Security Briefing-Sep 23, 2019


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All the info you need to be Security READY!

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    Monday, September 23, 2019

network-security-iconTop Security News of the Day 

Thomas Cook collapse IMPACTS hundreds of thousands of travelers…


Quick Insight:  Roughly 600,000 travelers are stranded around the world after the British travel provider Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy. [ Read More…]

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Tropical Storm Karen forms, eyes Puerto Rico as additional threats loom.       [ Read More…]


The storm has kept maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, which can be felt outward up to 105 miles mainly to the northeast and southeast of the center, the NHC said.”

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United States weighs possible cyber attacks against Iran


Quick Insight:  At least three times over the past decade, the United States has staged major cyber attacks against Iran.  [ Read More…]

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Security Awareness is the ability to assess your environment and make good decisions that will enable you to navigate safely.

And that’s Your Security Briefing.  You may now proceed with your next adventure!

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Hurricane Florence Tips & Insights…

Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying and could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week.

In this post @DavidSecurity will share:

  • Hurricane Florence impact on travel

  • 4 Tips to Survive a Hurricane or any other life challenge


Hurricane Florence impact on travel

Hurricane season, which peaks between August and late October in North America, is in full swing.  Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for both Carolinas and Virginia. South Carolina evacuation orders affect five coastal counties. Public schools and state agencies are closed beginning Tuesday.

Cruises Impacted

Seven cruises—including Norwegian, Oceania, and Carnival ships—have been affected already, according to Cruise Critic, and most are swapping out stops in Bermuda, which won’t be hit directly by Florence but will see lots of rain September 12.


Some airlines are allowing free changes to travel plans to avoid potential hurricane-related delays and cancellations.  For example:  Delta Air Lines travel to, from, or through cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Savannah, Georgia through Sept. 16 can be rebooked for free by Sept. 20.

Check with your airlines for details.  

4 Tips to Survive a Hurricane or any other life challenge

Last year Hurricane Irma hit Florida hard but fortunately I was able to weather the storm smoothly using these 4 tips:

1. Adopt a Security Mindset

2. Stay Active & Prepare

3. Make Decisions

4. Follow Through

Let me know if I can help you overcome your Security Challenge! 

Gunman kills 3 at Cincinnati bank; police shoot him dead

Cincinnati bank shooting highlights the importance of security awareness and knowing how to react in an Active Shooter scenario. 

Reuters:  A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing three people and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

The shooter began firing inside a loading dock at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters near Fountain Square, police said. He then entered the lobby where he exchanged fire with law enforcement.


“He was actively shooting innocent victims, it appears, and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat very quickly,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told a news conference.

In 2017, there were 29 active shooter events in the United States.  Instead of being paranoid I suggest we empower ourselves with Security Awareness!



1.RUN • Have an escape route and plan in mind • Leave your belongings behind • Keep your hands visible

2. HIDE • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

3. FIGHT • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.



WITH AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door • Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort.

Let me know if I can help you overcome your Security Challenge! 






Is It Safe To Travel To Los Cabos?

Los Cabos’ stark desert landscape and striking azure waters started gaining international attention after World War II, when Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, and John Wayne just to name a few; made it their vacation spot.

Perched at southern tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile-long Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is experiencing another tourism boom.

Plus, a new $50 million terminal will open at Los Cabos International Airport later this year.

Yet despite the flurry of development, Los Cabos suffered a blow when the U.S. State Department’s new travel warning system gave it a Level 2 advisory in January that implores travelers to “exercise increased caution.” The State Department updated its Mexico advisories on August 22, leaving Los Cabos’ warning intact.

Curated by @DavidSecurity (Recognized Presenter with more than 15 years experience on Workplace Security Awareness & Travel Security.) For Inquires Email:


Is it Safe to Travel to Los Cabos? Article:

U.S. State Department Mexico Travel Advisory

Morning Security Briefing-(Friday, July 20, 2018)

What’s going on in the world from a Security Coordinator’s perspective:

Security News of the Day: 

Storm sinks duck boat in Missouri, killing 13 people


A day after a duck boat capsized and sank during a severe storm at a southern Missouri lake, killing at least 13 people, divers are resuming a search for people who remain missing.

Russia to let World Cup fans come back with Fan ID, no visa.


The World Cup in Russia is over but Moscow is still giving out perks to foreign fans. Russian lawmakers are now set to allow Fan ID holders to travel in and out of Russia freely until the end of the year.

Read More…


Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy.


The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.


Read More…


Summer is high season for travel scams


Sunny weather and extended time off for kids both make summer, without a doubt, peak travel season. Almost everyone is planning a trip — from low-key visits with relatives to extended tours of far-off places. And along with the seasonal rise in trips comes a wave of shady travel scams, like insects to a flame, as all sorts of people and companies try to trick us travelers.

Read more…

Quote of the Day:

“To lead people walk behind them.”- Lao Tzu

Leave your comments below and remember to Stay Safe & Thrive! 

Morning Security Briefing (Thursday, July 19, 2018)

What’s going on in the world from a Security Coordinator’s perspective:

Security News of the Day: 

Several buildings evacuated after explosion in Flatiron District.


At least five high-pressure steam pipes exploded early Thursday on Fifth Avenue at 21st Street in the Flatiron District, prompting the evacuation of several nearby buildings.

Read More…

International: Turkish court rejects appeals to release jailed American pastor. 


A Turkish court on Wednesday rejected appeals to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor being tried on terrorism-related charges whose prosecution and lengthy imprisonment have become a flash point in the increasingly testy relationship between the United States and Turkey.   

U.S.A. News…

FBI Director Chris Wray assured the public Wednesday the bureau believes that Russia interfered with the last U.S. presidential election and that the Kremlin is “very active” in its attempts to foster political divisiveness in America.

Read More…


Beijing’s new Zaha Hadid-designed airport to showcase latest facial recognition technology.


Beijing’s new US$12bil (RM48.69bil) airport, which is designed to handle up to 100 million passengers a year at full capacity, will feature cutting-edge surveillance technology to ease bottlenecks in security and immigration screening.

Read more…

Quote of the Day:

“When you know better…you do better “-Maya Angelou

Leave your comments below and remember to Stay Safe & Thrive! 

Morning Security Briefing (Wednesday, July 18, 2018)

What’s going on in the world from a Security Coordinator’s perspective:

Security News of the Day: 

Taking Victory too seriously…”At least 2 dead in violence after France World Cup victory.”


International: Hundreds of thousands of expatriates have been leaving Saudi Arabia as the economy stagnates and the authorities impose more fees on foreign workers.



More Info…

USAWait…what? “MGM sues Vegas shooting victims in push to avoid liability.  MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.



More Info…




The winner of the World Cup of Travel: Spain, not France., which helps travelers get to and from the airport or station in more than 130 countries, ran its own tournament using the same complicated process as the World Cup.

Rather than competing on soccer abilities, the qualifying countries scored points based on their travel appeal. The factors taken into consideration were: weather, cost, food, culture, nightlife, nature and beaches, and shopping.

The 32 qualifying teams were split into eight groups.

And the winner is: Spain.

More Info…

Quote of the Day:

“The art of communication is the language of leadership. “-James Humes

Leave your comments below and remember to Stay Safe & Thrive!