El Chapo’s Recapture: International Security Consulting Firm Reviews Recent Events On January 8th, a small force of Mexican Marines stormed a compound in the coastal city of Los Mochis, Mexico. This operation initiated a chase resulting in the capture of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera, otherwise known as “El Chapo.” El Chapo […]
Executive Summary: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 On March 8th, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while enroot to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Tragically, the flight was carrying 239 people and there are no indications of any survivors. In the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines disappearance, it was revealed that at least two people on board […]
The Sochi Olympics has shed worldwide attention on the Russian security environment. While security at the Olympic Games in always a concern, the Sochi Olympics seems to be at heightened risk. To date, most coverage of Russian security has highlighted the threat of terrorism. The media has particularly focused on the possibility that a female […]
The holiday season is an important time for many businesses, particularly retailers. Unfortunately, the season presents its own set of corporate security concerns. These range from employee theft, to cyber security, to the effects of blizzards on supply chain security. Additionally, the shift towards e-commerce is continuing to change the way firms protect customer transactions […]
Employee Travel Security — Indian Travel Security and Protective Measures for Women
As one of the world’s largest nations, India is attracting a large share of tourists and business travelers. However, India is still a developing and culturally conservative country, and crime is a threat throughout the nation. That is why Indian travel security is an issue that many companies and corporations should be concerned with. Of the threats to employee security in India, rape and sexual assault of women (including foreign visitors) is perhaps the most disturbing.
Unlike many cities in Europe, Tokyo is almost entirely modern. With little left of its historical past, the bustling metropolis is typified by skyscrapers, concrete, and electric lights. This is largely because the city was devastated by bombing during World War II and had to be rebuilt during the post-war years.
Most visitors to Tokyo are struck by its sheer size. Indeed, with a population over 30 million, Japan’s capital is the world’s largest metropolitan area. During the Cold War, Tokyo was the heart of East Asian industrialization and modernization. For this reason, it has become a center for business across the region. Perhaps that is why a staggering 47 companies on the Forbes 500 are headquartered in the city. Continue reading
Imagine you are on a lovely vacation to a small Tuscan hill town in Italy. Just before stopping at the local café you use the ATM across the square. You don’t remember anything peculiar about the machine at the time, but several days later you get a phone call from your bank inquiring about unusual activity on your account. Your bank’s representative informs you that over 3000 Euros have been withdrawn from your checking in just the past week. Although it seems impossible, the withdrawals all seem to have been made with your ATM card and pin number. Continue reading
For decades, Latin America has been at the center of the global drug trade. It has also been its chief victim, as the black market narcotics industry has generated high rates of crime in most every country in the region. For example, kidnapping occurs more often in Latin America than in any other area of the world by far. Furthermore, 16 of the 20 countries in the world with the highest rate of homicide are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fortunately, Argentina has been able to buck this trend to some extent. Although it should not be considered a low crime country, Argentina does experience significantly less criminal activity than other nations in Latin America. That is why it is regrettable that there have been reports of increasing numbers of kidnappings on Argentinian highways. Continue reading
Although Copenhagen was founded in medieval times, it stands out as a modern city in an international age. The Danish capital is one of Europe’s cleanest cities and has one of the most advanced metro systems in the world. The consultancy Mercer ranks Copenhagen 11th in the world on ‘quality of life’ and 9th in the world on ‘safety.’ The city has also become a hub for international businesses and organizations. For example, Carlsberg Brewery Group and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, are both headquartered there. International organizations also have a large presence in the city. The headquarters for the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) is located in Copenhagen. Additionally, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program, and the World Health Organization all have offices in Denmark’s historic capital. Continue reading
Pickpocketing goes back hundreds of years and is still practiced in much of the world today. Although few people endorse the crime, society tends to view pickpockets more kindly than thugs, gangsters, and other common criminals. After all, it is a craft requiring both skill and training. Pickpocketing has also been the subject of many well known plot lines in literature, such as in Charles Dickens’ famous novel Oliver Twist, making it somehow less threatening in the eyes of many.