botsch and Director Michael Maness. Dan and Mike were senior officers and managers with the Central Intelligence Agency, covering issues ranging from counterterrorism to foreign intelligence operations. Their real-world experience, like others working at TrapWire, brings a unique perspective to our counterterror and counterintelligence services. At its […]

London Attack: Our Adversaries are Patient

By: TRAPWIRE Director, Michael Maness. Mike spent two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency and was involved in counterterror operations and investigations ranging from Pan Am 103 through 9/11. When I lived in Rome we learned that burglars would regularly test residential security systems. They’d sneak on […]

WTOP interviews TrapWire’s Mike Maness on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Excerpted from: Fading memories of 9/11, different tactics present new terror threat by J.J Green September 11, 2017 WTOP.com WASHINGTON — Sixteen years after the worst terror attack in U.S. history, a former senior operations officer with the CIA believes, “the situation is even worse.” Mike Maness was overseas when the 9/11 attacks took place. […]

Working Against Modern Terror Cells: A Change in Tactics

Excerpted from: Offline, cultlike, Spain terror cell evaded detection August 24, 2017 france24.com MADRID (AFP) – The jihadist cell behind last week’s twin attacks in Spain was built around a “guru” and went completely offline to avoid detection by anti-terrorist police, experts said. The group managed to evade authorities so well that even a giant explosion […]

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