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Chinese Trade War, War with Iran, and Ukranian Snap Elections

US-China Trade War Will Hurt American Families https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/perspectives/us-china-trade-war-economic-costs/index.html As President Trump and the Chinese elevate their ongoing trade dispute, lead economists are suggesting that American families will be the ones to pay. Earlier this month, Trump significantly increased tariffs on Chinese trade goods. The immediate consequence could be a 25% tax hike on everything imported [...]

By | 2019-05-20T22:05:01-04:00 May 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former CIA Officer Charged, ISIS Leader Reappears, and UK Defense Minister Fired

Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Spying for China Jerry Chung Shin Lee plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiring “to gather and send secret information to the PRC.” Lee, 54, began working in China and other places as a CIA Officer in 1997. He left the Agency in 2004, reportedly frustrated that [...]

By | 2019-05-06T21:50:24-04:00 May 6th, 2019|International, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

The Belt and Road Initiative, Ukranian Elections, and U.S. Cuba Relations

China’s Second Belt and Road Forum Is Underway This week, 36 world leaders have gathered in Beijing for to discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Nine of the 10 ASEAN countries are represented at the conference as well as four of the five Central Asian countries. This level of attendance shows great regional confidence in [...]

By | 2019-04-30T20:17:42-04:00 April 30th, 2019|International, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

CTC Unveils RiskSurv Risk Assessment Survey Tool

WEST PALM BEACH, 2 February 2018 - CTC International Group, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence and security solutions, today released RiskSurv, the only comprehensive, consistent risk assessment metric and report generation tool on the market. RiskSurv is a global, consistent and cost effective methodology specifically designed to determine an organization’s compliance with its [...]

By | 2019-02-08T14:15:13-04:00 February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” Heist: Are Your Assumptions Hurting Security?

The case of the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" coin provides a lesson in security and the danger of assumptions. Four individuals are currently on trial in Berlin for the 2017 robbery of the Canadian "Big Maple Leaf", a solid gold coin worth at least $4 million. The coin, which weighed 220 pounds and was a [...]

By | 2019-01-25T16:53:08-04:00 January 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Espionage: Alive, Well, and Dangerous

The recent conviction of former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev on espionage charges demonstrates once again that the second oldest profession in the world is alive and well, and often involves unlikely bedfellows.  Officials in Equatorial Guinea detained Segev last May and extradited him to Israel at the request of Israeli officials, according to the [...]

By | 2019-01-15T11:53:58-04:00 January 14th, 2019|Espionage|0 Comments

Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity: Plan Now or Pay Later

Every business owner knows preparation is critical to maintaining operations throughout an emergency, but few put in the time to create a comprehensive, actionable, and appropriate disaster and business continuity plan. Hurricanes, fires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and cyber attacks are just a few of the emergencies that happen on a regular basis [...]

By | 2018-09-30T09:34:31-04:00 September 30th, 2018|Security|0 Comments

Navigating the Global (Corruption) Landscape

Official corruption remains the norm in many countries around the world and causes massive difficulties for companies operating in these environments. Understanding how to navigate the cultural norms in-country while adhering to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act requires working with well-vetted, well-connected vendors, partners, and facilitators. Failure to employ the right resources [...]

By | 2018-09-18T19:12:40-04:00 September 18th, 2018|International|0 Comments

TSA Ending Passenger Screening at Small Airports: Penny wise and Pound Foolish

Intelligence and security professionals are shaking their head in disbelief at the reported information about the TSA considering eliminating passenger screening at some small and medium-sized airports. If implemented, the policy will cause massive security problems and significantly raise the threat to the United States. According to CNN, "internal documents from a [...]

By | 2018-08-08T11:31:39-04:00 August 8th, 2018|Security|0 Comments

Crisis Management and Business Continuity: Keeping Your Business Running No Matter What

Even the best companies face crises. Businesses can suffer catastrophic loss from a variety of sources, leaving the company paralyzed or distressed, and the resulting damage can hobble or even ruin an organization. The range of possible sources of problems is staggering. They include natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flash floods, tornados, [...]

By | 2018-07-01T18:56:22-04:00 July 1st, 2018|Business|0 Comments