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Michael Veliz, CFI promoted to Sr. Regional Asset Protection Manager for Louis Vuitton

Michael has been with Louis Vuitton for three years, starting with the company in 2020. Before his promotion to Sr. Regional Asset Protection Manager, he served as Regional Asset Protection Manager. Prior to Louis Vuitton, he spent more than six years with EXPRESS as Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with DSW, The Sports Authority, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Federated Department Stores - Burdines. Congratulations, Michael!

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Take action now against active shooter threats

How one retailer's proactive face matching led to ID, arrest without violence

Active shooter attacks spiked by 52.5 percent in 2021, according to the FBI. Most happened in "commerce" areas, such as shopping malls and grocery stores. In response, retailers are quickly adopting technologies, including face matching, that offer advance warning of threats.

Not all violence is preventable, but retailers can increase their chances of stopping attacks before they start. Here's how one retailer's fast, proactive reaction to a real-life threat led to an arrest with no violence or injuries-and most importantly, before the threatened attack happened.

The retailer became aware of a potential active shooter threat on a popular social media platform. An unknown and unverified individual made a direct threat of gun violence in his post, and he suggested that customers with children avoid the retailer's store.

Minutes after the threat was posted, the retailer ran the profile photo through the FaceFirst Visitor Search Investigation tool. Had the person of interest visited any of the retailer's stores in the past 45 days? Within seconds, the search revealed two face matches at two locations, one from two weeks back and another just one day prior.

The retailer's asset protection team reviewed the matched events and security camera video, then collaborated with local law enforcement. Officers confirmed the man was a known offender, with a record of violent crimes against another retailer and a history of mental illness. Using face matching technology, the retailer formed a threat profile for the man in less than two hours.

Eight days later, the man returned to the retailer's store. As he entered, the FaceFirst system matched his face and immediately generated a match notification. The store management team confirmed the notification and followed the retailer's policy on the notification: "Do not approach-call LE." Law enforcement officers responded quickly and arrested the man nearby. The incident was resolved without violence, and a restraining order was issued soon thereafter. The man has not returned to any of the retailer's stores since his arrest.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retailers Turning to Dogs to Tackle Brazen Theft?
Desperate NYC merchants turn to K-9 units to sniff out shoplifters

In New York City, one non-profit retail trade group has started using dogs to combat the problem.

Shoplifting has become so rampant that one of the Big Apple's busiest commercial districts is turning to "man's best friend" to sniff out thieves, The Post has learned.

The 34th Street Partnership - the trade group serving the neighborhood that includes Macy's Herald Square, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden - is trying to take a bite out of crime by contracting with a firm that provides K-9 units.

The dogged pursuit was launched this month at the CVS at Eighth Avenue and West 34th Street in the heart of the district that has been plagued with thefts.

The program - which the trade group says costs in the "low-five figures monthly" - was a necessary investment amid a flood of shoplifting complaints and lax enforcement tied to the state's soft-of-crime laws, according to Ward.

"We decided to have a very visible deterrent," said Ward, a retired police officer who was chief of staff to former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

As part of the initiative with Stapleton Security Services - a firm led by a retired veteran of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit - three K-9 units accompanied by handlers are posted in the vestibule of the store, and outside, working in shifts.

The partnership says the program still has teeth - noting there's been success in thwarting sticky-fingered shoppers simply by having the dogs and guards stationed in the vestibule and outside the CVS. Initial reports over five days from Feb. 15-19 show that the K-9 unit prevented at least 25 thefts and deterred others, according to the trade group.

Reports of shoplifting have skyrocketed by nearly 60% in the Midtown South Precinct that encompasses the 34th Street business district - with an increase of 1,000 complaints last year from 2021, according to the most recent available NYPD data.  nypost.com

Over Half of Retailers Boosting LP Budgets Amid Crime Surge
As stores fight $100B in theft, some measures drive away shoppers

Organized retail crime is costing stores roughly $100 billion a year - but some measures to clamp down on the theft could be turning away shoppers.

Stores are having to invest more money in safety and security measures to protect employees, customers and merchandise. Over half of retailers say they boosted budgets for loss prevention capital and equipment. Retailers have also shouldered the cost of hiring additional security personnel to guard stores.

Technological tools to combat theft and fraud include artificial intelligence-driven video analytics at the point of sale, locked merchandise cases, shopping cart sensors and more. The variety of products now under lock and key has grown, too.

Locking up goods can backfire for the retailer. Encased merchandise, meant to deter thieves, can drive away shoppers who tire of waiting for a staffer to unlock items for them to buy. The inconvenience of summoning a clerk to unlock deodorant or razors has caused some customers to turn to online retailers for these kinds of everyday essentials, to save time shopping.

Fortunately, most customers are honest and pay for the goods they take home with them. Only about 2% of visitors to stores act in bad faith, she said.

A new law aims to crack down on organized criminal rings who steal goods for resale. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act, or the INFORM Consumers Act, goes into effect in June, and will require marketplaces to verify third-party sellers transacting a high volume of merchandise. cbsnews.com

Nike's Nationwide Theft Crisis in the News
Nike is battling theft in stores, warehouses, and even trains

Nike's outlet store in Portland, Oregon, remains closed because of ongoing theft.

Stores, warehouses, even trains. Pick a spot in the supply chain and Nike's probably had to deal with recent organized theft. The sportswear giant is among retailers nationwide dealing with an estimated $95 billion of annual retail theft, and it appears to be ratcheting up efforts with local governments to address the problem.

And while sneaker resell platforms have worked not to allow stolen products on their websites, the recent theft comes at a time when there's a defined, and easily accessible, secondary market for Nikes and other luxury goods.

The sportswear giant last fall closed a celebrated outlet store in its hometown of Portland because of ongoing theft.

Last week, boxes of Nike merchandise got stolen from a warehouse in Memphis, according to the local Fox affiliate. Memphis is a Nike logistics hub. Also in Memphis: Police arrested two suspects who they say stole about $60,000 of Nike merchandise from five rail cars, according to Sourcing Journal.

In Baton Rouge, thieves stole "several thousand dollars" of merchandise recently, a local news site reported.

On Tuesday, police in Napa arrested a man for attempting to steal from a local Nike store after police were made aware of a retail theft crew targeting Nike stores, according to local news reports.

Nike has 344 US stores, including outlet and Converse stores, according to its last annual report.

In Portland, the company is working more closely with city officials to address theft problems at its now-closed outlet store and full-price downtown location, which has remained open. The company hopes to reopen the outlet store.

The company wants the city to let Nike hire off-duty police officers who can arrest shoplifters at its Portland stores or it wants to work out a deal where Nike pays the city to hire more police officers. businessinsider.com

Safety is a Top Retail Priority as Store Shootings Become More Common
Tops markets shares security improvements following mass shooting
Ten people died and three were injured in a mass shooting May 14, 2022, at Tops Market in Buffalo, N.Y. When the store reopened July 15, in addition to store renovations, Tops made safety a priority, and measures implemented include:

Increased professional security coverage inside and outside

Collaboration with the City of Buffalo for installation of a Buffalo Safe Cam Surveillance Camera to oversee adjacent intersections

Enhanced video and alarm monitoring systems

Installation of an emergency evacuation alarm system designed to activate security measures and simultaneously notify local authorities

Additional emergency exit above and beyond building code

New and additional LED lighting in the parking lot and around the building's perimeter

Improved egress points and markings in the store

Improved sight lines and openness of the sales floor winsightgrocerybusiness.com

More and More Mass Killings Linked to Extremism
'We live in an age of extremist mass killings'

US mass killings linked to extremism spiked over last decade
The number of U.S. mass killings linked to extremism over the past decade was at least three times higher than the total from any other 10-year period since the 1970s, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

The report, provided to The Associated Press ahead of its public release Thursday, also found that all extremist killings identified in 2022 were linked to right-wing extremism, with an especially high number linked to white supremacy. They include a racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 Black shoppers dead and a mass shooting that killed five people at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in an age of extremist mass killings," the report from the group's Center on Extremism says.

Between two and seven domestic extremism-related mass killings occurred every decade from the 1970s to the 2000s, but in the 2010s that number skyrocketed to 21, the report found. The trend has since continued with five domestic extremist mass killings in 2021 and 2022, as many as there were during the first decade of the new millennium.

The number of victims has risen as well. Between 2010 and 2020, 164 people died in ideological extremist-related mass killings, according to the report. That's much more than in any other decade except the 1990s, when the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people.

Extremist killings are those carried out by people with ties to extreme movements and ideologies. apnews.com

States Taking Action to Reduce Mass Shootings
States look to remove legal protections for gun industry amid mass shootings
Lawmakers in Colorado and at least six other states are considering changing that, proposing bills to roll back legal protections for gun manufacturers and dealers that have kept the industry at arm's length from questions of blame.

California, New York, Delaware and New Jersey have passed similar legislation in the last three years.

A draft version of Colorado's bill, expected to be introduced Thursday, not only repeals the state's 2000 law - which broadly keeps firearm companies from being held liable for violence perpetrated with their products - but also outlines a code of conduct that, in part, targets how companies design and market firearms.

Colorado is joined by Hawaii, New Hampshire, Virginia, Washington, New Mexico and Maryland, which are considering similar bills.

While the firearm industry is still largely shielded from liability under federal law, the bill in Colorado would make it easier for victims of gun violence to file civil suits, such as the one lodged against Remington in 2015 - the company that made the rifle used in the the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. pbs.org

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COVID's Lasting Business Impact

Did Mask Mandates Make a Difference? New Analysis Says 'No'
Opinion: The Mask Mandates Did Nothing. Will Any Lessons Be Learned?
The most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of masks for reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses - including Covid-19 - was published late last month. Its conclusions, said Tom Jefferson, the Oxford epidemiologist who is its lead author, were unambiguous.

"There is just no evidence that they" - masks - "make any difference," he told the journalist Maryanne Demasi. "Full stop."

But, wait, hold on. What about N-95 masks, as opposed to lower-quality surgical or cloth masks? "Makes no difference - none of it," said Jefferson. What about the studies that initially persuaded policymakers to impose mask mandates? "They were convinced by nonrandomized studies, flawed observational studies."

What about the utility of masks in conjunction with other preventive measures, such as hand hygiene, physical distancing or air filtration? "There's no evidence that many of these things make any difference."

These observations don't come from just anywhere. Jefferson and 11 colleagues conducted the study for Cochrane, a British nonprofit that is widely considered the gold standard for its reviews of health care data.

When it comes to the population-level benefits of masking, the verdict is in: Mask mandates were a bust. Those skeptics who were furiously mocked as cranks and occasionally censored as "misinformers" for opposing mandates were right. The mainstream experts and pundits who supported mandates were wrong. nytimes.com

Vaccine Mandates Weren't Effective Either, Another Study Says
George Mason study finds 'no evidence' that vaccine mandates in major cities reduced COVID-19 cases
A new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University concluded that COVID-19 vaccine mandates in nine major cities did not appear to make a difference in terms of curbing cases deaths from the pandemic.

The study examined mandates and statistics from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.

"We find no evidence that the announcement or implementation of indoor vaccine mandate in the cities listed had any significant effect on vaccine uptake, COVID-19 cases, or COVID-19 deaths, and this is largely consistent for all US cities that implemented the mandate," said a working paper on the study, titled, "Indoor Vaccine Mandates in US Cities, Vaccination Behavior, and COVID-19 Outcomes."

The authors, Vitor Melo, Elijah Neilson, and Dorothy Kemboi, noted that vaccine mandates were among a number of measures used with the intention of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and deaths from the illness. As a result, they said, "[m]illions of people were prevented from entering restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, sports arenas, and other public indoor areas without proof of COVID-19 vaccination," with people and businesses facing "large disruptions."

A key reason for why city-wide mandates were not effective, the study found, is that they are too easy to get around. foxnews.com

The Post-COVID Remote Work Market Has Stabilized
Work From Home: Will 25-30% Be New Normal?
First up this week: 30% of all working days in the U.S. are still at home. That's down from its peak of 60% in mid-2020, but still way up from the pre-pandemic position of 5%. According to the academics at WFH Research and SWAA, the curve is flattening, approaching what looks like an equilibrium.

Analysis: Be careful what you wish for

Naturally, the proportion of dev work done remotely will be higher. But some of this is the home-working component of a hybrid arrangement-often put in place for no good reason. And the danger is that remote work is usually offshorable work.

"Logical conclusion: ... No office at all"

Nearly 30 percent of all work happened at home in January, six times the rate in 2019. ... In Washington and other large urban centers, the share of remote work is closer to half. In the nation's biggest cities, entire office buildings sit empty.

Last spring, the back-to-the-office movement hit a wall, and the work-from-home population stabilized around 30 percent ... Workers love it. Employers have learned to live with it.

Why so surprised? Tony Isaac isn't:

There are a whole lot of jobs that, 30 years ago, could not be done from home, but now can be. It doesn't seem so odd to me that many types of work don't produce a physical thing. Technology has been making this transition possible for many decades now. devops.com

US ending extra help for groceries that started during COVID
Nearly 30 million Americans who got extra government help with grocery bills during the pandemic will soon see that aid shrink - and there's a big push to make sure they're not surprised.

Officials in 32 states and other jurisdictions have been using texts, voicemails, snail mail, flyers and social media posts - all in multiple languages - to let recipients know that their extra food stamps end after February's payments. apnews.com

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300+ Violations, 500 Inspections at Dollar Tree & Family Dollar Stores Since 2017
The latest fine will cost the discount retailer $254K in fines

Business as usual: Mount Pleasant, Texas, Dollar Tree inspection finds storeroom exits blocked, boxes stacked dangerously

National discount retailer faces another $254K in fines for workplace safety failures

DALLAS - Soon after federal workplace safety inspectors arrived at a Dollar Tree store in Mount Pleasant, Texas, they found the national discount retailer again shortchanging employee safety - continuing a pattern of disregard dating back to 2017 - by allowing storeroom merchandise to block exits and walkways and stacking boxes high enough to fall on workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Dollar Tree Inc. for three repeat violations and proposed $254,478 in penalties for the company's latest workplace safety infractions. On Sept. 7, 2022, OSHA opened an inspection at the Mount Pleasant store and found blocked exit routes that exposed employees to fire hazards. They also discovered boxes stacked at unstable heights with the potential to seriously injure workers.

The inspection also noted the company failed to keep passageways, storerooms, service rooms and walking-working surfaces clean, orderly and sanitary.

"In the event of an emergency, workers and others must have fast and safe access to unblocked exit routes," explained OSHA Regional Administrator Eric S. Harbin in Dallas. "Our inspectors found merchandise and other equipment blocking walkways and an emergency exit, this time in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Retailers like Dollar Tree that fail to make sure their stores' storage areas are organized and safe are endangering everyone who works and shops there."

Since 2017, federal and state OSHA programs identified more than 300 violations in more than 500 inspections at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores operated by Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Blocked exit routes, unsafe working areas and unsafely stacked boxes and merchandise are all-too-commonly found by workplace safety inspectors. osha.gov

Deep Dive Into OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program
OSHA Ramping Up Enforcement of Workplace Safety Violations
In the third quarter of 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they were expanding criteria for placement on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).

The expansion of criteria for being entered into this program allows OSHA to conduct more rigorous enforcement before violators cause irreversible harm to their workforce. We'll review the role of OSHA, what the new SVEP criteria are, and how you can ensure your organization remains OSHA-compliant.

OSHA's Authority in the United States

OSHA has jurisdiction over 7 million worksites within the geographic boundaries of the United States. Employers who operate within this jurisdiction typically maintain compliance through regular record-keeping and mandated reporting.

OSHA has the authority to conduct in-person investigations for several reasons including notification of severe risk to workers, repeated injury claims, and reported fatalities. OSHA prioritizes inspections based on urgency, from imminent danger situations through follow-up inspections.

The Severe Violator Enforcement Program

The SVEP was established in 2010 to enable the concentration of investigative and enforcement resources to focus on the most "recalcitrant employers who demonstrate indifference to the health and safety of their employees through willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations of the OSH Act."

New criteria for being placed in the SVEP

One of the most significant changes to the criteria is that organizations be placed in the SVEP after at least two willful, repeat, or failure-to-abate high-gravity violations of OSHA standards, regardless of hospitalization or fatality. This change is likely to result in more organizations being added to the SVEP list. accesswire.com

The Starbucks Union Fight
Judge Scales Back Ruling Against Starbucks in Union Fight

After barring Starbucks from firing any U.S.-based worker over labor activity, a federal judge said he had erred and limited the action to one store.

It was the most sweeping intervention by a court in the 18-month campaign to unionize Starbucks: Last week, a federal judge in Michigan issued an order blocking Starbucks from firing any U.S. worker because they engaged in collective action, like seeking to form a union.

Union supporters cheered. Starbucks seemed taken aback, calling the order "extraordinary" and "unwarranted" and denying that the company had broken the law.

But a few days later, the judge, Mark A. Goldsmith, announced that he had made certain unspecified "errors" and withdrew his earlier injunction. On Thursday, Judge Goldsmith issued a new injunction - only this time it was limited to a store in Michigan where a worker said she had been fired for her involvement in union organizing. The injunction's national scope had vanished.

As a result, Judge Goldsmith concluded, the evidence supported an injunction only at a store in Ann Arbor, Mich., where a labor board judge found in October that a worker had illegally been fired. nytimes.com

Top Retail Foot Traffic Winners
Placer.ai: These four retailers are ruling the roost
Discount and dollar (extreme-discount) stores won the hearts of many shoppers during the pandemic - and have since held onto them.

Four players that dominate the discount and dollar (extreme discount) store space - Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General and Five Below - were among the biggest foot traffic winners throughout the pandemic and 2022, according to foot traffic analytics firm Placer.ai.

The report also shows that visits to discount and dollar stores are outpacing visits to shopping centers, grocery stores and superstores as of January 2023. But that's not new - the sector has been beating the others in terms of foot traffic going back to January 2020, noted Placer.ai. chainstoreage.com

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In Case You Missed It: RH-ISAC Benchmark Reports

Cybersecurity Budgets Increase for Retail & Hospitality Industry

Despite economic headwinds and layoffs in other areas, most retail and hospitality CISOs expect to add staff in 2023, according to a new report.

Vienna, VA (January 25, 2023) - Information security teams have always had to do more with less, but 2023 might be the year when they are able to do more with more. Riding a three-year trend, 70% of CISOs expect their budgets to increase again this year, while 60% also expect more FTEs, according to the CISO Benchmark Report released today from the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC).

The annual report surveys cybersecurity leaders from consumer-facing industries to assess data about budgets, personnel, and organizational priorities.

The increase in budget and personnel reflects how cybersecurity has grown as a critical part of business operations in many organizations. This year, business disruption emerged as a top 10 (No. 7) risk that organizations currently face, up seven spots from No. 14 in 2021. Similarly, 50% of CISOs now have business continuity/disaster recovery as part of their core responsibilities, an increase of 11 percentage points since last year.

New this year is an additional benchmark report from RH-ISAC that survey cybersecurity practitioners to understand the challenges and priorities staff have in executing daily job functions.

Key insights from the Practitioner Benchmark Report include:

83% serve more than one job function, which means that employees have a valuable and diverse skill set across security operations (76%), threat intelligence (66%), and risk management (66%)

93% believe they have the necessary skill sets to perform their job effectively

"The retail and hospitality industries are constantly evolving, and so are the cybersecurity challenges they face," said Suzie Squier, president of RH-ISAC. "The RH-ISAC Benchmark Reports provide valuable insights and actionable information for CISOs and other information security professionals to stay informed about trends and resource allocation among infosec teams."

The full reports are available to RH-ISAC members, and summary versions of each report are available to download: CISO Benchmark Report | Practitioner Benchmark Report

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From Russia With Love
Russian national accused of developing, selling malware appears in U.S. court

Dariy Pankov faces up to 47 years in prison on charges linked to credential sales and offering access to the NLBrute malware.

A Russian national accused of developing and licensing the "NLBrute" malware and selling at least 35,000 compromised logins appeared in a Florida federal court on Tuesday facing charges of conspiracy, access device fraud and computer fraud.

Dariy Pankov, also known as "dpxaker," was arrested in the Republic of Georgia on Oct. 4, 2022 and was recently extradited to the United States, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg said in a statement Wednesday. Pankov faces a maximum of 47 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts, Handberg said.

Pankov stands accused of developing NLBrute - also known as nl.exe or nlbrute.exe - and advertising it for sale on an underground forum as early as June 2016, according to an indictment unsealed this week. During that time he also sold more than 35,000 compromised login credentials for access to systems around the world, including in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia. At least two of those sales were to undercover U.S. law enforcement officers, according to the indictment, and involved login credentials for two separate Florida-based law firms.

Credentials sold by Pankov were "used to facilitate a wide range of illegal activity, including ransomware attacks and tax fraud," Handberg's statement said.

Between August 2016 and January 2019 Pankov netted nearly $360,000 from both credential sales and offering access to NLBrute, prosecutors allege. The indictment was originally filed in April 2019 and includes notice that the government intends to take $358,437 in restitution.

"Mr. Pankov maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court," his attorney, Igor Litvak, told CyberScoop in an email. "He has plead not guilty."  cyberscoop.com

Cybersecurity Workers Least Affected by Tech Layoffs
Cybersecurity layoffs in 2023: What to expect?
The economic downturn predicted for 2023 will lead to layoffs but cybersecurity workers will be least affected, says the latest (ISC)² report. Also, as soon as things get better, they will likely be the first ones to get (re)hired.

Execs have realized the importance of cybersecurity

Advertisement"Asked to rank business functions most likely be involved in a first round of layoffs, 31% of respondents cited cybersecurity as the least likely to be impacted. In comparison, a far higher number of respondents ranked HR (44%), sales (41%) and operations (40%) higher for likely job cuts," (ISC)² noted.

When asked why are cybersecurity roles less likely to be on the chopping block, respondents' answers included:

• A bad economy = more people out for work = increase in cybercrime / rise of cybersecurity threats

• We can't risk getting breached, cybersecurity is critical for the functioning and prosperity of our business

Factors playing a role in potential 2023 cybersecurity layoffs

Judging by the respondents' answers, junior cybersecurity staff is more likely (63%) to get the ax than senior team members (41%), managers (29%) and cybersecurity executives (21%).

And when executives evaluate who will be laid off, job performance will be the most important factor (50%), followed by expertise/skill set (49%), skill redundancy (43%), diversity/team composition (37%), and salary (30%).

But cybersecurity workers will also be among the first ones to get (re)hired again once the exonomic situation improves, followed by IT and R&D workers.  helpnetsecurity.com

Tech, People & Procedures to be Cyber Ready
Benefits of proactive cyberthreat preparation

As cyberattacks increase in number and severity, it's important to stay up to date on the latest technology solutions and best operating practices.

Matthew Trushinski, vice president for product marketing at Arctic Wolf Networks and Patty Ryan, senior director and chief information security officer at QuidelOrtho, joined CyberScoop to give their insights on how organizations can prepare for cyber threats with proactive readiness.

"Getting proactive is everywhere from having a plan - to having technologies, policies, procedures and people in place to be able to respond that ... all the way to having technologies bought and integrated and attack surface visibility to make sure that you understand how someone might get in your critical assets, what they might obtain, and how you would react to and keep your either business or organization running during that time," says Trushinski.

Ryan says that "preparedness" is not only about technology and IT but the people. She says it's essential to ensure "leadership understands their role in governance and accountability with regards to security, their need for supporting the security program, and understand that they are part of the toning culture, of a security by design across the organization."

She also shared that QuidelOrtho regularly holds tabletop exercises and most recently held one of their chief executives. She says it was "eye-opening for them to see how a scenario could evolve." She said that during the exercise, they brought the different executives in real-time, briefing them and having them make decisions with constant scenario changes.

Trushinski and Ryan further explain the right capabilities an organization needs to have to detect and respond to breaches to minimize risks, be resilient to an attack, and prevent more in the future. "Proper vulnerability management and prioritization is a huge component of being resilient," says Trushinski, while Ryan stresses the importance of engaging c-suite decision-makers. cyberscoop.com

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OSHA's Amazon Warehouse Crackdown Continues
US Department of Labor cites Amazon for again exposing workers to ergonomic hazards, this time at Colorado Springs delivery station

Findings mark the 7th location found ignoring well-known hazards

Federal workplace safety inspectors, once again, found that the world's largest e-commerce company exposed workers to hazardous conditions at one of its distribution centers.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Amazon for exposing workers to ergonomic hazards at a company facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The facility is a delivery site that processes 5,000-10,000 packages per hour and receives about 50,000 packages per day.

The Aug. 16, 2022, inspection came in response to an employee complaint of musculoskeletal disorders related to the site's processing speed and blocked fire exits. OSHA has proposed $15,625 in penalties, an amount set by federal statute.

"We continue to find that Amazon's work processes are designed for speed, not safety, and that these processes cause serious injuries to workers," explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. "Amazon needs to focus more of its passion for innovation and performance on eliminating the hazards that injure workers."

The citations mark the third time in 2023 OSHA has taken such action against Amazon. On Jan. 18, 2023, and Feb. 1, 2023, the agency cited Amazon and issued hazard alert letters for similar violations at six warehouse facilities in Deltona, Florida; Waukegan, Illinois; New Windsor and Castleton, New York; Nampa, Idaho; and Aurora, Colorado. These inspections followed referrals from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Amazon has 15 business days from receipt of the current citations and proposed penalty to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. osha.gov

Amazon's 'Employee Revolt' Continues
Inside the Employee Revolt Rocking Amazon

Management is bungling an effort to return workers to the office, some employees say.

On Monday, as Amazon's corporate employees were griping about an abrupt change to its remote-work policies, a company vice president sent an email to their team in an effort to tamp down the uprising. The email acknowledged the workers' frustration, a person familiar with its contents said. Then it took a bizarre turn.

The vice president instructed an artificial-intelligence-powered chatbot called ChatGPT to create an imaginary "story about important and organic learnings in the work place," in an apparent attempt at inspiration.

Thousands Petition Amazon

Thousands of Amazon staffers are resisting the return-to-office mandate, which was announced Friday and is set to go into effect on May 1. As of early Wednesday afternoon, more than 20,000 people had joined a Slack channel to discuss the change, while roughly 10,000 people had signed a petition calling for CEO Andy Jassy to reverse course.

The new policy "caught everyone by surprise," another current employee said. Just days earlier, Amazon held an all-hands meeting but made no mention of the shift. When Jassy finally announced the new policy, he did so by quietly posting a memo to the company intranet, according to multiple workers.

"They just snuck it on," said one employee, who found out about the memo because "someone on my team just happened to look at it." Comments on the memo were also disabled, multiple staffers added, and even some high-level managers seemingly didn't know about the new policy in advance.

Once news spread, an employee recalled, "immediately all of our internal slacks just started blowing up, like, 'No, we're not going back.'"

Amid the frustration, another theory is brewing among some disgruntled workers: that the new mandate was designed-or at least motivated-by a desire to encourage more employees to quit, thereby reducing overhead without needing to pay severance. Workers have already endured two major rounds of layoffs since the fall.

"It kind of feels like the Hunger Games," one weary staffer said. thedailybeast.com

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San Diego County, CA: Update: Smash-'n'-Grab Sunglass Thieves Sentenced For San Diego County Spree
Two men who committed a series of brazen organized retail theft crimes at Sunglass Hut locations and other high-end stores across San Diego County were sentenced Thursday to three years and eight months in state prison, prosecutors said. Ernesto Louis Cruz, 27, and Jordan Guzman Lopez, 27, both pleaded guilty to robbery and grand theft charges, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan stated. Cruz and Lopez stole hundreds of pairs of sunglasses worth $238,847 from nine Sunglass Hut store locations, targeting some more than once, per the district attorney. The other robberies include more than $4,000 in Nordstrom Rack shoes, $7,000+ in merchandise from Bloomingdales and over $6,000 in jackets from Burberry. timesofsandiego.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL: $30K in jewelry stolen in distraction theft at Galleria Mall Macy's; 4 at large
A group of thieves carried out a high-priced heist at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, walking out of a department store with tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry. Fort Lauderdale Police on Thursday released surveillance video of the four people who, they believe, stole roughly $30,000 worth of jewelry from the Macy's at the shopping center, located along the 2300 block of East Sunrise Boulevard, Saturday afternoon. Detectives said the three men and a woman captured in the security footage worked together to rob the store at around 5 p.m. The surveillance video showed two of the men speaking with a Macy's employee. Detectives said the pair were distracting the employee so that the other two subjects had enough time to open a jewelry case, grab the merchandise and walk out. wsvn.com

New Hartford, NY: Police searching for suspects in Home Depot theft
New Hartford police are searching for a man and a woman suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Home Depot on French Road. The theft happened on Feb. 6. Photos of the suspects were captured from the store's surveillance video and posted to social media on Wednesday in an effort to help identify and locate them.  wktv.com

GameStop Offers $5,000 Reward To Stop PS5 Crime Spree
The good thing about the PlayStation 5 shortage being over now is that people who want the consoles can finally buy them. The bad news is that it's also apparently led to an uptick in GameStop robberies as thieves target the pricey and easy-to-flip consoles. GameStop's answer? A $5,000 reward for catching thieves, even as company cutbacks leave many employees to fend for themselves. Kotaku recently reported on a Northeastern Pennsylvania store where thieves made off with 10 PS5s at $500 each, but it's far from the only recent incident. Polygon points out that nearly 30 GameStops were robbed in the last months according to local news reports. While that's only one percent of all of the stores in the U.S., it's a potentially troubling trend for employees increasingly tasked with being the sole person on shift due to cutbacks in hours, layoffs, and issues with attrition.  finance.yahoo.com

Acadia Parish, LA: Man Wanted by Acadia Crime Stoppers for $10,000 Burglary & Felony Theft
Duson Police Chief Kip Judice tells us that this week's Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish segment centers around a man who is alleged to have stolen well over $10,000 worth of merchandise. Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers officials are seeking help in finding Kevin Blanchard, II for Burglary and Felony theft.  kpel965.com

Escambia County, FL: Female Walmart Shoplifter Charged With $700 Felony Theft, Possessing Device To Avoid Detection, 3 Prior convictions

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Shootings & Deaths

San Antonio, TX: Man dies after being gunned down outside Walmart
The deadly shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walmart off Southeast Military Drive and Goliad Road. When police arrived, they found a man with two gunshot wounds to the chest. EMS workers tired to save him, but he died at the scene. Police said the shooting took place where store employees park their vehicles near the pharmacy drop-off area on the side of the building. Investigators spent the night working with store management to review video from all the surveillance cameras around the Walmart to help them see who shot the man. Police are looking for a 4-door sedan that was seen leaving the area. news4sanantonio.com

Fontana, CA: Man killed at San Bernardino County gas station
A person was shot and killed at an Arco gas station in Fontana, according to authorities. Fontana police responded to a call for a gunshot victim shortly after midnight. Authorities responded to the 6500 block of Citrus Ave. and found a male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. It appears that family members of the deceased arrived on the scene and Fontana police didn't have the decency to cover his body as onlookers gathered. There is no motive or description of suspects at this time. 2urbangirls.com

Fairfax County, VA: Update: Man stole designer sunglasses before fatal police shooting at Tysons Corner Center
Fairfax County police say a Washington, D.C. man shot by officers outside Tysons Corner Center on Wednesday night had stolen sunglasses and fled when an anti-theft alarm went off. Police from the Tyson Urban Team were called to Nordstrom about 6:30 p.m. after asset protection employees reported a man was concealing designer sunglasses. "An officer observed the man exiting the store near a parking garage. As he exited the store, an anti-theft alarm was activated as he fled," Fairfax County police said in a news release.

Timothy McCree Johnson, 37, of Washington D.C., ran through the parking garage, across the parking lot and into a wooded area while the officers gave him commands to get on the ground, the release said. "Officers continued into the wood line giving verbal commands. While in the wooded area, two officers discharged their firearms striking Johnson in the chest one time," the release said. Police Chief Kevin Davis on Wednesday night said it was unclear if Johnson was armed. Thursday afternoon's news release made no mention of whether he was armed or if any weapons were found at the scene. After the shooting, officers immediately rendered aid until Fairfax County Fire and Rescue arrived. Johnson was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Davis said Johnson was "well known to law enforcement in the national capital region and he has a violent criminal history." Johnson's criminal history wasn't immediately available Thursday afternoon. The officers involved in the shooting were a 7-year veteran and an 8-year veteran both assigned to the Tysons Urban Team. insidenova.com

Anderson, IN: Armed robbery at Anderson Walmart results in shots fired
Anderson police are investigating after multiple shots were fired during an armed robbery Thursday in a Walmart parking lot. According to the Anderson Police Department, officers were called around 5 p.m. to the Walmart store on Charles Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, APD officers found no people injured but secured the area. Upon further investigation, APD found the victims involved the incident who said that they were loading groceries into their car when a Black male approached them. The man, police said, sold the victims candy and said he needed money for his sick daughter. A short while after the victims gave the man money, APD said he returned to the victims' car and this time was wearing a face mask. The man allegedly was armed with a handgun and demanded all of the victims' money. During the robbery, APD said multiple shots were fired. No one was injured by the gunfire. The suspect, according to police, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash taken from the victims.  timesofsandiego.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man Shoots Philly Store Manager Following Dispute Over Gravy
A woman pulled out a gun and tried to shoot a security guard while the man she was with shot a manager in the face following a dispute over a can of gravy inside a Philadelphia store, police said. The ordeal began on February 19 shortly before 6:30 p.m. inside a Save A Lot store on 6301 Chew Avenue. Investigators said a man and a woman began arguing with a store manager because the business did not have a can of gravy that they wanted. As the argument continued, the manager asked for help from the store's security guard. The woman then allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the guard. Police said the guard disarmed the woman and disabled the weapon. The guard and manager then tried to escort both the man and woman outside the store and a struggle ensued, police said. The man then pulled out his own weapon and pointed it at the security guard, police said. The guard and manager were then able to force the man and woman out of the store, according to investigators. Police said the man then demanded that the security guard give the woman's gun back to her. The guard then gave the woman back her weapon which he had disabled, according to investigators.  nbcphiladelphia.com

Greenville, NC: Attempted robbery goes awry as Victim shoots would-be robber, three arrested
Three men were arrested and one was shot after an attempted armed robbery in Greenville Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Police said it happened in the parking lot of the ABC Store on E. 10th Street. Police said a victim of the robbery shot one of the suspects during the robbery. Later, police matched a vehicle to a description near Golden Road, chased it and tried to stop it. wcti12.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Covington, WA: Video shows suspect crash stolen Kia into Cigar store for smash-and-grab theft
Sheriff's deputies in Washington are looking for a man accused of crashing a stolen Kia into a business early Wednesday morning to rob it. Surveillance video shows the SUV smashing into the front of Cigar Land in King County several times before breaking through the glass entirely. The driver of the stolen Kia gets out of the car, now parked inside the store, and begins throwing cigarette cartons into the vehicle. Just as King County Sheriff's Office deputies arrive and appear to have the suspect blocked inside the store, the thief crashes the stolen vehicle even farther into the business, before reversing out the front, smashing through windows and driving around the deputy's vehicle to escape.  foxnews.com

Walhalla, SC: Police Arrest Fast Food Employee For Allegedly Going On Rampage, Throwing Hot Grease In Co-Worker's Face
An intoxicated South Carolina fast food employee was arrested after he allegedly attacked three co-workers, throwing hot grease at one employee. Police officers on Feb. 17 responded to a Zaxby's restaurant in Walhalla, South Carolina, after reports of an altercation, Fox Carolina reported. Upon arrival, the store's manager said the suspect attacked three co-workers, dousing one with hot grease. The suspect, 49 year old ,Thomas Cobb, told officers he was drinking alcohol at work before assaulting his co-workers after an argument broke out. Cobb claims he did not realize the grease was hot when he threw it at one of the victims. The other two victims said they were physically assaulted by Cobb. One female co-worker said Cobb hit her and a male victim claims Cobb grabbed his throat. The police took Cobb into custody and he is being charged with two counts of assault, third-degree battery, and a single count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.  dailycaller.com

Sun Prairie, WI: Suspect in attempted armed robbery of Sun Prairie McDonald's drive-thru arrested

San Francisco, CA: Armed Robbers Stormed His Packed San Francisco Coffee Shop. Now He Wants Action

Athens, OH: Mail theft scheme in Athens County sees 3 suspects named

Cullman, AL: Former Alabama Walmart employee arrested for production of child pornography inside store

UK: Tesco puts security tags on own-brand HONEY as cost of living sees shoplifting soar



C-Store - Sumner, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mission Hills, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Altoona, PA - Burglary
Cellphone - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Dollar - Youngstown, OH - Robbery
Dollar - Carteret County, NC - Robbery
Dollar - Martin, TN - Robbery
Gas Station - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Merced County, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Beaumont, TX - Robbery
Grocery - Mobile, AL - Robbery
Hardware - New Hartford, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
• Jewelry - Cypress, TX - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Greenville, NC - Armed Robbery / Sups wounded
Liquor - Rochester, NY - Burglary
Macy's - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Buda, TX - Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Bossier City, LA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - New York, NY - Burglary
Restaurant- New York, NY - Burglary
Sports - Suffolk County, NY - Burglary
Tobacco - Covington, WA - Burglary
Tobacco - Sumner, WA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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