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Can Yacht Security be Compromised?

A reader of one of my Yacht Security blogs posed the question: What is to stop the intruder of the mega-yacht from sinking it to gain access to the who is in the safe room?

Yacht Security is no different than any other security venue.

The same issues of asset protection are the same in most applications. The risks and exposures and the countermeasures applied to mitigate the risks and exposures may change due to environment, geographic and the budget available.

Any target can be compromised if the attacker has sufficient reason/motive and resources to apply to the mission.

What is to stop a militant group from deploying a nuclear device in one of our cities? What is to stop a mentally ill individual or a member of a subversive group from bombing an office building, school, airport, etc.? We can go on and on with ‘what if’s’.

The bottom line is security countermeasures primarily mitigate most risks and exposures facing a particular venue or site. A site can be built up with security countermeasures to a Fort Knox level and, the measures can potentially compromised.

Security Systems Integration which enhanced security countermeasures need to be augmented with highly trained security personnel, trained to detect, identify, escalate and possibly intervene to prevent loss to life and property.

The Risk Mitigation Process begins with the conduct of a Security Assessment, covering, but not limited to, the following areas:

  1.  Physical Security Operations & existing Policies
  2.  Guards/manpower/scheduling
  3.  Crime Statistics Analysis
  4.  Perimeter Security
  5.  Security Systems Integration
    • Intrusion Detection
    • CCTV
    • Access Control

Additional areas which can be addressed:

  • IT Infrastructure & Protocols
  • Financial Operations
  • Applicant Screening and Background Investigation Procedures
  • Workplace Violence Training and Intervention

Hope this helps answer the question the reader posed.

Questions about this article and or General Security issues can be addressed to the author:
Joseph A. LaSorsa, CPP
Email: info@lasorsa.com
Website: www.lasorsa.com

NEWTOWN, CT – SCHOOL VIOLENCE. What is our problem?

By: Joseph A. LaSorsa, CPP
Security Expert and Consultant
www.lasorsa.com

school violence

This tragedy is one of the hardest of all of the past incidents to deal with because of who it affected and how it affected them. We should keep in mind, however, this is not one of the traditional school violence incidents. This perpetrator was an individual who was an unknown to the school administration and an outsider. There’s a clear common element in most mass shootings – the perpetrator was mentally ill or completely went off the deep end when committing this heinous act and the perpetrator was focused on Targeted Violence and intent on inflicting mass harm in the effort.

In the Newtown incident, it seems the shooter’s mental condition deteriorated rapidly and/or too quickly to be noticed and to have had any positive intervention.

What can we do?

  • Should school districts conduct Security Audits and Assessments to evaluate their current security policies, protocols and security systems? Of course.
  • Should security policy dictate more stringent access control measures be put in place? Absolutely.
  • Should the school administrators request to have their physical security systems upgraded? Of course.
  • Should school security policy dictate the use of security guards on their premises during and after school hours? Yes.

Individuals and media pose and throw out questions like: should schools have metal detectors? Should they employ armed guards? How much security is enough? These are questions and issues which can be considered by consultants and administrators on a case by case basis, however, the answer is not in militarizing our society and it’s institutions. We need to enhance security countermeasures across the board and understand the main cause of the problem we are facing in our society today, which is the lack of institutionalization and proper treatment of the severely mentally ill.

Let’s step back and consider a fact. Very few of us know of anyone or their relative or friend that is institutionalized. The asylums don’t exist in the numbers they existed years ago. Because of the current mental treatment trends, the mentally ill and criminally insane live among us and in our neighborhoods. We have had mall, movie theatre and school mass shootings. We have to ask ourselves: why are these individuals killing people? What is/was the root cause of their actions?

In addition to the above, the government and society watchdogs should monitor and control the sale of violent video games kids are allowed to watch instead of healthy diversions like sports and homework.

Erosion of traditional family values; doing away with God and Faith; society and the media sponsoring and selling violent video games; lack of institutionalization of the criminally insane – all combine to give us a lethal, explosive combination of nasty, violent ingredients!

Do we need to implement additional and stricter policies and procedures for the acquisition of assault weapons? Yes.
Do we need to be more security aware and vigilant? Yes.

Guns, like alcohol during Prohibition and illegal drugs today – will still be available to the criminals and those who are willing to pay the black market prices. A total ban will just insure that the only people possessing assault rifles will be the military, Law Enforcement and of course, criminals!!!

In order for our society to realize any serious positive outcomes of any gun control legislation or enhanced security measures across the board, we will also at the same time need to address the very serious issue of the limited number of mental institutions available capable of incarceration of the severely mentally ill and the criminally insane and society’s attitudes toward the treatment of the severely mentally ill.

These combined efforts are the countermeasures we can reasonably implement and hopefully, will be adequate enough to prevent or limit the type of disasters and massacres which have been occurring all too frequently.

Note: Questions about this article and or School Security issues can be addressed to the author: Joseph A. LaSorsa, CPP
Email: info@lasorsa.com
Website: www.lasorsa.com

Corporate Security Consulting

Our ability to review your business from a security viewpoint and to conduct high level, all hazards risk assessment and vulnerability studies distinguishes J. A. LASORSA & ASSOCIATES from other less experienced security agencies. Your security program planning should include everything from your hiring process to your compliance with state and federal regulations. Your company makes significant investments in people, confidential information, business relationships, and other assets. These investments should be protected to secure a return on investment, and what you do about security risk management is one of the most important business decisions you will make.

Issues such as advances in technology that have made so many of today’s business opportunities possible, also make life easier for perpetrators of fraud, identity theft, corporate spying, and computer hacking…even terrorism. Criminals can find your vulnerabilities and how to exploit them. Because of this, the corporate security consultant you choose must have the depth of experience and professionally trained staff to understand and recommend solutions that will work for you and your business and its various locations.

The Corporate and Estate Security Assessment – Physical Security, Financial and IT Operations and Infrastructure

FORMER SECRET SERVICE, PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION

This service provides a comprehensive security assessment and analysis of the exisiting security environment. Internal and External Security exposures and risks are identified within a client’s policies, processes, procedures, networks, and systems to include: overall Physical Security, Financial and IT Operations and Infrastructures. The client is provided the benefit of an outside security review of their environment which analyzes and measures their level of security versus industry standards and best practices.

This high-level evaluation (Security Assessment, Threat Assessment and Risk Assessment) provide a representative list of vulnerabilities, risks, and system requirements and the appropriate counter-measures to mitigate those vulnerabilities and risks.

Some of the critical benefits of this service are:

Provides fully defined security solutions specific to your business needs in any and all facets: Physical Security, Financial and IT Operations and Infrastructures.

* Delivers expert security analysis of the enterprise and networks
* Develops an adaptable security architecture, to includes security systems and networks
* Builds a foundation for your company’s overall security strategy and suggestions on how to minimize security risks
* Identifies potential risks and vulnerabilities within your company’s policies, process, networks, and systems
* Establishes a security infrastructure that meets the needs of your business requirements today and for the future

Core Deliverables:

* Key staff members, employees and users are interviewed
* Risks and vulnerabilities are identified
* Corporate Incident history data is collected and analyzed
* Network, system, and password scans can be performed
* Host systems are inspected and reviewed
* Recommendations on countermeasures designed to mitigate identified risks and vulnerabilities

For more information, contact:
J.A. LaSorsa & Associates
1645 SE 3rd Ct., Suite 102
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
U.S. Secret Service (Ret.)
954-783-5020 (24 hour contact)
www.lasorsa.com
e-mail: jal@lasorsa.com
Providing Global services: Security Expert Witness, Anti-Wiretap and Audio Countermeasures, Consulting, Investigative, Polygraph, Executive Protection Estate & Yacht Security Systems & Consulting, Workplace Violence Training & Intervention and Executive Protection Training.
Specializing in Europe, Central and South America.

No matter what your security concerns or needs are, our team of expert security consultants will conduct the necessary threat and vulnerability assessment and recommend the appropriate countermeasures to mitigate your risks.

The J. A. LASORSA & ASSOCIATES standard of excellence and quality, relies on the principal’s background and U.S. Secret Service career, where he was assigned to the Presidential Protection Detail, the counter-terrorism unit and numerous investigative assignments.

At J. A. LASORSA & ASSOCIATES, our expert security consultants and bodyguards are fluent in Spanish, Arabic and Italian.

We provide Confidential Private Investigator Services to insurance companies, businesses, financial institutions, andprivate citizens. Our team of highly experienced private investigators can provide law firms of any size with the Litigation Support Resources necessary to secure the evidence they need for any case. We provide both domestic and international security and Protection Services, to include the following areas: Antigua, Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Grenada, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos and Trinidad &Tobago, Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, New York, Los Angeles, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Mexico, El Salvador,Venezuela and South America, Europe, Italy, Rome, Milan, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Asia, China, the Far East, India, etc.

THE VALUE OF PERIODIC CORPORATE AND ESTATE SECURITY ASSESSMENTS AND SAFE ROOMS

Security Expert: Former Secret Service Agent, Presidential Protection

THE VALUE OF PERIODIC CORPORATE AND SECURITY ASSESSMENTS

On too many occasions, corporate (commercial), residential and private estate security and security systems undergo complacency and/or neglect with corporate security managers, estate and property managers assuming that all conditions are good to go. They many times lack response time capability and a Safe Room. However, like most modern, service oriented industries, technology advances and conditions change.

Advances in the interpretation of current security needs negates the antiquated notion of achieving the so called “SECURE AND COMFORT LEVEL” by simply installing a “basic” security system.

In many instances, prominent individuals and celebrities have been hurt (i.e., George Harrison, Meg Ryan, etc.) because they had a “security system”, however, the overall system response did not act as a intrusion detection system, did not provide the critical “advance warning” and, also did not include a “safe room” or “security zone”.

The security system is “only as good as the client’s ability to remove him or herself from harm’s way”. A simple intrusion detection system in itself is “NOT ENOUGH” to provide adequate protection. A security system should be MULTI-LAYERED and should include a RESPONSE MECHANISM to the threat or intrusion to be effective.

Periodic assessments of security systems and current threats and vulnerabilities not only help maintain the appropriate and acceptable level security environment, but also strives to maintain security counter-measures at the required response levels, ensuring a safe and secure environment for the client and family.

For additional information and or free initial consultation, please contact: Joe LaSorsa at J.A. LaSorsa & Associates, Tel: 954-783-5020 (USA) or e-mail: jal@lasorsa.com or visit our website: www.lasorsa.com

J.A. LaSorsa & Associates provides Confidential Private Investigator Services to insurance companies, businesses, financial institutions, andprivate citizens. Our team of highly experienced private investigators can provide law firms of any size with the Litigation Support Resources necessary to secure the evidence they need for any case. We provide both domestic andinternational services, to include: Antigua, Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Grenada, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos and Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, New York, Los Angeles, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Mexico, El Salvador,Venezuela and South America, Europe, Italy, Rome, Milan, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Asia, China, the Far East, India, etc.