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February's Moving Ups

24 New Senior LP's - 12 Promotions - 12 Appointments

ADT Commercial named Bernard Brown National Accounts Program Manager
Amazon promoted David Mosser, LPC to Physical Security Program Manager - Northeast, United States
Amazon named Quincy Howard Manager, Internal Audit - Forensic & Fraud
AutoZone named Daniel May Director of Safety & Environmental Programs
Burlington Stores named Colin Gubernick Corporate Investigations Coordinator
Casey's named Anthony Kuisle Enterprise Asset Protection Operations Manager
Hanwha Techwin names Kevin Darnell Retail Business Development Mgr for retail sector in N. America
Harbor Freight Tools promoted Thomas Price III to Senior Corporate LP Manager
Harris Teeter promoted Michael Magrum, CFI, LPC to Senior Director of Asset Protection
Harris Teeter promoted Justin Maiorana, CFI, LPC to Senior Manager of Asset Protection
HS Brands names Sheila Rivera Global Financial Controller
Hudson's Bay Company named George Lembessis Divisional Vice President, Asset Protection
Loss Prevention Foundation Names Jennifer Schaefer, LPC as Newest Member of Advisory Council
Macy's promoted David Rogers to Senior Director of Market AP Leadership & Training
Mattress Firm named John Rangel Manager of Physical Securities
Mister Car Wash named Robert Glen Bolton, CFI Division Safety & Loss Prevention Manager - East US
Old Navy promoted Brit Hehn to Director of Loss Prevention Operations/LP Field Mexico
Public Storage named Jeffrey Cox Vice President, Loss Prevention
Ross Stores, Inc. promoted Robby Saylor to Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager
Staples Stores promoted Edward Turner to Mgr of Fraud, Workplace Violence & Physical Security
Target promoted Mike Andreotti to Sr. Director Assets Protection
T-Mobile promoted Tracy Abrahamowicz, LPC to Senior Manager, Asset Protection
Wakefern Food promoted Edward Coloske to Senior Asset Protection Supervisor
Walmart promoted Sharon Curry to Dir. of Investigations, Workplace & Global Investigations

Jason Davies CFI, CORCI, SMIA promoted to Director of ORC & Special Investigations for Rite Aid

Before being promoted to Director of ORC & Special Investigations for Rite Aid, Jason served as National Manager of ORC & Special Investigations for the company. He also served a brief stint as Director of Law Enforcement Intelligence for Skopenow. Prior to that, he spent nearly a year with Macy's as Director of ORC & Central Investigations. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of ORC Investigations for the Zellman Group and Senior Special Investigator for Target. Congratulations, Jason!

Eric Sira promoted to Senior Manager of Physical Security
for Rite Aid

Eric has been with Rite Aid for nearly five years, starting with the company in 2016 as an Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Senior Manager of Physical Security, he spent nearly two years as Senior Manager Asset Protection, Supply Chain. Before joining Rite Aid, he spent more than a year with Walmart as Area Asset Protection and Ops Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP/AP roles with Macy's, Target and Lowe's. Congratulations, Eric!

Jason Conaway promoted to Manager of Organized Retail Crime & Special Investigations for Rite Aid
Jason has been with Rite Aid for nearly eight years, starting with the company in 2013 as an Asset Protection District Leader. Before his promotion to Manager of Organized Retail Crime & Special Investigations, he spent two years as Sr. Leader of Investigations. Before joining Rite Aid, he spent more than 10 years with Kohl's as District Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he spent nine years with Target's LP team. Congratulations, Jason!

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RLPSA Registration Breaks All the Records

Annual Conference Kicks off Tomorrow in a 'To Go' Format

Over 700 people have registered to attend RLPSA's annual conference starting tomorrow, March 2 through March 4. This year, the event is being held in a 'To Go' format, which will provide the foodservice community a safe, economical, and valuable way to obtain critical loss prevention, safety, and risk content.

Check out the list of great speakers here


Violence & Protests

The World is Watching Minneapolis

George Floyd Murder Trial Begins March 8th

- Public Buildings/Offices Fortified -
- Thousands of Law Enforcement & National Guard -
- Businesses Boarded Up -
- Public Hearing Today at 10 am CT -

Downtown Minneapolis businesses torn: Project confidence or board up
for Derek Chauvin trial?

Some don't want to send a wrong message; others fear more damage could do them in.

Some of the downtown Minneapolis businesses are considering tacking protective plywood to their storefronts and sending staff home in anticipation of protests when former police officer Derek Chauvin stands trial for murder and manslaughter.

As one of the most significant police brutality trials in American history is scheduled to start soon, months after George Floyd's death, pandemic-squeezed business owners and building managers are torn between putting on a show of confidence by staying open or boarding up in case riots erupt.

Amid conflicting advice from city and neighborhood leaders, many are wondering whether authorities will make good on their promise to quell violence quickly, unlike last summer.

HCGC security measures and street closure

South 6th St. between 3rd Av. S. and 4th Av. S. and sidewalk access in downtown Minneapolis will be closed starting March 1. Access to HCGC will be limited to the parking garage checkpoint and a pedestrian access checkpoint.  startribune.com

Minn. Officials: Consider Boarding Up - Check Your Insurance
- Make Sure Security is Licensed

Minneapolis fortifies public buildings before Derek Chauvin trial
Minneapolis residents can expect to see more police officers and National Guard troops around the city, as elected officials move forward with security plans ahead of the first trial in George Floyd's death.

Crews have begun placing concrete barriers and other "fortifications" around government buildings, including police precinct stations.

A small number of National Guard members will soon be working downtown, testing radio systems in what police described as standard practice before jury selection begins March 8.

"Our business owners and residents along our main commercial corridors - whether that's Lake Street, Lyn-Lake, Washington, Broadway, Hennepin or the Nicollet Mall - can expect to see high-visibility patrols that would include local police and our National Guard soldiers," Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Erick Fors said in a news conference Wednesday morning.

State and local officials are moving forward with a plan to bring in thousands of police, sheriff's deputies and National Guard members - a decision welcomed by some who want a large law enforcement presence to thwart rioting but that worries others who fear that victims of police brutality will be retraumatized.

Robin McPherson, the police department's financial director, told council members Wednesday afternoon that the city expect the costs could run as high as $1.5 million.

The City Council is scheduled to host a virtual public meeting on trial preparation efforts at 10 a.m. Monday.

Minneapolis officials are also urging business owners to consider whether to board up their buildings, to make sure their insurance policies are up to date and cover their needs, and, if they hire private security, to use services licensed by the state. startribune.com

"Violent Behavior, Dangerous Behavior, Destructive-Type Behavior Will
Not Be Tolerated."

St. Paul police outline plan for possible unrest during Chauvin trial

Police and mutual aid agencies have been training at old Sears site.

Nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers and first responders have gone through specialized training in preparation for possible unrest spilling over into St. Paul during the first trial in George Floyd's death.

St. Paul Police Deputy Chief Stacy Murphy shared with the City Council on Wednesday the department's "robust" plan to "protect people, protect property and protect free speech" during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Jury selection begins March 8.

An east metro response group comprising the St. Paul police and fire departments; the State Patrol; the National Guard; and the sheriff's offices of Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties are partnering to protect residents including peaceful protesters, businesses and government buildings. Fencing is also being erected around law enforcement and government buildings to free up officers to respond to emergency calls if unrest ensues.

"This trial is going to draw people from across the country and possibly around the world," Murphy said. "We are very hopeful that they are going to remain peaceful, but we are planning for anything that may become not peaceful."

Murphy said protecting free speech is a top priority, but "we are going to be very clear that violent behavior, dangerous behavior, destructive-type behavior will not be tolerated."

Police have also been reaching out to business groups to discuss security measures including improving interior and exterior lighting, removing loose items that can be used to break windows, using security cameras and being prepared to share that footage with police when a crime occurs.

Council members asked a series of questions about protecting small businesses, avoiding racial profiling and the costs of fencing, but overall seemed receptive to the Police Department's advance preparations.

In addition to law enforcement coordination, the City Council is considering banning people gathered at public assemblies from carrying a variety of items that can be used as weapons, including bricks, glass bottles and pointed wooden staffs that can be camouflaged as flagpoles. The council will take public comments on that ordinance next week. startribune.com

Asian Hate Crimes Happening in San Francisco As Well
Hundreds rally in NYC to protest attacks on Asian Americans
Hundreds of people rallied in Lower Manhattan Saturday to protest increasing violence against Asian Americans.

"We will not accept hatred in New York City! Stop Asian hate. This is the message we have to get out not just in New York City, but all over this country. Stop Asian hate, stop it now," Mayor de Blasio told the crowd.

"People are literally scared to leave their homes," Meng said. "We've been taught our entire life to just fit in. Just be quiet, don't speak up, be invisible. If you are invisible enough you will be seen as American. But we are here to say we will be invisible no more! We will speak up! ... We are American, too." nypost.com


COVID Update

75,236,003 Vaccinations Given

US: Over 29M Cases - 525K Dead - 19.7M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 114M Cases - 2.5M Dead - 90M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 256
*Red indicates change in total deaths

A Few More Months & the Situation Could Be Much Better
Governors lift COVID-19 restrictions despite risks of new spike
Governors across the country are lifting coronavirus restrictions, including mask mandates and capacity limits, despite warning signs ahead of a new spike from virus variants.

The Biden administration on Friday raised new alarms about the need to keep restrictions in place. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing that data indicates recent declines in cases "may be stalling" in a "very concerning shift in the trajectory. "Things are tenuous," she said. "Now is not the time to relax restrictions."

AdvertisementThe White House is avoiding a face-off with governors by declining to call out specific states easing restrictions too soon. However, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for the coronavirus response, made it clear their advice contradicts several states recently moving ahead with downgrading lockdown measures.

"We couldn't say it in stronger terms: We think it is a mistake to take our foot off the gas too early, especially when we are accelerating our vaccination efforts right now," he said Friday.

In Massachusetts - there will no longer be any capacity limits on restaurants, and that indoor performance venues like concert halls can reopen at 50 percent capacity starting next week.

Republican governors in Iowa and Montana lifted statewide mask mandates earlier this month.

In Texas, Gov. said Thursday he is considering removing all statewide coronavirus orders, including the mask mandate.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday eased some limits, allowing bars at 30 percent capacity and restaurants at 50 percent.

New York Gov. allowed indoor dining to reopen at 25 percent capacity in New York City ahead of Valentine's Day.

Almost 60 percent of people over 75 have received at least one vaccine shot, and almost 50 percent of those over 65 have, according to the White House. But that still leaves significant percentages of those high-risk age groups who remain vulnerable.

If the country can get through a few more months, until vaccinations are more widespread, the situation could be much better by summer. thehill.com

Only 72% Effective in U.S.
FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot Vaccine
But the Johnson & Johnson shot also has a lower efficacy rate, leading some public health experts and government officials to worry that it will be viewed as substandard compared with the other vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson efficacy rate is 66 percent overall and 72 percent in the United States in preventing moderate to severe cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The vaccines by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech and by the biotech company Moderna are about 95 percent effective following their two-shot regimens.

For now, consumers are unlikely to have a choice of vaccines because there simply isn't enough supply. That is poised to change in coming months. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have committed to delivering a total of 220 million doses by the end of March. They say they have solved manufacturing challenges and are in a position to overcome scarcity that has hampered the nation's fight against the coronavirus.

"Dose for dose, this vaccine is as good as any of the other ones," said Paul Goepfert, director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic and one of the scientific leaders of the Johnson & Johnson trial, "I think the messaging needs to be this vaccine is comparable to the other two vaccines, and as soon as you have the availability [to take any vaccine], you should take it." washingtonpost.com

Experts 'Cautiously Optimistic'
Covid-19 Picture Brightens in U.S., but Virus Isn't Done Yet

Case counts have fallen from records but remain high, and vaccination effort races against variants

Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all sharply dropped in recent weeks as the country comes down from its deadliest surge yet, and vaccination campaigns are getting more shots into people's arms. Warmer weather is around the corner.

Yet the hard-won progress against the coronavirus pandemic remains fragile, public-health experts say. Case counts are still high and might be plateauing; current levels of built-up immunity aren't enough to safely drop precautions; and more dangerous variants are threatening to gain a foothold in the U.S. and exploit safety lapses.

"Things are tenuous. Now is not the time to relax restrictions," Rochelle Walensky, director CDC, said Friday. "We cannot get comfortable." wsj.com

No More Road Warriors & Reversing Cost-of-Living Adjustments
Pay Cuts, Taxes, Child Care: What Another Year of Remote Work Will Look Like

Here's how big companies are wrestling with thorny work-from-home issues.

Companies are anticipating another largely remote work year, and new questions about compensation and benefits are weighing on managers.

Discussions about the future of work, such as whether to reduce the salaries of employees who have left high-cost cities, are priority items in board meetings and senior executive sessions across industries, according to chief executives, board members and corporate advisers.

Among the questions companies are trying to resolve: Who should shoulder tax costs as employees move to new locations while working remotely? And what is the most effective way to support working parents?

Companies such as payments firm Stripe Inc. have offered employees leaving San Francisco, New York or Seattle the chance to relocate for a one-time bonus of $20,000 if they agree to a salary cut of up to 10%. Others, such as Microsoft Corp., have indicated that benefits and pay may change based on the company's compensation scale by location.

A number of Fortune 500 companies across industries are considering potential pay changes if an employee relocates from a city like San Francisco to Texas,

Some companies have offered Covid-related stipends that workers can use for anything from child care to workout equipment. Technology company Palo Alto Networks Inc. now offers workers an allowance of $1,000 that can be applied to a menu of options.

For workers who were accustomed to frequent business travel before the Covid-19 era, another question is emerging: Will their clients want visitors when the pandemic ends? wsj.com

Part of the Answer is 'Forcing Down Crime'
The Old New York Won't Come Back
It will be decades before we fully appreciate what the pandemic did to us, and I mean our entire society-our culture, power structures, social ways, economic realities.

Look at the cities. I'm not sure we see the implications of what has happened there. In New York we are witnessing, for the first time in a century and a half, the collapse of the commuter model. wsj.com

The office towers of Midtown are empty & You can't tax them higher for the privilege of being mugged.

If you love NYC this is a realistic, great visionary picture of what's happening there - Continue Reading

"Fourth Wave Resurgence Coming?"
Minnesota's COVID cases are down, but for how long?
Despite the decline, there's considerable uncertainty about whether it can be sustained, particularly as more contagious versions of the virus spread.

"We're seeing some increases in what is coming. ... We are by no means out of the woods yet," said Kris Ehresmann, the director for infectious diseases at the Minnesota Department of Health.

The pattern resembles seasonal flu with cases rising to a peak in winter before turning. Yet seasonal changes can't fully explain the drop, he said. Some countries in the southern hemisphere, where it is now summer, have seen a similar case declines.

Boulware said he worries that spring break travel might trigger more cases. Like Osterholm, he thinks the U.S. should strongly consider a delay in administering second doses of vaccines so more people can quickly receive first shots, giving them at least some protection.

Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccine immunology specialist at Mayo Clinic, believes we will see a fourth wave - a resurgence." startribune.com

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine: Finale

The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine, a 3-day virtual event, highlighted vaccination efforts at all levels of government, across non-governmental organizations and at the individual level. The Forum brought together COVID-19 vaccine practitioners and champions from across the country to

Watch video here

United States COVID-19 hospitalizations lowest since early November 2020

House Passes $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Plan

Feds Arrest 244 & 114 Sentenced - FIT Crackdown To Continue
Federal Prosecutions Demonstrate A Sustained Effort To Bring Law And Order To The Tenderloin District Of San Francisco
On August 7, 2019, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson announced a new federal initiative to address crime in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. The program, called the Federal Initiative for the Tenderloin (FIT), has brought together the resources of more than 15 federal law enforcement agencies to combat endemic drug trafficking, firearms offenses, robberies and other crime in the neighborhood. U.S. Attorney Anderson pledged to assign 15 federal prosecutors to handle cases brought against offenders violating federal law in the neighborhood.

The Tenderloin neighborhood encompasses about 50 square blocks of downtown San Francisco. "It is not fair to tolerate lawlessness in the Tenderloin that we simply would not accept in other neighborhoods in San Francisco. The good people of the Tenderloin should have equal access to schools, stores, transportation, and other services without having to run a gauntlet of crime."

Since announcing the initiative, cases have involved a broad array of criminal conduct ranging from mail theft to attempted murder. Cases brought against defendants also include charges of bank fraud, escape, firearms offenses, transportation of child pornography and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. So far, 244 defendants have been charged and 114 have been sentenced. Sixteen cases were resolved in just the past six months.

U.S. Attorney Anderson pledged to continue with the effort for a minimum of one year and there are no current plans to terminate or provide an end date for the initiative. justice.gov

Security at the forefront of reopening
How implementing facial recognition tech now can help bolster security later
In 2020, facial recognition technology may be a silver bullet for ensuring safety and security inside venues. In addition to fostering an environment free from crime, facial recognition can ensure a convenient and contactless entry method, as well as improve and streamline the customer experience. From a sales perspective, this technology can give security professionals an advantage in an especially challenging time.

Adding an Increased Level of Safety
Facial recognition technology offers venue managers an ability to keep fans safe from lewd or offensive behavior as well as harmful crimes. When installed as a security checkpoint before entry, this technology can be used to screen potentially risky individuals, who may have committed previous crimes that could cause an issue at a public gathering, before they enter. Whether this is a rowdy fan who picks fights, shoplifters, pickpockets, or other security hazards, facial recognition technology provides venue management teams with the advantage of preventative action

Preventing the Transmission of COVID-19
Some facial recognition systems can be paired with thermal scanning technology to prevent a patron with a fever from entering a facility. Additionally, these systems can be used to detect hotspots where people may have gathered together, so security can step in and help spread people out to a safe distance.

Over the past few years, some facial recognition technology has evolved to the point where it can detect faces despite masks and facial coverings. As a result, patrons who do not wear or remove required preventative facial coverings can be blocked from entering, reprimanded or asked to leave.

Enhancing the Consumer Experience - Ensuring Privacy and Proper Use of Data securitymagazine.com

If the Public Buys It - How Can They Deny It Elsewhere if Used Properly
Facebook weighs adding facial recognition to smart glasses
Facebook is weighing whether to add facial recognition technology to the smart glasses it's developing, one top executive says.

"It's really a debate we need to have with the public," Bosworth said during a Thursday Q&A on his Instagram page. "If people don't want this technology, we don't have to supply it. The product's going to be fine either way."

Bosworth spoke up publicly after BuzzFeed News reported that Facebook was examining whether it could legally build facial recognition features into the high-tech glasses it's planning to roll out later this year.

During a company meeting on Thursday, one Facebook employee asked whether people could "mark their faces as unsearchable" when smart glasses become widely used given fears about the technology leading to "real-world harm," according to the outlet.

In addition to those concerns, current state laws may prevent Facebook from allowing people who use its glasses to look up others based on images of their faces, Bosworth reportedly said in the meeting.

He noted on Twitter that facial recognition is a "hugely controversial topic and for good reason," but said the technology has some good practical uses "if it could be done in a way the public and regulators were comfortable with."

For instance, he said, it could help people who have prosopagnosia, a neurological condition that prevents them from recognizing others' faces. Or if you see someone you recognize but can't remember their name. nypost.com

Has McKinsey Lost Its Luster?
More tough headlines for the consulting firm.
Partners at McKinsey yesterday voted out their leader, Kevin Sneader, as the company deals with blowback over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis. It was the latest tough headline for the consulting firm, which may face growing threats to its status as a trusted adviser to companies and governments - and as a magnet for top talent.

Mr. Sneader was denied a second three-year term as global managing partner, weeks after McKinsey agreed to pay nearly $600 million to settle investigations by 49 states into sales advice it gave drug makers about opioid sales. It was the first time since 1976 that a McKinsey leader had failed to win a follow-on term.

McKinsey's reputation has taken a hit in recent years. Beyond the opioid crisis, the firm has been criticized for some high-profile missteps:

In 2019, McKinsey paid $15 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into its failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest in its corporate bankruptcy practice.

Concerns about the firm's culture could hurt its status as a premier destination for elite M.B.A. graduates, just as more budding business tycoons are favoring tech companies - whether for money, prestige or more progressive social cultures - over consulting and banking. nytimes.com

Last Weeks Big Prediction Worth Remembering:
NRF Forecasts Retail Sales to Exceed $4.33T in '21 as Vaccine Rollout Expands
Anticipating that retail sales will grow between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent to more than $4.33 trillion in 2021.

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of Risk Management job posted for Christmas Tree Shops in Union, NJ
The Director of Risk Management (RM) will develop and implement the shrink, safety, profit protection and crisis management programs across the Christmas Tree Shops enterprise. They will drive a culture of safety and loss mitigation throughout the stores, distribution center and corporate office. They will report into the Senior VP of Stores. Responsible for limiting the company's financial exposure to retail shrink and excessive damage rate. Responsible for the control and mitigation of GL/WC claims through training, leadership and accountability. linkedin.com

Last week's #1 article --

Capitol riot arrests: See who's been charged across the U.S.
Federal prosecutors continue to charge participants in the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, adding to dozens of arrests that took place in Washington D.C. that day.

USA TODAY is gathering details of those cases as the FBI continues to identify the people responsible for the attack that sent lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing to shelter.

Included are those arrested on charges federal prosecutors have filed since the riot, and those arrested by Capitol Police and D.C. Metro Police for entering the Capitol or for crimes related to weapons or violence.

See the full list of 240 individuals arrested so far here: usatoday.com


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Scholarships support certification for LP professionals and hopefuls

PITTSBURGH - Loss prevention professionals, as well as those who aspire to work in loss prevention in the United States and Canada, can apply for Vector Security Networks' annual Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarships now through March 31, 2021.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals or hopefuls seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly evolving industry.

More than 284 scholarships totaling $283,795 have been awarded since the program began. The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to those based in Canada.

"We are pleased to once again offer Vector Security Networks' LPF scholarships," said Gary Fraser, Vice President of Sales for Vector Security Networks. "As the security needs of multi-site businesses continue to evolve, it's important for loss prevention professionals to stay current on industry trends and solutions. Continuing education and certification in this field will help them meet the challenges of their profession."

Anyone who is currently in the loss prevention industry or has an interest in a career in loss prevention, can apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Details can be found at: https://www.vectorsecurity.com/lpf-vs-scholarship.

Applications for either an LPQ or an LPC scholarship can be submitted via the Loss Prevention Foundation website at: https://www.yourlpf.org/page/Vector_Security_Scholarship_2021.





Senior Job
Cloud Security Dir. job posted for McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, GA
In this role, you will define and implement the shared technical security architecture for our cloud estate, maintain accountability for the operational execution of its implementation and ensure security compliance is maintained within every McKinsey organization hosting products in the cloud, including ClienTech, our client-serving practices and Technology & Development (T&D). Your responsibilities will range from shaping and implementing strategic products to ensuring that McKinsey's craft stays on the leading edge of technology in cyber for the cloud. mckinsey.com

Adapting to Accelerating Attacks
Security + Fraud Protection: Your One-Two Punch Against Cyberattacks

When siloed functions unite in the face of cyberthreats, organizations can continue, uninterrupted, along their paths to digital transformation.

Over the past year, the pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation that was already well underway at many organizations. Of course, with more business being conducted online comes the potential for more online fraud - and fraudsters have wasted no time adapting their tactics to maximize their returns.

We, as defenders, must adapt as well. Traditionally, enterprise defenses were in silos, with three separate functions to handle three very important capabilities: Security - Fraud - Digital.

The time has come to replace those silos with a single, unified view of threats and risks. Whether or not we realize it, as attackers have adapted, the areas of security, fraud, and digital have effectively converged. Here are just a few examples of the convergence:

Account opening protection: With so much PII readily available on the underground at a relatively low cost, it is quite easy for fraudsters to open new accounts using the identities of others. To combat this threat, both controls and technology need to be put in place to identify when accounts are being opened fraudulently. This can't happen efficiently and effectively without security, fraud, and digital working together.

Account protection: Whether due to phishing, malware, social engineering, or otherwise, credentials get stolen at an alarming rate. Further, those credentials are readily available for purchase on the underground. Preventing credential theft is nearly impossible. On the other hand, detecting and preventing the fraud that occurs after credential theft, namely account takeover (ATO), is a challenge organizations can address through collaboration between teams and across technologies.
Payment protection: When attackers gain access to an account, they will often look to profit from it. In many cases, this involves setting up fraudulent payments. It is obviously preferable to detect and prevent fraud before the fraudster gets to this stage. Nonetheless, it should go without saying that organizations that work effectively across previously siloed functions stand a better chance of protecting payments than those that do not.

Friction reduction: Friction during the online experience increases user frustration, obstructs the flow of desired business processes, and ultimately leads to lost revenue and opportunities. In a siloed organization, the security, fraud, and digital teams may approach the issue of friction very differently, and often with completely different and competing interests. Fortunately, new technologies allow for friction reduction without increasing security risk. Organizations that have left the siloed world in favor of a unified view stand a better chance of being able to leverage these technologies as part of an overall fraud and friction reduction effort. darkreading.com

Fake Apple Support
Hacker allegedly posed as Apple Support to scam user out of $1,500
A Pennsylvania iPhone user claims that her call to Apple Support was intercepted by a hacker who proceeded to remotely install apps and transfer money out of her bank account.

Donna Francis, of Baden, in Beaver County, western Pennsylvania, says that she initially ignored an incoming call purporting to be from "Xfinity Apple Support." When she later called Xfinity directly, the company had no knowledge of her alleged call, and recommended that she phone Apple. Xfinity does not have an Apple support division.

With that information, the person on the phone persuaded Francis to allow the fraudster to remotely install software onto her iPhone. "Before I knew it," she continues, "he was opening up my Huntington [bank] account and I said, 'Why are you opening up my Huntington account?' He said, 'This is where I think they're taking money.'" appleinsider.com




President Weighs in on Amazon Union Push
Biden hails Amazon workers pressing to unionize in Alabama in
unusual sign of support

The president tweeted a video calling out warehouse workers in the process of voting to determine whether they will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

President Biden gave Amazon warehouse staff in Alabama fighting to join a union their biggest support yet, tweeting a video Sunday night saying workers should be able to make their decision in the election without pressure from the company.

More than 5,800 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are in the middle of a seven-week voting period to determine whether they want the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to represent them. Although Biden didn't name Amazon in the video, he made it clear that he supports the union drive.

He exhorted employers to refrain from taking any sort of steps that might pressure workers from supporting a union. "There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda," Biden said.

Biden's move to weigh in strongly supporting workers' rights to organize in the midst of such a high-profile campaign was a major break with historical precedent and another sign of his commitment to a campaign promise to be "the most pro-union president you've ever seen." washingtonpost.com

When Restaurants Re-Open Full-Speed
The Bubble Will Pop Big Time @ the Grocery Stores But Only Slightly Online

Just my opinion

In 2021, online grocery sales will surpass $100 billion

Grocery ecommerce will make up 12.4% of US ecommerce sales

Amid the pandemic, tens of millions of US consumers became online grocery buyers for the first time. In 2021, this behavior will go from trial to habit for many shoppers.

Online grocery sales grew 54.0% in 2020 to reach $95.82 billion.
That propelled it to a 12.0% share of total US ecommerce sales and 7.4% of all grocery sales.

The growth of grocery ecommerce sales can largely be attributed to first-time buyers entering the market. With a recent article pointing out the 65 and over group being the fastest growing and largest group now grocery shopping online and using delivery services. emarketer.com

New Survey Reveals How COVID-19 Has Impacted Grocery Shopping







Members of Identity Theft Ring Plead Guilty to Fraud Targeting Virginia ABC Stores
Two Norfolk men pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft as part of a scheme to purchase alcohol for resale from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) stores with stolen credit, debit, and pre-paid gift card numbers.

Dion Melton, 28, and Dominic Smith, 29, joined with two other men to defraud Virginia ABC stores by using credit, debit, and pre-paid gift cards re-encoded with the stolen financial information of identity theft victims. The conspirators obtained the stolen credit and debit card numbers by purchasing the numbers online,

Melton and Smith are scheduled to be sentenced on June 25. The conspiracy to commit wire fraud offense carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and the aggravated identity theft offense carries a mandatory consecutive term of two years in prison. justice.gov

Fraud Gang Using Stolen Cards at Various Retailers
Former Postal Service Employees Among Eleven Individuals Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Credit Cards From the Mail
Law enforcement uncovered the 18-month conspiracy through a federal investigation dubbed Operation Cash on Delivery. The former USPS employees, who at the time worked as mail carriers in the Chicago area, stole credit cards and other financial instruments from the mail and provided them to others in exchange for cash or other items,

Two of the defendants unlawfully obtained USPS customers' personal identifying information, including dates of birth and Social Security numbers, which was then used to fraudulently activate the stolen cards and make purchases at various retailers, including Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Walmart, and Meijer, the charges allege.

Many of the defendants were arrested Thursday and have begun making initial appearances in federal court in Chicago.

The federal investigation previously resulted in charges last summer against five other individuals, including four other former U.S. Postal Service employees. justice.gov

Russian Hacker Stole Identities of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients in Sordid Scheme
A Russian hacker stole the identities of 22 of 75 living U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, using their pilfered personal data to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of Apple products and luxury watches from American military exchanges, according to a Secret Service search warrant application obtained by The Daily Beast. The hot merchandise was then shipped to at least 20 different addresses in the United States, using unwitting dupes-hired through seemingly benign online ads-who then forwarded the packages to a Moscow suburb that is home to a training academy for a Russian spy agency. In all, the scammer netted nearly $55,000 in stolen goods, in roughly 50 separate transactions, said investigators. The individual honorees whose personal information was used are not named in the filing, which was unsealed in December 2020. thedailybeast.com

Troy, NY: NY Troopers seize guns, blank credit cards, and cash in $13,000 Grocery scam
New York State Police recently arrested three men following an investigation into the theft of more than $13,000 worth of groceries from Hannaford Supermarkets. State Police uniformed and BCI members from State Police in Brunswick, State Police in Latham, and State Police in Schodack, as well as investigators from multiple state police specialized units, executed search warrants at the Titantic Market and two private residences in the city of Troy on Wednesday morning. The warrants were obtained in an investigation into the use of stolen credit card information to purchase over $13,000 worth of groceries from Hannaford Supermarkets. Nasere S. Bell, 21, of Troy and Andrew T. Watts, 21, are accused of using stolen identities and associated credit card information to purchase groceries through the Hannaford To Go delivery service. The groceries were then delivered to them and resold to the Titantic Market. Alseidi, who is employed at the Titanic Market, knowingly took the stolen products and resold them to the public. troyrecord.com

Manteca, CA: Four People Arrested In Target Thefts
Four people are under arrest in connection to a string of thefts at Targets across the San Joaquin Valley. Manteca Police say on February 18th, two women reportedly stole $4,300 worth of over-the-counter medication from Modesto's Target on Sisk Road, before heading to Manteca. Little did they know, a loss prevention associate at Manteca's Target recognized them from last month, when $1,400 worth of baby formula was taken. The two women, and the two men found waiting in the getaway car are being held in Sacramento on suspicion of organized retail theft, grand theft and possession of stolen property. kfbk.iheart.com

Fresno County, CA: Small business targeted by thieves four times, costing owners $50,000

Fresno, CA: Burglars flee with over $12,000 of merchandise from Stereo Shop

Brookfield, WI: Police seeking Kohl's thief stealing 7 Fitbit Watches; possible ties to additional thefts

Bergen County, NJ: Sports Memorabilia Store Employee Charged With Stealing, Fencing Collectibles

Taft, TX: Man with 2 prior convictions and 3 active warrants arrested after stealing merchandise from grocery story

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Shootings & Deaths

Whitehall Township, PA: Woman killed in shooting outside Walmart; 1 arrested
The Lehigh County coroner identified the woman who died after being shot outside a Walmart last week. Nicolette Law, 20, of Allentown, died Friday after being shot outside of the Walmart on MacArthur Road. District Attorney Jim Martin and Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks announced Sunday that Edward Joel Rosario-Jimenez, 23, of Whitehall, is charged with Criminal Homicide, Attempted Criminal Homicide and Aggravated Assault; all felonies of the first degree; and Firearm Not to Be Carried Without A License, a felony of the third degree, officials say. At approximately 6:55 p.m. Friday, Whitehall Township police were called for a report of shots fired in the Walmart parking lot. Upon arrival, Police found two victims near a parked vehicle with the engine still running in the parking lot. Both victims were suffering gunshot wounds, Law later died from those injuries. The other person is receiving medical treatment. wfmz.com

Miramar Beach, FL: Restaurant employee Shot & Killed in Surf Hut Parking Lot
Just before midnight on Saturday night, Walton County deputies responded to 551 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach to Surf Hut Restaurant following a 911 call in reference to a shooting. An employee of the establishment was found with a fatal gunshot wound near his vehicle. shorenewsnetwork.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police identify man fatally shot by Security Guard outside Car Dealership
Police say a man is dead after a confrontation with a security guard led to a shooting outside a Phoenix car dealership early Saturday morning. According to Sgt. Maggie Cox of the Phoenix Police Department, officers were called to a reported shooting shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Camelback Road near 23rd Avenue. When they got to the scene they found 21-year-old Maurice Jones was gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he died. During the investigation, detectives learned Jones' vehicle was blocking the business for several hours that morning. Jones was uncooperative with the business security guards and eventually got into a confrontation with a one of them, a 51-year-old man. During the physical confrontation, the security guard shot Jones, Cox says. The security guard remained on scene and is cooperating with detectives. The investigation is ongoing and once completed will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney.  azfamily.com

Memphis, TN: Two people shot and killed outside Grocery store
Two people are dead after a Sunday evening shooting in South Memphis, according to Memphis Police. Police said the gunfire erupted around 5:40 p.m. Sunday night just outside of grocery store on South Parkway. By the time police made the scene, one man was dead. No clues on a suspect were given, according to MPD. fox13memphis.com

Jefferson County, AL: Argument at Center Point Parkway C-store ends in deadly shooting
A shooting at an eastern Jefferson County store left one man dead. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 10 p.m. Saturday to A & A Convenience Store on Center Point Parkway on a report of a person shot. They arrived to find the 30-year-old victim suffering from a single gunshot wound, said Sgt. Joni Money. The man was still breathing, and deputies took measures to save his life until he could be transported to UAB Hospital, Money said. However, the victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital. abc3340.com

New York, NY: Man found dead in NYC salon may have been a Burglar
A man was found dead in a Harlem hair salon Saturday, and cops are probing whether he was a burglar who fell to his doom during a break-in gone bad, police said. reportdoor.com

Atlanta, GA: Man wielding a knife was shot by an off-duty State Patrol Trooper
On Saturday in the first shooting, a state trooper was getting gas at the BP on Boulevard near I-20 when he saw one man chase another into the store and followed them, according to the GBI, which is investigating the incident. "Witnesses report that one man was armed with a knife and was attempting to stab the other man," GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. "The trooper gave commands for the man to drop the knife. The trooper left the store, and the man with the knife followed him." Authorities said the man advanced toward the trooper as he backed away and told him to drop the weapon, prompting the trooper to shoot the man. He remained in critical condition Saturday night. The trooper was not injured. ajc.com

North Charleston, SC: Authorities investigate shooting at Tanger Outlet Center
The North Charleston Police Department was on scene for a shooting at the Tanger Outlet Mall on Saturday morning. Officials say it occurred at 10:20 a.m. in reports to a shots fired and a vehicle collision with a building. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle crashed against a couple metal poles, not against a building. The occupants fled the scene. Officials believe that the people inside one vehicle were shooting at the occupants in another vehicle. In an update, officials confirmed that four people were detained and were questioned about the incidents, but authorities said the following evening that those people had been released. No arrests have been made at this time.  abcnews4.com

Shreveport, LA: Drive-by shooting critically wounds 5 outside Liquor store



Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Albuquerque, NM: Search for man accused of theft, stabbing Albertson's Loss Prevention employee
Crime Stoppers is searching for an unknown male who is accused of stealing from an Albuquerque grocery store and stabbing an employee. According to Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, on December 5, 2020, a male reportedly took two bottles of alcohol from the Albertson Grocery Store on Lomas and Juan Tabo. krqe.com

West Philly Lowe's Arsonist Indicted for Blaze Set During May '20 Civil Unrest
Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Derrick Weatherbe, 29, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged by Indictment with arson related to an incident which occurred during the violent civil unrest in late May of last year. The defendant made his initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon. Following peaceful protests in Philadelphia in the early afternoon of May 30, 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, civil unrest began to unfold later that afternoon and into the following day that resulted in widespread looting, burglary, arson, destruction of property, and other violent acts. The Indictment alleges that on May 31, 2020, the defendant maliciously damaged and destroyed the Lowe's Home Improvement store located at 1500 North 50th Street in West Philadelphia by setting it on fire. He is charged with one count of malicious damage by means of fire of a building used in interstate commerce. justice.gov

Columbus, GA: FBI Offers a Reward for Identity of Two Dollar General Armed Robbery Suspects

Peoria, IL: Suspects in 'smash and grab' at Jewelry store in Northwoods Mall are from Michigan

Sacramento, CA: Customer Sets Off Fireworks Inside Natomas Walmart, Causing Fire And Evacuations; no injuries

Durham, NC: One arrested, two wanted for Durham gun store burglary

Littleton, CO: Passes new law forcing Gun store owners to lock-up inventory after-hours

Davenport, IA: Man charged with $1,600 theft; wrote bad checks to purchase meth



Nearly $3M of fake jewelry, watches seized by Cincinnati CBP
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati say they seized two shipments of counterfeit jewelry that would have been worth nearly $3 million were they genuine. A shipment from Quezon City, Philippines, that was headed to a private residence in Aurora, Illinois, was stopped Feb. 11 and held 237 items of jewelry, Customs said in a news release. Customs said the jewelry was labeled as Hermes, Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef, Bvlgari and Rolex and would have carried manufacturers' suggested retail prices totaling more than $783,000 if it was real. cincinnati.com





Beauty - New York, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Birmingham, AL - Burglary
Cannabis - West Hollywood, CA - Burglary
Cellphone - Broward County, FL - Armed Robbery
Electronics - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - San Luis Obispo County, CA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Durham, NC - Burglary
Guns - Tucson, AZ - Burglary
Jewelry - Peoria, IL - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Rockford, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Canoga Park, CA -Robbery
Jewelry - Tempe, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Ashville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Jewelry - Bastrop, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Midland, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Santa FE, MN - Robbery
Jewelry - Roseville, MN - Robbery
Jewelry - Hanover, MD - Robbery
Music - Eugene, OR - Burglary
Walgreens - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Walmart - Dothan, AL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Midland, TX - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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