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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]

JCC Bomb Threats: More Than Meets the Eye?

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

Sexual Predator on the Loose: Law Enforcement Seeking Help from the Public

Private citizens can provide actionable intelligence on a wide-variety of criminal activities and should be encouraged/reminded that sometimes even the smallest bit of information can lead to a major investigation. … [READ MORE]