Cyber Security Starts with Physical Security

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) When you think of cyber security, what comes to mind? For most it’s software, hackers, and computers in general. According to the FBI, “A cyber incident is a past, ongoing, or threatened intrusion, disruption, or other event that impairs or is likely to impair the confidentiality, integrity, […]

Internet Hoaxes and What They Teach Us About Using Social Media to Monitor Potential Threats

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) The “Momo” challenge is a good lesson for all of us. If it’s on the Internet it must be true, right? If it’s on the global news everywhere in the world it must be true, right? If my child’s school sends home a note with a warning […]

8 Cybersecurity Predictions for Retail in 2019 and Beyond

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) The last 24 months have been filled with news of breaches, attacks, and privacy concerns with no end in sight. Here are my 2019 cyber security predictions. 1. Both consumer and commercial IoT (Internet of things) devices will be a prime target for hackers. IoT devices (such as […]

Security Theater: Feeling Safe at the Airport Does Not Make You Safe

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) Feeling safe and secure is a sentiment we all desire to obtain. We often reflect on investing in security systems and software for our personal settings. As for the nation and the world at large, security theater is an imperative option. However, it cannot be your whole […]

2019 Retail Predictions: From the Rebirth of Brick and Mortar to the Death of Iconic Brands

(This article originally appeared in Loss Prevention Magazine) The retail industry had a phenomenal year. Retail has an exciting future. The doom-and-gloom reporting of the “death of retail” has subsided. The retail apocalypse is officially over. The evolution of retail is not. In 2017, over 7,000 retail locations closed. Less than half that number occurred […]