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Who Defines a Hard Target?

Understanding the motivation and rationale for a criminal event – be it a school shooting, an armed robbery, or a terrorist attack – is as much art as it is science. It is easy to dismiss every school shooting as a violent cry for help by a mentally unstable individual, every robbery as an act of greed, and every Middle East terror event as being “jihadist” inspired. There are, of course, numerous examples to fit these paradigms; however, this simplistic rationalization risks missing the forest for the trees. … [READ MORE]

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

At its core, espionage is social engineering. Despite the Hollywood film and spy thriller depictions, being a good spy relies much more on understanding and manipulating people than on sophisticated technological gadgets. … [READ MORE]

London Attack: Our Adversaries are Patient

The only way we will make significant progress in securing mass transport and other soft targets is through continuous vigilance, which can only be achieved by enlisting the support of the general public. … [READ MORE]

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

All of the officials and experts WTOP spoke to concede that no amount of technology or human dedication can cover what Maness fears — complacency. … [READ MORE]

Working Against Modern Terror Cells: A Change in Tactics

This is an excellent article on the make-up of a modern Jihadist terror cell. We have noted for some time (even prior to 9/11) the fact that many terror “cadres” are built around family ties. Much like the Mafia and other organized crime groups, the honor code amongst family and clan members helps ensure loyalty and the Jihadist version of “Omertà.” … [READ MORE]

TRAPWIRE Launches New Threat Detection System

Our clients are collecting and managing hundreds of threat reports covering criminal activity, terrorist planning and insider threats. Since each of these reports could represent a potential disaster for their organization, they needed a capability to detect threats within this data quickly and efficiently. The release of TrapWire 7.0 will dramatically improve their ability to detect and preempt threats to their personnel and facilities. … [READ MORE]

JCC Bomb Threats: More Than Meets the Eye?

The recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCC) raises several questions. … [READ MORE]

No More Martyrs: A Shift in Terror Tactics?

As police across Europe and the Middle East continue their search for Istanbul nightclub attacker Lakhe Mashrapov, one cannot but notice an emerging trend with terror attacks over the past two years, namely, the apparent intent by some terrorists to survive the event. … [READ MORE]

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