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https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/July-2017-Industry-News.aspxJuly 2017 Industry NewsGP0|#3795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e;L0|#03795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e|Security by Industry;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a43444652017-07-01T04:00:00Zhttps://adminsm.asisonline.org/pages/flora-szatkowski.aspx, Flora Szatkowski<h4>​Video Update for the Council</h4><p>The Council of Europe is an international organization that was created to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe. Located in Strasbourg, France, the organization focuses on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, minority rights, corruption, and judicial reform.</p><p>The headquarters campus has five distinctive buildings, including the Agora (pictured here). The video surveillance systems throughout the campus needed updating, and security managers called on Securitas and ENGIE Ineo to design and implement a new system. ENGIE Ineo partnered with Milestone Systems for video management software and Axis for network cameras. The team replaced the analog system with a full network video surveillance solution that delivers better performance, ease of access to video assets, and flexibility in tailoring how different locations are secured. The work was done with a minimum of disruption and completed early in 2017.​</p><h4>PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS</h4><p>Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, North Carolina, deployed 3xLOGIC thermal cameras to increase security for the store. Sonitrol Carolinas installed the cameras and now oversees the video monitoring.</p><p>AMAG Technology and CodeLynx integrated AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control software and CodeLynx’s ARIES Mixed Reality platform.</p><p>Amika Mobile announced that the Amika Mobility Server platform for critical communications is now integrated with the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System from Shooter Detection Systems.</p><p>Point Blank Enterprises will distribute ARMORVENT systems to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets.</p><p>ASSA ABLOY announced the integration of its Aperio wireless lock technology with ProdataKey’s pdk io cloud managed access control solution. </p><p>V5 Systems is partnering with Axis Communications to create a self-powered solution to protect people outdoors.</p><p>Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation are partnering in sales, marketing, and technical collaboration for video security solutions.</p><p>Brivo and Mercury Security integrated the Authentic Mercury open platform into Brivo’s flagship OnAir access control system.</p><p>CBC AMERICAS Corp. announced a strategic business alliance with CrucialTrak to introduce CrucialTrak’s range of products to Japan, Australia, North America, and Latin America.</p><p>Centerra Group, LLC, was selected as the protective services contractor at URENCO USA’s site in New Mexico. </p><p>Checkpoint Systems is implementing electronic article surveillance systems at approximately 2,800 Dollar General retail locations. </p><p>Delta Scientific provided temporary vehicle barriers to restrict vehicle access to Bourbon Street in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.</p><p>Flexera Software is working with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center to offer verified software vulnerability intelligence alerts to critical sector entities worldwide.</p><p>Genetec integrated gunshot detection technology from ShotSpotter in its Security Center.</p><p>Huawei is collaborating with Honeywell to create smart building offerings and make them sustainable, secure, and energy efficient.</p><p>HySecurity commercial, industrial, and antiterrorist automated gate systems are now available to PSA Security Network integrators.</p><p>Ergos Group and IndigoVision worked together to improve surveillance at the stadium of the Santos </p><p>Futebol Clube in Santos, Brazil.</p><p>Netsurion was named a Fortinet MSSP Platinum Partner.</p><p>Free2Move, a mobility app for car-sharing providers, including companies such as Car2Go, Flinkster, Multicity, Zipcar, and DriveNow, selected Jumio Netverify Trusted Identity as a service to verify customers’ driver’s licenses.</p><p>Kentec gas extinguishing fire safety panels are helping protect Specsavers’ new West Midland manufacturing and distribution center. The new fire safety system was designed and installed by Leader Systems LLP. </p><p>Lenel and Everbridge, Inc., announced an alliance to interface their leading solutions for comprehensive security management and critical communications.</p><p>March Networks announced a strategic partnership with Oncam for its banking, retail, and transportation solutions.</p><p>Mount Airey Group, Inc., is partnering with Acuant to launch a comprehensive authentication solution for border control and to minimize the acceptance of fraudulent passports.</p><p>Henry County Hospital in Ohio is using the Netwrix Auditor from Netwrix Corporation.</p><p>A collaboration between nuPSYS and Bosch Video Management System integrates the nuPSYS 3D-mapping solution to allow assets, sensors, alarms, and critical points to be plotted onto a 3D mapping surface.</p><p>Park Assist was awarded the Parking Guidance System contract for the University of Texas at Dallas in its new garage.</p><p>Deutsche Telekom entered a strategic partnership with Radiflow to collaborate in securing industrial networks. </p><p>Raytec LED lighting improved security at a multisite installation for the National Bank of Romania. </p><p>SALTO Systems hired Warren Associates to sell SALTO’s security products in northern California, northern Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Idaho. Bassett Sales Corporation will represent SALTO in the Southwest United States and Hawaii.</p><p>Semafone is partnering with Australian compliance specialist SecureCo to protect customer payment data.</p><p>Sharp Robotics Business Development appointed U.S. Security Associates as an authorized guard services reseller of the Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle.</p><p>Suprema announced that its SFU-S20 fingerprint modules are integrated in BioWolf LE rugged tablet PCs from BioRugged.</p><p>London development New Ludgate chose Tyco Security Products C·CURE 9000 Security and Event Management system to unite building management, access control, and video surveillance systems.</p><p>Vanderbilt integrated its award-winning Lite Blue and Bright Blue access control solutions with Allegion’s Schlage NDE series wireless locks with Engage technology.</p><p>An official partnership agreement was signed by SMR Links Consultants and VSTEP, making SMR Links the exclusive partner of the NAUTIS maritime simulators and RescueSim Incident Command Simulator in the United Arab Emirates region.​</p><h4>GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS</h4><p>American Public University was selected by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Institute of Higher Education to provide academic programs to up to 20,000 TSA employees at 147 airports nationwide.</p><p>Fredericton Police Force in Canada is testing Axon body cameras.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority selected AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. </p><p>BioTrackTHC partnered with the Hawaii Department of Health to deploy a live seed-to-sale cannabis traceability system in a FedRAMP authorized environment. </p><p>Bittium received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network system products.</p><p>Edesix is the body-worn camera provider of choice for Her Majesty’s Prison Service throughout the United Kingdom.</p><p>Central Lake Armor Express, Inc., was awarded a new contract with the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to provide its Vortex ballistic vest.</p><p>Police in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum was held, employed a drone defense system from Dedrone to monitor critical airspace above the area.</p><p>Boise Airport updated its security infrastructure with Genetec Security Center to manage cameras, access control points, and video analytics software.</p><p>The City of Deagu, South Korea, is using Hikvision cameras in an integrated atmospheric information system.</p><p>J & S Franklin Ltd. delivered DefenCell MAC geotextile lined metal gabions to the Tunisian authorities for deployment on the Tunisian-Libyan border.</p><p>Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software was installed at JFK International Airport. </p><p>Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety announced a technology deployment in Warwick, Rhode Island, public schools as an effort to help save lives through enhanced collaboration with the local police, fire departments, and hospitals. </p><p>Colquitt County Jail in Georgia worked with local systems integrator Ace Technologies to deploy a new video system from Pelco by Schneider Electric. </p><p>Safran Identity and Security supplied a facial recognition solution to the National Police of The Netherlands.</p><p>SRC was awarded a U.S. Army contract to deliver, integrate, and sustain 15 counter-UAS systems. </p><p>SuperCom announced that its M2M division was selected by the Czech Republic Ministry of Justice to deploy its PureSecurity Electronic Monitoring Suite.</p><p>Total Recall Corporation will work with the City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Police Department to provide a citywide safety solution that includes CrimeEye-RD-2 rapid deployment portable video systems.</p><p>Vialseg combined forces with Vivotek’s local distributor Selnet and LPR software partner Neural Labs to provide red light enforcement systems for Argentinian cities.</p><p>Zenitel is providing IP-based security systems for Oslo Schools.​</p><h4>AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS</h4><p>ByteGrid achieved the SOC2+ HITRUST designation, to go along with its EHNAC accreditation.</p><p>The office of the Ohio Secretary of State certified that Verity voting from Hart InterCivic meets all state requirements to ensure fair and accurate elections.</p><p>IBM announced that its scientists have been granted a patent around a machine learning system that can dynamically shift control of an autonomous vehicle between a human driver and a vehicle control processor in the event of a potential emergency.</p><p>Intelligent Protection International Limited was granted Conseil National des Activités Privées de Sécurité status and is licensed for Close Protection activities in France. </p><p>Frost & Sullivan recognized Karamba Security with the 2017 North American New Product Innovation Award for the Automotive Industry.</p><p>Milestone Systems was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine.</p><p>PinPoint Initiative from PinPoint won a Platinum Govie award from Security Today in the category of User Authentication/Identification/Credentialing and Management.</p><p>Secure I.T. Environments Ltd. achieved new quality management standards for design, construction, and management of data centers. The new accreditations are SOHSAS 18001:2007 (ISO 45001), ISO 14001:2015, and BN ES ISO 9001:2015.</p><p>Sielox LLC recognized MCM Integrated Systems of Van Nuys, California, as its National Business Partner of the Year.</p><p>Snap Surveillance achieved the status of Milestone Certified Solution with its integration to XProtect Corporate IP video management software. </p><p>Sword & Shield Enterprise Security was named to the Cybersecurity 500, a global compilation of leading cybersecurity solutions and service companies.</p><p>Tosibox won the Industrial and Security Category Awards at the IOT/M2M Innovation World Cup.</p><p>Tyco Security Products announced that its Innometriks Cheetah high assurance physical access reader achieved UL 294 certification, and the complete Innometriks Infinitas FICAM solution is now listed on the U.S. General Services Administration Approved Product List.</p><p>Vinson Guard Service, Inc., and company president Christine Vinson were honored with the James J. Coleman, Sr., Corporate Partner Award at the Annual Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Awards Luncheon. </p><p>Virtual StrongBox, Inc., was named a finalist for a Blue Diamond Award, which recognizes the best technology in the greater Charlotte area.​</p><h4>ANNOUNCEMENTS</h4><p>ASSA ABLOY completed an additional seven Environmental Product Declarations, third-party reports that document the ways in which a product affects the environment.</p><p>Blancco Technology Group opened a new office in Beijing, China. </p><p>The Community Security Service is launching a new app, the Jewish Security Application, allowing individuals to report suspicious activity and document anti-Semitic incidents quickly and accurately from their smartphones.</p><p>Constellis entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Centerra Group, LLC, and its subsidiaries.</p><p>DNA Labs International relocated to a larger laboratory near its current facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida.</p><p>A new shipping facility for eDist Security in Dallas offers more space.</p><p>Intelligent Protection International Limited opened an office in Paris on the Champs-Elysées.</p><p>MorphoTrak will donate access to MorphoCloud to West Virginia University. The donation will support research and education in biometrics and forensics.</p><p>The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors is welcoming online distributors and retailers within the law enforcement, public safety, and military markets to its general membership.</p><p>NEC Corporation and Infosec Corporation established Infosec America, Inc., as a security operations center in Santa Clara, California.</p><p>Pelco by Schneider Electric launched a new informational website for the security industry: securityinsights.pelco.com.</p><p>Red Hawk Fire & Security acquired  two companies: Alarm Tech Solutions of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and Integrated Systems of Florida.</p><p>RiskIQ revealed that its intelligence and external threat investigation system was used by the Citizen Lab in the discovery of commercial spyware that targeted the mobile phone data of United Arab Emirates human rights activists.</p><p>The Security Industry Association established the SIA International Relations Committee to engage with international trade officials, to facilitate education for SIA members on topics related to trade/export programs, and to collaborate with global security trade associations.</p><p>SecurityScorecard launched the Risk Ratings Alliance Program aimed at developing strategic partnerships to help the world’s companies become more secure through collaboration and trust. </p><p>Security Innovation’s security division, OnBoard Security, is placing all of its NTRUEncrypt patents in the public domain, so that they may be freely used under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal License.</p><p>The Smart Card Alliance is changing its name to the Secure Technology Alliance.</p><p>Tyco Security Products launched a new partner portal to enhance the third-party integration process with its brands.</p><p>Unisys Corporation plans to launch the Unisys Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, allowing users to gain free access to online tools to help them develop capabilities in advanced data analytics.</p><p>ViSTA Networking Solutions announced that its network video recorder configuration tool is now available for download. ​</p>

 

 

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If communities, schools, and law enforcement work together to identify and connect these dots, future threats could be stopped. </p><p><em>Security Management </em>speaks to experts about their experience conducting threat assessments in schools and communities. ​</p><h4>Connecting the Dots</h4><p>After the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 elementary-age children and six educators, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy created a 16-member panel to review policies pertaining to school safety, gun-violence prevention, and mental health. The panel recommended in a 277-page report that all schools create safety committees that include police, first responders, administrators, and custodians. 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If there is a dedicated platform or channel where they know they can report pertinent information, those dots can be connected in a meaningful way to prevent tragedy. </p><p>Two security experts share best practices with Security Management based on their experiences with threat assessments. These programs were bolstered by building partnerships with law enforcement and the community. </p><p>Working with stakeholders. Sometimes a threat assessment reveals an obvious problem that needs fixing, while other issues are uncovered only by working and communicating with stakeholders. 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Societies are also made up of private businesses whose security is paramount to the overall environment of safety. Marianna Perry, CPP, a security consultant with Loss Prevention and Safety Management, LLC, explains that because about 85 percent of critical infrastructure in the United States is privately owned, “it makes sense that these businesses and communities partner with law enforcement to address problems.”  </p><p>Perry has more than 20 years of experience in conducting threat assessments for private businesses, as well as communities, including school districts. She recounts examples of how these reviews helped strengthen those localities, businesses, and law enforcement alike. </p><p>While Perry was the director of the National Crime Prevention Institute, there was a particular community with high crime rates, homelessness, and drug problems, as well as health-related issues. “There were abandoned properties, rental properties in disrepair, homes that had been foreclosed,” she says. “We were looking for a solution to help fix this community.” </p><p>Perry helped form a team of key stake­­holders and partners, including law en­forcement, a local university, security consultants, area churches, and the local health department. The public housing authority was also a major partner, as well as some local residents and business representatives. Initially, everyone came together for a week-long training program. The goal was to involve all partners in helping to develop strategies to improve the overall condition of the neighborhood, which in turn would help prevent crime. She says that much of the training was centered on crime prevention through environmental de­sign (CPTED), which predicates that the immediate environment can be designed in such a way that it deters criminal activity.  </p><p>She adds that the training wasn’t just focused only on preventing crime, but on several aspects of the community. “The goal was to improve the overall quality of life for everyone who lived or worked in that neighborhood,” says Perry. </p><p>The training also helped the partners learn to speak a common language. “We had all of these different people from different professional backgrounds and business cultures, and we needed them all on the same page,” she says. “They needed to be able to communicate with each other.” </p><p>A critical outcome of the training program, she says, was facilitating interaction among stakeholders, as well as developing and building trust. “It was a really successful partnership, and a lot of good was done for that community because everyone worked together to achieve common goals.” </p><p>Businesses also benefit from such assessments. Perry recently conducted a security assessment for one organization that was located in an area with one of the highest violent crime rates in the city. “Management was very concerned about the safety of their employees,” she notes. </p><p>During the assessment, Perry recommended that the company install additional cameras on the perimeter of their property for added surveillance and employee safety. The company could also share camera footage with law enforcement by tying their camera system into the citywide surveillance program. Perry worked with a local vendor to install IP cameras to cover a 10-block area. A control center operator would then monitor the cameras, and if he or she saw suspicious activity, either a security officer would be dispatched to respond, or 911 would be called. “I think people are now embracing the concept of public-private partnerships because they’re beginning to realize that they work,” Perry says.</p><p>Training. Preventing and detecting threats, while challenging, is possible when stakeholders share critical information. Having a centralized place for reporting such information is key, as well as training students, employees, and the community on how to use those platforms. </p><p>However, if the threat remains unde­tected or cannot be stopped, organiza­tions should conduct all-hazards training that covers a range of possible scenarios to ensure minimal damage and loss of life, says Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. </p><p>“Active shooter is one concern, certainly, but it’s just that–one concern,” he says. “There’s a much greater likelihood that school employers are going to deal with a noncustodial parent issue multiple times during a school year than that they will ever deal­­—during their entire career working in the school—with an active shooter incident.” </p><p>Sigrist adds that having a laser-like focus on active shooter training can be a drawback for schools, because they lose sight of issues that have a greater likelihood of occurring. </p><p>“I asked one of my clients at a Head Start school how many times they have had a drunk parent show up to pick up a child, and they said, ‘it happens all the time,’” he says. “We still teach active shooter, but by teaching how to respond in an all-hazards approach, they will know how to take action.” </p>GP0|#cd529cb2-129a-4422-a2d3-73680b0014d8;L0|#0cd529cb2-129a-4422-a2d3-73680b0014d8|Physical Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Protecting-Executives-at-Home.aspxProtecting Executives at Home<p>​</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">Maybe it's temporary copycatting, or it could be a new trend, but more and more executives and other high-profile figures are experiencing protest attacks at home.</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">In just the first five months of 2017, protesters have gathered outside the homes—not offices—of the following U.S. executives, political leaders, and other prominent persons:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><li>Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan</li><li>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg </li><li>U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis</li><li>Robert Mercer, co-CEO of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies</li><li>Ivanka Trump</li><li>U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell</li><li>U.S. Representative Maxine Waters</li><li>U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai</li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><br></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">Protests at executives' homes are wildly unpredictable in their timing and other characteristics. Throngs ranging from a dozen to hundreds of protesters may appear overnight after a news report or a social media posting. This can happen despite the real possibility that the account that led to the protest is inaccurate, exaggerated, or even completely false. </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">Regardless, spontaneous mobs or paid protesters may show up at an executive's house to express their displeasure, disturb the neighbors, block access to the home, and frighten the home's occupants by bombarding them with chants, signs, and angry marchers. </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">One client of ours was targeted at home by protesters opposed to his company's marketing, which appealed to children. The protesters' presence and aggressive tactics caused the executive's special-needs son to panic and attempt to escape the home from a second-story window. Protests at homes are not always innocent. They are sometimes belligerent and can lead to bad outcomes for the family or the protesters. </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">What can a security department or its executive protection division do to minimize the potential harm to executives (a duty they owe to those important, exposed employees) and even to protesters (whose injury could lead to bad press for the company)? </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">The answer is anticipation and preventive measures. As for anticipation, one of our clients, a large multinational corporation, takes special efforts to track mentions of the company and its executives—not only in news sources but also in social media. The company's intelligence team also joins the distribution lists of adversarial organizations and, when possible, uses geofencing to monitor social media activity that mentions executives' homes or originates near them. Staff members also conduct research on the specific individuals who make potentially threatening comments online to gauge their possible dangerousness. </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">In addition, it makes sense to delist the executive's home phone number to minimize the risk of abusive calls and to make it harder to find the executive's address. Delisting is difficult and not reliably permanent, but it is worth a try. A dedicated adversary may still be able to find the phone number and address, but there is no reason to make the task easy, especially for less-organized, spur-of-the-moment, or unbalanced persons. </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">This anticipatory work, along with planning, makes it possible to implement special measures quickly when risk spikes. The following are some of the measures security personnel can put in place when they detect a plausible risk of protests at an executive's home:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><li>Provide security driving services to the executives and possibly to members of their families. Protesters may swarm or attack personal vehicles, and a security-trained driver would be better equipped to avoid or otherwise handle such incidents.</li><li>Contract for a law enforcement presence outside the executive's home. If the protesters remain on public property and are not violating the law, police may not do anything to protect the executive. However, a police officer in a marked or unmarked patrol car parked in front of the house may help keep the situation from escalating. </li><li>Set up temporary exterior video cameras, viewing 360 degrees outward from the home, to monitor and document protester behavior, especially any trespassing or throwing of projectiles.</li><li>Make sure the home has bright floodlights shining outward at night so protesters cannot easily trespass undetected.</li><li>Remind the family to turn on its security alarm system.</li><li>Consider having the family live elsewhere for a few days.</li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><br></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;">Protests at executives' homes are disturbing and potentially dangerous. They cannot be prevented, but with careful research and planning, they can be managed.</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><em>Robert L. Oatman, CPP, is president of R. L. Oatman & Associates, Inc.</em></p>GP0|#3795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e;L0|#03795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e|Security by Industry;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465
https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Book-Review---Interviewing.aspxBook Review: Interviewing<p><em>​Advanced Interviewing Techniques, Third Edition. </em>​Charl​es C. Thomas; ccthomas.com; 216 pages; $39.95.<br></p><p>​An excellent reference for anyone who interviews people on a regular basis, the third edition of <em>Advanced Interviewing Techniques </em>offers varied methods for conducting interviews. Authors John R. Schafer and Joe Navarro acknowledge that there is no one-size-fits-all interviewing technique, so they explore many.</p><p>While the title implies that these are advanced techniques for interviewers, in fact, the techniques outlined in the book are fairly standard for the experienced interviewer. Nonetheless, the novice interviewer will find much to learn here.</p><p>The book is written in a concise and reasonable fashion. The table of contents flows in a logical sequence. The first chapter concisely and appropriately details the importance of planning the interview, and subsequent chapters contain short but substantive scenarios and interviewing tips. </p><p>The authors clearly have considerable experience. They cite and give credit to other authors to better illustrate key points of learning, including the interview setting, props, and other logistical considerations. They point out how critical these issues can be without dwelling on them.</p><p>While topics and techniques are discussed in a concise fashion, that brevity does not detract from the key ideas; rather, it engages the reader to understand the point without getting bogged down in unneces­­s­­ary verbiage. </p><p>Chapter 8, “Detecting Deception,” is exceptionally noteworthy. It neatly describes the techniques and observable behaviors that can help interviewers perceive deceptiveness on the part of the interviewee.</p><p>This book is an excellent resource for its intended audience, which is primarily military, law enforcement, and intelligence gathering personnel. Although HR personnel are also ad­dressed by the authors, the contents of this book will be of limited value to them.</p><p><em><strong>Reviewer: James E. Whitaker, </strong>CPP, PCI, CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), has more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement and private sector investigations. He served on the ASIS Investigations and Insurance Fraud Councils and serves on the Healthcare Council and the PCI Review Course Faculty. Whitaker has also been active with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.</em></p>GP0|#28ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997;L0|#028ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997|Strategic Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465