Following California’s New Workplace Violence Laws Is Good for All Businesses

Workplace violence prevention rules will go into effect in California this summer, and Dr. Marisa Randazzo recommends companies across the country — not just those in the Golden State — consider incorporating the policies. This article was originally featured in Corporate Compliance Insights This year, California will become the first state to require most employers to implement…

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Implications of AI for Corporate Security

On February 29, I was honored to serve as the moderator for a panel on “The Rise of AI and its Impact on Corporate Security” at the 2024 Ontic Summit. The panel not only provided me with a reason to focus my own thoughts on the topic, but to also learn from the insights of the…

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Streamlining Security Operations Amidst Geopolitical Turmoil

While we’re unsure of the full repercussions global events will have on multinational corporations, there are ways security teams can better predict, assess, and prepare for potential threats. When geostrategic crises erupt, the risks to multinational corporations can be complex andunpredictable. While geopolitical conflict undoubtedly has had major repercussions on theglobal economy that will trickle…

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5 Strategies to Prepare Organizations for Presidential Election Disruption

The countdown to the US presidential election is well underway, and concerns about election-related violence and disruption are on the rise. For the first time ever, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Preventive Priorities Survey has identified a domestic threat – the growing risk of political violence around the U.S. –  rather than an international conflict…

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A New Breed Of Security Leadership: How the Digital Age Is Transforming the Security Professional

This article was originally featured in Security Informed The importance of data is ever-growing. For every profession, we’re witnessing the increasing reliance on data and its ability to promote efficiency for corporate decision-makers. The security industry is no different. The growing reliance on data and technological tools has allowed for a new breed of professionals…

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Fred Burton’s 2023 Holiday Reading List

Take a look at Fred’s must-reads for the holiday season. I always enjoy thinking back over the last year, remembering the new books that I’ve enjoyed and learned from, but also the books I’ve read in the past that resurfaced in life and work this year. When putting together a book and film recommendation list,…

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The New Information Landscape is Changing How Security Leaders Work

This article was originally featured in Security Magazine Imagine a scenario many security practitioners are familiar with: A bizarre post on an obscure social media account surfaces. It could be construed as a threat against a company executive. But it’s unclear. To further complicate the situation, a different executive at the organization has recently been under public…

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Connected Intelligence: A New Approach to Managing Risk and Enabling Decision-Makers

Ensuring the safety of people and organizations is dynamic, asymmetric, and complex. A sense of permacrisis has driven a need for those tasked with managing risks to constantly perceive imperatives amongst the unyielding view of threat, risk, and problematic issues. Ontic championed the cause of Protective Intelligence and its concepts for collecting and providing information…

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Organized Retail Crime in Focus

Fighting ORC is possible, but without a holistic view and fully resourced corporate security teams and law enforcement partners, it can be an uphill battle. This article was originally featured in Security Magazine We’ve become all too familiar with the social media videos capturing a shoplifter running out of the store with a haul of…

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The Meticulous Eye Demanded by High Profile Investigations

When one incorrect piece of data could cost someone their life, you have no choice but to be meticulous about what you do. Kurt McKenzie, Director of Physical Security at MongoDB, has had a career that hinges on the ability to be meticulous in every single thing he analyzes. He is a retired FBI Supervisory…

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How Security Teams Enable Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Major General Richard Lake works as an independent consultant focusing on global and corporate security issues. Prior to his retirement from active duty in 2013, Lake served for over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence, foreign area, and infantry officer. He also served for four years with the CIA as one…

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Separating Signals From Noise: The Biggest Security Challenge Moving Forward

See how generative artificial intelligence is revolutionizing threat detection and risk mitigation. This article was originally featured in Forbes When I started my career as a counterterrorism investigator, information was much harder to come by. A single clue was hard-earned and often involved following breadcrumbs and retracing steps. Real-time data was even rarer since the…

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