Posts by author: TAL Global

Criminals, including those in the cyber realm, also come in many stripes. Some are motivated by greed, while others, such as terrorists, are driven by beliefs and ideologies. Aviation is a prime target for both types of criminals and involves threats from both as well as potential threats from nation states in time of war.
Lawrence Dietz, TAL Global’s General Counsel and Managing Director, Information Security, provides here an insightful introduction to the unique and challenging nature of cyber security in the aviation sector.

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Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director, Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, and the Director of Transition & Research Deployment at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California (USC) – a widely recognized international terrorism expert and author, shed recently light on the prominence of ISIL terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, and explained why its message resonates with “frightening” success both globally and in the United States.

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The FBI and DHS published recently a warning that “disgruntled and former employees pose a significant cyber threat to US businesses due to their authorized access to sensitive information and the networks businesses rely on”.

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Amazingly enough, a recent cyber-attack on Norwegian oil and energy companies attracted little attention outside Norway, even though the attack was the largest ever on Norwegian interests. Fifty companies were hacked, and the government’s National Security Authority Norway (NSM) has warned 250 additional companies that they may be targets of continuing cyber-attacks.

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“We are dealing with innovative and adaptive adversaries who are intent on being successful.” Dr. Erroll Southers sheds necessary light on the reasons and motivations behind what sometimes seems like bureaucratic knee-jerk reactions by overzealous airport security agents.

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Since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 74 school shootings in America. This is one of the main findings included in a recent report by Everytown, a gun control advocacy group.

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Recently, TAL Global partnered with the Longwood Foundation to help transform the new Community Education Building (CEB), located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, by turning it from a vacant bank headquarters into a state-of-the-art, safe and secure educational center, where thousands of K-12 pupils in multiple charter schools can focus and realize their academic goals.

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As companies increasingly rely on information systems to manage and control every aspect of the organization’s life, and as threats to the integrity and functionality of these very same information systems grow and become more complex, the responsibility for the very survival of many organizations ends up resting on the shoulders of their Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

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Soccer fans arriving at the recently renovated 43,900-seat Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba, Brazil have their belongings screened by Qylatron™ Entry Experience Solution, an innovative security screening system, developed by Qylur Security Systems, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, USA.

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Suspected Al Shabaab gunmen opened fire on passer-by’s and set fire to two boarding houses in the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni, reportedly killing 48 people and wounding many others.

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