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Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

Release Date: 11/30/2018

Episode 169 - The 2020 ISDA Training Survey Results show art Episode 169 - The 2020 ISDA Training Survey Results

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

Last year ISDA conducted an Executive Protection Security Driver Training Survey. The 2020 ISDA Training Survey Results Our goals were to determine the dollar value of the Executive Protection and Security Driving training market. To acquire metrics concerning what motivates potential students to attend one program over another- such as - How did they fund their training? - How many training programs have they attended during their career? - What was their motivation to participate in the training programs? We also wanted to determine what training subjects were covered and the average length...

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Episode 168 - The Science of Backing Up show art Episode 168 - The Science of Backing Up

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

Driving in reverse is a valuable driving skill to have.   Backing up slowly can be a problem but backing up fast is hard and dangerous if not done correctly. With that said, it is by far one of the most valuable driving skills to have, and a Security Driver can acquire. Along with being hard to do, it is hard to teach and, if not taught correctly – dangerous. What makes it hard and hazardous is the definition of fast. How fast you can drive in reverse is limited to the vehicle's gearing; in most vehicles, you can drive as fast in reverse, or a little quicker, as you can in 1st gear....

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Episode 167 - The Security Drivers Triangle show art Episode 167 - The Security Drivers Triangle

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

The Essence of Security Driving is Found in the Security Drivers Triangle. The driver's ability to avoid vehicle violence does not depend solely on their ability to control the vehicle. A driver is at the mercy of the environment and of the vehicle, they are driving. Driving, any form of driving, is a balance, and that balance is called the "driving system." The driving system is made up of three components: THE DRIVER, THE MACHINE, and THE ENVIRONMENT. In our world, it is called the Security Drivers Triangle. If a triangle's failure causes an accident or a successful ambush, the driver, the...

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Episode 166 - The Difference Between Handling and Cornering show art Episode 166 - The Difference Between Handling and Cornering

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

There are two words that are often used in the automotive industry and protective driver training vernacular the words are handling and cornering. To get a better understanding of how the driver interacts with the vehicle requires understanding the difference between Handling and Cornering. While conducting a driver training program understanding this interaction is a must – when running a secure transportation operation, knowledge of this interaction adds to the principal’s safety and security.

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Episode 165 - Safety, Security, and the Science of G's show art Episode 165 - Safety, Security, and the Science of G's

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

Ensuring the passengers’ safety and security requires the driver to have the knowledge, skill, and experience to control the vehicle when confronted with an emergency. The emergency does not necessarily need to be a security scenario; it can often be an accident-producing situation.  As we have mentioned many times in the past, research and science define driving skill as the driver’s “ability” to use the vehicle’s “capability.” Former  or Scotti School students know that we were and are anal about training our students to maximize the vehicle’s capability. The...

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Episode 164 - Vehicle Dynamics and Passing show art Episode 164 - Vehicle Dynamics and Passing

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

The topic for this week’s episode is Vehicle Dynamics and Passing. Passing the vehicle in front of you is one driving skill we often do but don’t give it much thought. Once you decide to pass a vehicle in an urban environment, realize, and remember that you and your car will be spending a good deal of time in the wrong lane. To give you an idea of how much time and distance, consider this scenario. If you are traveling at 50 mph or 80KPH and passing the average sedan or SUV going 40 mph or 64 KPH, you will need about 10 seconds and 736 feet or 225 Meters to complete the pass...

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Episode 163 - A Dramatic Increase in Carjackings show art Episode 163 - A Dramatic Increase in Carjackings

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

Hello, and welcome to episode 163 of the EPST podcast. I'm your host, Larry Snow. The topic for this week’s episode is the huge increase in carjackings. Statistically, driving the principal from point A to point B has been the highest risk the principal faces during their daily routine. A not so new risk needs to be added to that trip, and that is the dramatic increase, in fact, a staggering increase in carjackings in parts of the United States during the pandemic. If you are not familiar with the term, a carjacking is a violent, potentially fatal version of auto theft. Do a Google search...

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Episode 162 - Reflecting on the Effects of COVID-19 on the Profession show art Episode 162 - Reflecting on the Effects of COVID-19 on the Profession

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

As 2020 comes to a welcome end, we reflect on the effects COVID-19 had and look into its impact on the profession. There is no doubt that Covid-19 has changed Secure Transportation; the question remains: for 2021, how long the changes will last, and will those changes be permanent. It is impossible to accurately predict the overall impact that the COVID crisis will have on the Protection industry, but as we move into 2021, these are some thoughts and metrics. Thoughts and Metrics As in any crisis, those who can adapt to the changes will survive, and those who can't - won't. The...

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Episode 161 - Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh show art Episode 161 - Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Podcast

The topic for this week’s episode is an outline of the assassination of Iranian Senior Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, dubbed the father of the Iranian nuclear program, held the rank of brigadier general in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to intelligence reports, he was responsible for Iran's development of nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles. On Friday, November 27th, 2020, at 2:15 PM, Fakhrizadeh was ambushed while traveling in an armored Nissan Teana on a rural road in Absard. In the past, we've conducted many forensic analyses on...

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Episode 160 - Understeer vs. Oversteer show art Episode 160 - Understeer vs. Oversteer

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Understeer and Oversteer are terms used to explain vehicle characteristics, and they are important signals transmitted to you by the vehicle, it is how the vehicle communicates to you. It is the vehicle’s way of telling you what you should do next. In a nutshell, understeer and oversteer are the interrelationships of the front and rear ends of the car. If you drove around a corner or made an emergency maneuver that created 3200 lbs pushing on the CG of your vehicle – in the perfect world your tires would be pushing back 1600 lbs. front and rear. This would be called neutral steering, and...

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The ISDA Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News Podcast for Friday, November 30, 2018

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In Terrorism News

From the Daily Sun

Security Minister warns No Deal Brexit could make it harder to keep terrorists and criminals out of UK

Ben Wallace backed the PM's Brexit plan by suggesting a No Deal scenario would leave the country in a situation that 'isn't pretty'. 

BRITAIN’S Security Minister warned MPs that a No Deal vote would make it harder to keep criminals and terrorists out of the UK.

But speaking to law enforcement and security leaders he said leaving the EU without a deal would make it “hard to do our job” and the “alternative to this deal isn’t pretty”.

He claimed the UK’s security was “bound up with Europe’s security” and the deal secured by the Prime Minister strikes the right balance to keep everyone safe.

He said: “A mere 20-mile stretch of water cannot protect the UK from 21st-century terrorism, serious organized crime, and cyber attacks. These are threats that know no borders. We and our European partners need to tackle them together if we are to keep our citizens safe.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/7863732/security-minister-terrorists-no-deal/   

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And from NextGov

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

The FBI is using Amazon Web Services’ cloud services to process, host and analyzes both classified and unclassified counterterrorism data, an FBI official revealed Tuesday.

The previously undisclosed partnership dates back nearly two years and began after the FBI reached a “data crisis,” according to FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Christine Halvorsen, who made the announcement at AWS’ re: Invent conference in Las Vegas.

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2018/11/fbis-counterterrorism-investigations-now-run-amazon/153133/

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In Vehicle News

From Automotive Fleet

GM's Safety Tech Reduces Crashes by 43%

General Motors vehicles equipped with automatic braking and forward collision warning saw 43% fewer police-reported front-to-rear crashes when compared to similar vehicles that aren't equipped with front crash prevention technology, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In addition, GM vehicles equipped with those two safety features had 64% fewer front-to-rear crashes with injuries.

The study also assessed forward collision technology separately. For vehicles equipped with forward collision warning only, the crash rate reductions were 17% for front-to-rear crashes and 30% for front-to-rear crashes with injuries.

https://www.automotive-fleet.com/319316/gms-collision-reduction-tech-reduces-crashes-by-43

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In Cyber Security News

From the NYTimes

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

The Marriott International hotel chain said on Friday that the database of its Starwood reservation system had been hacked and that the personal details of up to 500 million guests going as far back as 2014 has been compromised.

The hotel group, which runs more than 6,700 properties around the world, was informed in September about an attempt to access the database, and an investigation this month revealed that unauthorized access had been made on or before Sept. 10, Marriott said in a statement.

The investigation also found that an “unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps toward removing it,” the statement said.

The hotel chain said that personal details including names, addresses, dates of birth, passport numbers, email addresses and phone numbers for hundreds of millions of guests may have been compromised.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/business/marriott-data-breach.html

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And from NBC Today

Dunkin' Donuts reveals Consumer Security Breach

The coffee chain says hackers were after customers' information through its DD Perks program. 

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that it discovered a recent digital security breach in which hackers may have accessed the names and email addresses of customers signed up for the chain’s DD Perks mobile app, its primary rewards program. The alleged attack occurred in October. Customers' 16-digit DD Perks account numbers and QR codes for the program may have also been compromised.

On Wednesday, the company released a statement explaining how “third-parties” acquired the information:

“Although Dunkin’ did not experience a data security breach involving its internal systems, we’ve been informed that third-parties obtained usernames and passwords through other companies’ security breaches and used this information to log into some Dunkin’ DD Perks accounts.”

The company added, “These individuals then used the usernames and passwords to try to break into various online accounts across the Internet. Our security vendor was successful in stopping most of these attempts, but it is possible that these third-parties may have succeeded in logging in to your DD Perks account if you used your DD Perks username and password for accounts unrelated to Dunkin’."

https://www.today.com/food/dunkin-reveals-security-breach-here-s-what-it-may-mean-t144139

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In Travel Security News

From International SOS

Travel Risk Map 2019 – Risk Outlook

International SOS and Control Risks publish Travel Risk Map 2019 to help organizations better understand the risks in the markets where they operate and travel.

The Travel Risk Map displays each country’s medical risk rating and travel security risk rating.  The result is a comprehensive overview of risks by destination. Highlighting to organizations the need for travel risk mitigation efforts.

Understanding what the risks are at a destination and then taking appropriate precautions is the best way for an organization to support their people, enable business growth and deliver on Duty of Care. 

  • Countries and regional travel security risks are rated ‘Extreme’, ‘High’, ‘Medium’, ‘Low’, or ‘Insignificant’.
  • There are varying levels of travel security risks within countries. Mexico, Egypt, India, and Ukraine are examples of generally ‘Medium’ travel risk ratings, which have higher risk ratings in specific regions within that country.
  • Countries are assigned a medical risk rating of ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’, ’Very High’, or ‘Rapidly Developing Variable Risk’.
  • The interactive map features drill-down capabilities to see specific zones within countries that have a higher travel security risk rating, and city/country search functionality. The interactive map is freely available to clients and media to embed in their websites and to share the information and educate travelers.

https://www.internationalsos.com/risk-outlook

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Lastly, just a quick reminder that the ISDA has put together its annual Holiday Gift Guide for the executive protection and secure transportation professional. In the gift guide, we include recommended books, gear, and tech. To visit our gift guide go to https://isdacenter.org/giftguide

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