Monday, April 15, 2013

Risk Assessment: Reality Check - Yourself.

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Nobody likes to talk about risk assessment and pre-emptive measures as well as counter-measures. It simply makes us feel all the more vulnerable to think about it. But for the safety of all -- the general public, the workplace, our schools and in any areas where groups of people are likely to gather, as well as those places (power plants, and the like) which would be highly probable terrorist targets from a strategic point of view.

In addition to writing The InfoSphere Business Alerts And Intelligence Blog, I am an officer of the Global Edge Technologies Group LLC, a private entity which deals in risk assessment, threat measurement, damage control and containment and executive protection and security.

While it might cost a sum of money and require an additional investment of time, you might find it wise to have a security professional review your facility to find areas of vulnerability, to create preventive and tracking resources (mounted cameras, alarms, backup power generators, special "safe rooms") and other proactive countermeasures in the interests of protecting lives, property and information.

Just today, there was a hideous tragedy at the Boston Marathon which I suspect could have been prevented had the area been searched and patrolled along the entire marathon path. Think of the lives that might have been saved, and horrors averted had someone in a position of power had the vision to assess and prepare for risk. It doesn't matter whether it's a deranged, vindictive individual (we've all known a few...perhaps you've even dated one for a short period) from the next town, or an internationalist terror cell, we, as a people remain oblivious to the real nature of the threats increasing all around us. This merely makes us more vulnerable.

A world in a continuous state of war, and the economic crises which challenge us make threat assessment and preventative measures essential, both personally and professionally.

To punch the point further, here is a news excerpt from today's New York Times:

The New York Times | BREAKING NEWS ALERT | Video
BREAKING NEWS Monday, April 15, 2013 4:29 PM EDT
A series of explosions was reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, leaving two people dead and at least two dozen injured, according to the Boston Police Department.
A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m., about an hour after the first two blasts. The police were apparently aware of that device before the explosion occurred.
The blasts took place about four hours after the start of the men’s race, which meant that there were still several thousand runners yet to finish the race. One senior counterterrorism official said it was too soon to tell whether the explosions were related to terrorism.


We are all busily debating over gun violence, which is all well and good; but we should be talking about all acts of bullying, violence and terror against persons, as well as the corruption and theft of data and intellectual property, and the measures which we must, as individuals and as a society take in order to protect ourselves. We cannot realistically expect to dial 911 for a rescue, or for local police patrols to protect us and those whom we love or care about. Sadly, by the time the police get to the scene, it is generally to interrogate witnesses and collect evidence. That's not prevention, in the same way that a chalk line silhouetting my crumbled body is not art.

When it comes to protection, we each and all must do much, much more.

Thank you once again for reading my articles and for your kindness in sharing them with your colleagues and connections through your social media outlets. I truly appreciate it.

Douglas E. Castle

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