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Intellicheck Announces Appointments of Senior Vice President Sales & Vice President Marketing

Intellicheck, Inc., an industry leader in identification verification solutions, today announced the appointment of Bruce Ackerman as the Company's Senior Vice President of Sales and David Andrews as Vice President of Marketing.

Intellicheck CEO Bryan Lewis said the appointments of Ackerman and Andrews reflect the company's continued focus on growth and expansion into new market verticals to drive market share and revenue. "As critical business and consumer needs around identity theft and fraud persist and grow, we will continue to build our team to take advantage of the many opportunities to expand adoption of Intellicheck's proven technology solutions. We expect to continue to strengthen our team to meet those needs across multiple markets going forward." Read more here

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Prosegur Security Expands to UK & Opens European Retail Headquarters

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. and LONDON, England - Prosegur Security, a global leader in security technology, has launched expanded operations in the U.K. and opened its new European retail headquarters near London.

"Prosegur's key differentiator is the ability to provide a security solution that is a lot more than a sum of its parts," said Tony D'Onofrio, CEO of Prosegur's global retail business unit. "We leverage technology and innovation-especially in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) -and are already actively partnering on these advanced solutions with multiple leading European retailers. Opening a European retail headquarters provides the framework to intensify next generation retail technologies discussions and delivery across the entire continent."

The first event where UK and European business leaders will have a chance to acquaint themselves with Prosegur's offerings will be the
Retail Risk conference taking place in London, both in person and virtually, on July 22, 2021.   Read more

TalkLPnews Releases Exclusive Content from Emeritus Professor
Adrian Beck

Academically-based content will contribute to TalkLPnews' commitment to providing the LP/AP community with the knowledge needed to stay relevant within our industry

TalkLPnews, a subsidiary of Calibration Group, is pleased to announce Emeritus Professor Adrian Beck will be providing exclusive content for TalkLPnews, the industry's only app dedicated to providing Loss Prevention and Asset Protection professionals specific, constantly updating, breaking news headlines.

"I am delighted to be collaborating with TalkLPnews to present a series of regular reflections upon a range of topics relating to the world of retail loss prevention. The purpose is to not only offer insights on current themes but also provide summaries of the previous research studies I have completed over the years - from staff dishonesty to making sense of video analytics," said Adrian Beck. "In addition, I will be delighted to receive suggestions for future topics to cover that will hopefully stimulate critical debate and discussion within your business on how you are currently viewing particular issues and the way you are organising to address them."  Read more


Protests & Violence

Minnesota Protests Stretch into 4th Night
Fewer arrests, calmer scene on fourth night of Brooklyn Center protests
In the tense hour after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect Wednesday night in Brooklyn Center, law enforcement cleared a dwindling crowd of protesters outside the city's police headquarters, arresting 24 people, authorities said.

For a fourth night, hundreds had gathered outside the fenced-in Brooklyn Center Police Department, most of them peaceful, but some hurling objects at law enforcement, which included National Guard members, State Patrol officers and Hennepin County sheriff's deputies.

Even before the curfew took effect, several dispersal orders were issued as water bottles, milk jugs, bricks, rocks, fireworks and other objects thrown at officers led authorities to declare an unlawful assembly. By 10:30, many protesters had left after a fourth dispersal order, but those who remained grew tense and verbally defiant as sirens sounded and law enforcement officers congregated en masse nearby.

Operation Safety Net, a public safety coalition formed to respond to incidents related to the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing George Floyd, reported early Thursday that the streets around the police headquarters were being cleared and that some arrests were being made.

Despite the large number of law enforcement, the clearing operation appeared to be much calmer than one that occurred late Tuesday. Another sharp contrast from Tuesday was that no tear gas was used, perhaps in response to a denunciation by Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott of its use, which also plagued city residents.

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson said at the late-night news conference that almost all of those arrested were from outside Brooklyn Center. startribune.com

(Update) Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright Arrested & Brooked After Being Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter

Potter was released from jail Wednesday evening after posting $100,000 bond.

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, joining just a handful of officers who have faced charges after shooting someone they said they intended to shock with a Taser.

Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department who resigned Tuesday, was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County jail shortly after noon. Bodycam footage from the shooting Sunday shows her shouting "Taser!" three times before killing Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, with a single shot from her Glock 9-millimeter handgun. Police officials blamed the death on human error.

Protests over Wright's killing have focused on how Potter, who is white, carried out a sequence of events that led to the death of a Black motorist who had been stopped for a minor traffic violation. Wright cooperated with Potter and another police officer at first, but a criminal complaint filed Wednesday showed how the encounter turned violent after one of the officers told Wright he was being arrested on a warrant.

Potter fired her gun 12 seconds after Wright pulled himself free from the officers.  startribune.com

   Residents near Brooklyn Center unrest rattled by clashes, tear gas

   Minneapolis police union head blames Wright's death on his 'non-compliance'

Derek Chauvin Trial Updates

Stores Boarding Up Ahead of Chauvin Verdict
Businesses preparing for social unrest ahead of Chauvin verdict
Even though the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin - who is charged with the death of George Floyd last year - is still underway, businesses in Philadelphia are preparing for the potential aftermath of the verdict. In Port Richmond, some stores could be seen with boarded-up windows on Wednesday.

There is fear that more rioting and looting will result if protests take place and ultimately turn awry. Last week, business owners met with the 24th Police District to discuss the possibility of unrest. Protests over Floyd's death spun off into riots and looting in parts of Philadelphia. Businesses, many of them "mom and pop shops," were damaged or destroyed.

The civil unrest began in Center City but moved into multiple neighborhoods. The National Guard had to respond, and the city's response to the riots was heavily criticized. In October, outrage over the shooting death of Walter Wallace, a Black man armed with a knife who was shot and killed by two Philadelphia police officers, sparked more protests.

Those protests again ultimately led to riots and looting causing extensive damage to big box and locally owned stores in West Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia, specifically in Port Richmond.

The owners of Rotana Furniture on Tacony Street off of Aramingo Avenue are thinking about hiring private security since their store was trashed and heavily damaged during the fall riots. A Philadelphia police officer was injured and nearly dragged in Rotana's parking lot by a looter who took off with furniture.

Multiple city agencies held a meeting Wednesday afternoon and will begin an outreach effort to Center City and West Philadelphia businesses ahead of the verdict. 6abc.com

The Defense Rests in Chauvin Trial
Derek Chauvin invokes 5th Amendment rights, will not testify in murder trial
The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd rested its case Thursday without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution's two weeks. Chauvin informed the court that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. apnews.org

   Key Moments on Day 13 of the Derek Chauvin Trial

   When will there be a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial?

'National Special Security Event' on April 28
Biden to address Congress under security, COVID restrictions

Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory.

The traditional speech for the new president, set for April 28, will unfold against the backdrop of heightened security in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot and ongoing coronavirus protocols.

It will be designated a National Special Security Event, according to a Capitol official involved in the planning and granted anonymity to discuss the situation on Wednesday.

Security remains tight at the Capitol, patrolled by National Guard troops and surrounded by fencing, after a mob loyal to then-President Donald Trump stormed the building in January in a deadly riot to try to undo Biden's election victory.

At the same time, pandemic restrictions will limit in-person access to the speech, which is typically broadcast live and in prime time to American households. apnews.com

   Officer Cleared In The Shooting Death Of Ashli Babbitt During Capitol Riot

   US Capitol rioter who tried to flee to Switzerland is jailed pre-trial

California lawmakers push for police misconduct panel, expanded chokehold ban
California law enforcement officers could lose their certification based on the decisions of a panel that includes victims of police misconduct under legislation that moved forward Tuesday in the Legislature, as lawmakers also supported an expansive ban on policing techniques that obstruct a person's breathing.

An array of civil rights and police reform groups applauded passage of the bills by public safety committees in the state Senate and Assembly. Two other closely watched bills also were approved by the committees dominated by Democrats: one to offer access to California's victims' compensation fund for injuries sustained during law enforcement encounters and another to train officers to intervene if a colleague is using excessive force. latimes.com

Almost Half of Federal Cases Against Portland Rioters Have Been Dismissed
Many charged in connection with violence surrounding last year's racial-justice protests have completed community service and won't be tried. wsj.com

COVID Update

195M Vaccinations Given

US: 32.1M Cases - 578K Dead - 24.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 138.9M Cases - 2.9M Dead - 114.6M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
Know of any fallen LP exec? Let's remember & recognize.

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 282
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Reality is: There's no end in sight, plain & simple
Fauci: No Such Thing as Herd Immunity
"Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, has said that herd immunity is an 'elusive concept' and there is no definitive percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to achieve it.

"He told BBC Radio 4 Today that a return to normality would be gradual, and is 'not going to be like a light switch going on and off.'"

This, then, is the reality of our future.

There is no immediate end in sight
● The idea of herd immunity protecting us all at some point (if Fauci is right) will not happen
● The virus will continue to mutate, with new variants continuing to appear due to the pandemic continuing here in the U.S. and around the world
● We don't know how long the current vaccines will provide protection to those who are vaccinated
● Likely, a vaccine booster will be needed in the future to address the more radical nature of the new variants
● At some point, hopefully, the World Health Organization (WHO) will declare the pandemic over, but it is not happening anytime soon
We are in a "long haul" COVID-19 reality govtech.com

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues - Self-Reporting Spikes 272%
56% of young adults between 18 and 24 reporting symptoms

Young Adults Cope with Mental Health, Substance Abuse in the Pandemic
Workers are struggling with mental health and substance abuse in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. But by a wide margin, young people are experiencing these issues in greater numbers than their older counterparts.

Insurance provider The Standard and Versta Research completed two studies on workers' mental health in 2019 and 2020 and found that the pandemic has resulted in an increase in depression and anxiety across all age groups. The 2020 Behavioral Health Impact Update found that about 39 percent of workers experienced mental health issues pre-pandemic; that number is now at 46 percent. Furthermore, 11 percent of workers reported serious mental health issues, up from 7 percent in 2019.

These increases align with recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2021 Household Pulse Survey found that 41 percent of adults in the U.S. reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression in January 2021. That's quite a contrast to data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in the first half of 2019, which found that only 11 percent of the population was experiencing issues.

The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use
Published: Feb 10, 2021

KFF analysis of the Household Pulse Survey finds that throughout the pandemic, a large share of young adults (ages 18-24) have reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder - 56% as of December 2020 - compared to older adults. kff.org shrm.org

Editor's Note: Prime retail worker age 18-24. Just think about 56% of your employee population in that age group are coping with issues. What's the impact on the store? And is LP & AP aware of that potential and how to manage it and or deescalate it.

Michigan Governor Extends In-Office Prohibitions
MIOSHA will extend COVID restrictions in offices for six months
The latest restrictions included an effective ban on office work that can be done remotely.

The latest restrictions were set to expire on Wednesday. Whitmer said the new extension does not mean six more months of prohibitions on in-office work and that her administration is working with businesses and public health experts "to promulgate what that back-to-work cadence looks like."

The current restrictions require remote work when it is feasible, something that is largely dependent on each business's capabilities both financially and technologically to enable and sustain remote work.

Last month, business leaders and area chambers launched a coalition calling on Gov. Whitmer to ease the policy that Michigan employers are able to bring more people back to the office. wilx.com

NYC Case Levels 'Alarmingly High'
How the Coronavirus Variants Are Spreading in New York City

New, searchable ZIP code-level data provides a close look at how contagious variants have kept New York's case levels alarmingly high.

The number of new coronavirus cases in New York City has remained alarmingly, and stubbornly, high for weeks, even as tens of thousands of people are vaccinated daily.

A likely reason is that more contagious variants have displaced the original forms of the virus, public health officials have said, accounting for more than 75 percent of new cases, according to a recent analysis.

Until this week, the city had not said which variants were more common in which neighborhoods. But newly available ZIP code-level data provides some insight into the mix of variants circulating in the area. nytimes.com

Calif. Opens Vaccination Floodgates
Vaccination appointments now open to all 16 and older in California
Everyone in California 16 and older can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments on the state's My Turn appointment system. The changes to the system went into effect Wednesday night.

In Southern California, residents of Orange and Ventura counties ages 16 and up became newly eligible to book vaccine appointments through My Turn. Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Imperial counties had already made everyone 16 and older eligible. latimes.com

Flying Soon: COVID Risk Drops By Half When Airlines Keep Middle Seats Open
CDC research Says: The risk of being exposed to the coronavirus on an airline flight drops by as much as half when airlines keep middle seats open, a new study published by the U.S. government concludes, but it's a safety practice the carriers have abandoned.

The study is the latest to roil the waters on a controversial topic: just how risky it is to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study did not attempt to estimate infection risks, and it was based on modeling done before the pandemic, so it didn't consider rules that now require face masks on flights. latimes.com

Denver will allow restaurants to operate at 100% capacity with distancing as state turns over COVID-19 control

Sununu to Lift New Hampshire COVID Restrictions 'Wicked Soon'


Parking Lot Security
CVS Ask GA. Appeals Court to Toss $43M Verdict in Robbery-Shooting Case
The lawyer for CVS said the jury's decision to apportion 95% of the liability to the store and none to the actual shooter rendered the verdict "internally inconsistent" and void.

Lawyers for CVS Pharmacy and a man who won a $43 million verdict against the drugstore chain after being shot during a 2012 parking lot robbery pleaded their cases before the Court of Appeals on Wednesday, with CVS arguing the verdict should be thrown out because the jury allocated no fault to the unknown shooter. (Never caught the shooter)

A Fulton County jury delivered a post-apportioned award of almost $43 million to a man shot in a CVS parking lot where he had arranged to buy an iPad from another person a few days before Christmas in 2012.

James Carmichael, now 54, was shot several times and underwent a half-dozen surgeries at the Moreland Avenue pharmacy in southeast Atlanta where, his lawyers said, store workers had repeatedly expressed fears for their safety, and where an employee robbed at gunpoint just three weeks prior to the Dec. 20, 2012, shooting.

"The employees had been asking for security for some time, and there was testimony that they'd had security for two or three years then dropped it," said Law & Moran partner Pete Law. "They never really said why they dropped it," said Law, who represents Carmichael. law.com

Former CFO of Alden Shoe Charged in $30 Million Embezzlement Scheme
Richard Hajjar, 64, of Duxbury, has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and filing a false tax return.

From at least 2011 through October 2019, when he was terminated by Alden Shoe Co., Hajjar embezzled money by writing checks to himself from company bank accounts and transferring funds from company accounts to his personal accounts and to another individual. In total, Hajjar embezzled approximately $30 million which he used to enrich himself and to buy gifts and luxury travel for others close to him, including private flights to the Caribbean and diamond jewelry. He's facing as much as 30 years in prison and fines of hundreds of thousands. justice.gov

Hundreds of Retailers Impacted With Business Interruptions
Viewpoint: Recovering losses due to the Suez Canal blockage

Taking proactive steps with your insurance company is key

Policyholders should look to their insurance to determine if they have coverage for these types of losses. Businesses should also carefully review their contracts with suppliers and related vendors to determine if they have available insurance through those contracts, indemnification protection through those contracts, or indemnification obligations because of those contracts.

Review your company's property insurance policies for contingent business interruption coverage, which will provide similar protection due to property damage to the Ever Given.

Coverage for cargo can also be found in cargo insurance policies or policies offering inland marine coverage and provides protection for damaged or lost cargo.

If needed, engage your broker or an attorney to challenge insurance company delays or denials. freightwaves.com

450 New EEOC Agents Coming
EEOC to Focus on 'Pay Equity & 'Rooting Out Systemic Discrimination'
Pay equity will be "front and center" for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Biden administration, as will efforts to root out systemic discrimination, according to Chair Charlotte Burrows. Beyond that, she said during an April 8 American Bar Association conference, she'll be working to strengthen the EEOC as an institution.

"We're facing a very urgent issue - as all of you know - of systemic discrimination and systemic racism," Burrows said. "So you should expect first and foremost a renewed attention to tackling systemic discrimination in all forms on all bases, while also looking of course to advance those individual charges, and that's including but not limited to race discrimination."

With respect to strengthening the commission, Burrows said she's focused on staffing. During fiscal year 2020, EEOC's full-time staff dropped to its lowest level since 1980, she noted, "so one of the first things I did was to authorize hiring of about 450 new staff across the agency."

Burrows has served on the commission for years but was recently elevated to chair by President Joe Biden, a position held by Republicans in recent years.

Expect to see 'pay reporting to its EEO-1 filing requirements. hrdive.com

McDonald's to mandate anti-harassment training worldwide
McDonald's said Wednesday that it will mandate worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting next year.

The training will be required for 2 million workers at 39,000 stores worldwide.

The change is part of a larger reckoning over sexual harassment at the world's largest burger chain. At least 50 workers have filed charges against the company over the last five years, alleging physical and verbal harassment and, in some cases, retaliation when they complained. The problem wasn't confined to restaurants. In November 2019, McDonald's fired its former CEO Steve Easterbrook after he acknowledged having a relationship with an employee.

Kempczinski said he hopes McDonald's anti-harassment effort becomes a model for the restaurant industry. apnews.com

The Big News of the Week, if not the Month & Year

March Sales Are Back - Is this the watershed moment?
All the news outlets covering it

'How Long Will The Boom Last'
Boy what a difference one month can have

Sales Boom May Be More Than Fleeting Flurry
The big question on the economy is no longer whether demand is going to boom in the months ahead, but how long that boom will last. The answer will dictate everything from how quickly the job market recovers to how high inflation goes to how soon the Federal Reserve begins tightening policy.

The Commerce Department on Thursday reported that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March from a month earlier, coming back strongly after a winter-weather-related dip in February. Sales are now 17% above their level in February 2020, before the Covid-19 crisis struck.

Thursday's report showed outperformance in areas that were hurt badly by the crisis, such as restaurants and bars, apparel retailers and department stores.

March sales exceeded economists' estimates, but the idea that demand is going to jump by a lot this year is hardly controversial. Economists surveyed by IHS Markit now forecast on average that real, or inflation-adjusted, gross domestic product will be 6.7% higher in the fourth quarter than it was in the same period of last year. The following year they think growth will slip to a still robust, but manageable, 3.4%. Fed officials envision the economy following a similar trajectory. wsj.com

NRF: Retail's 'Huge' 18% March Increase

March Retail Sales See Strong Rebound Amid Increased Vaccination and Government Stimulus
Retail sales rebounded with huge gains in March as government checks fattened consumers' bank accounts and more vaccination against COVID-19 made it easier for shoppers to get out of the house and lead the acceleration of the U.S. economy, the National Retail Federation said today.

"The dramatic increase of nearly 18 percent in March retail sales over the same period last year confirms that a confident consumer is driving the economic rebound, and that should continue through the remainder of 2021," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "American households are clearly feeling the full effect of additional fiscal stimulus, gains in the job market and the reopening of the economy. Although there have been some recent issues related to vaccines, consumer confidence remains high and an optimistic outlook for the future continues to grow. Retailers remain committed, transparent and emphatic about prioritizing customer and employee safety as they welcome shoppers back into their stores this spring."

The U.S. Census Bureau today said overall retail sales in March were up 9.8 percent seasonally adjusted from February and up 27.7 percent year-over-year. That compares with a monthly decrease of 2.7 percent and a yearly gain of 6.7 percent in February. Despite occasional month-over-month declines, sales have grown year-over-year every month since June 2020, according to Census data.

NRF's calculation of retail sales - which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants to focus on core retail - showed March was up 7.4 percent seasonally adjusted from February and up 17.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year. That compared with a month-over-month decrease of 3.4 percent and a year-over-year increase of 7.2 percent in February. NRF's numbers were up 12.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year on a three-month moving average. nrf.com

Specifics from key retail sectors include:

Clothing and clothing accessory stores up 18.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 104.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Sporting goods stores up 23.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 78.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Furniture and home furnishings stores were up 5.9 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 49.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Building materials and garden supply stores were up 12.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 32.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Online and other non-store sales were up 6 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 30.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Electronics and appliance stores were up 10.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 29.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Health and personal care stores were up 5.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 7.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

General merchandise stores were up 9 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted and up 6.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Grocery and beverage stores were up 0.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted but down 10.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Editor's Note: Consumers went clothes shopping after being locked up for a year. And grocery is already starting to feel the restaurant pull back of consumers.

"Sour Grapes" Fraudster Removed From U.S. After Serving Sentence
ICE Deports Netflix 2016 Documentary, "Sour Grapes" Fraudster
Rudy Kurniawan, 44, is featured in the Netflix 2016 documentary, "Sour Grapes," which describes the story of a scheme that flooded the American wine market with fake vintage wine valued in the millions of dollars. He is a public safety threat because of his aggravated felony conviction.

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed an Indonesian citizen Thursday who, following a federal investigation, was convicted in New York of selling millions of dollars in counterfeit wine to affluent clients over nearly a decade.

On March 3, 2012, the FBI in Los Angeles arrested Kurniawan for mail and wire fraud, and on Aug. 7, 2014, he was convicted of the same charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. On Nov. 6, 2020, pursuant to the immigration detainer, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) released Kurniawan to the custody of ERO El Paso, pending his removal. He arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang City, Bann, Indonesia, on Friday. ice.gov

100K More Full-Time Positions
Walmart to convert most U.S. part-time store workers to full-time

20K New Employees - 1,000 New Stores
Dollar General to hire 20K new employees across its business

Amazon and Target push back on voting restrictions, Walmart passes

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Protos Security Announces Rebrand,
Affirming Client Commitment

Norwalk, CT
- Security Services Holdings, LLC (dba Protos Security), the leading tech enabled security services company in North America, has completed a major rebrand to reflect the organization's continued expansion as well as its service first culture. Protos has undergone rebranding before, but this marks the most significant shift since the company's founding.

"The new logo and branding better represent Protos' placement as a service first industry disrupter with technology at the core of everything we do," said Nathaniel Shaw, Protos Security CEO. "The new branding also accentuates the evolution of our company as we've been experiencing a period of enhanced growth."

Alyssa Wilson, Protos Security Vice President of Marketing added, "This rebranding includes a reimagined logo, redesigned website, detailed brand personality, new design elements and a fresh color palette. Each of these components will help to modernize our brand while also increasing our flexibility to integrate additional brands into our expanding portfolio."

Other brands within the Protos Security portfolio will retain their existing logos with only a change to the color and font of the current "A Protos Company" lockup. Subsequent acquisitions are expected to have a similar logo treatment.

The new brand identity better represents Protos' technology focus and expanding spectrum of security services which offer greater program customization to an increasingly diverse client base. Protos' extensive history of innovation and commitment to superior customer service are more strongly positioned with this new identity.

About Protos Security
Protos Security, a portfolio company of Southfield Capital, is a technology-enabled security services company offering security guarding, monitoring and device solutions for a wide spectrum of customers across North America. Protos Security prides itself on delivering a high touch service, actionable insights, transparency and program flexibility for its clients. For more information on customized solutions to protect your business, please visit www.protossecurity.com.

About Southfield Capital
Southfield Capital is a private equity firm that invests in exceptional, growing companies in the lower middle market outsourced business services sector. Southfield targets companies with $4-12 million in EBITDA and partners with owners and management teams that are enthusiastic about scaling their operations through a combination of organic and acquisition growth strategies. For more information on Southfield Capital, please visit www.southfieldcapital.com






White House Punishes Russia Over SolarWinds Hack
Biden imposes new sanctions on Russia in response to election interference
and cyber hacks
The Biden administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled diplomatic personnel in response to election interference and cyber hacks by the country.

"President Biden signed a new sanctions executive order that provides strengthened authorities to demonstrate the Administration's resolve in responding to and deterring the full scope of Russia's harmful foreign activities," the White House said in a news release.

As a part of the announcement, the US formally named the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service as the force behind the SolarWinds hack that affected the federal government and wide swaths of the private sector.

CNN previously reported the Biden administration was expected to announce sanctions as soon as Thursday targeting Russian individuals and entities, in addition to new financial restrictions and the expulsion of as many as a dozen Russian diplomats from the US, in response to the hack of SolarWinds and election interference, according to two sources familiar with the plans.

One reason the rollout of these actions has taken longer than anticipated is because the White House was not satisfied with the options the State Department initially presented and wanted more expanded sanctions, a US official familiar with the plans said. The White House announced an intelligence review of Russia's "reckless and adversarial actions" in a wide array of areas during Biden's first week in office.

The Russian diplomats who are being expelled are based in Washington, DC, and New York, and they will have 30 days to leave the country, the US official familiar with the plans explained. New financial restrictions, consisting of efforts to target Russian sovereign debt, will be put in place, which could hurt Russia's economy. cnn.com

Record Number of Attacks in 2020

DDoS attack activity: 10 million-plus attacks and 22% increase in attack frequency

Netscout announced findings from its bi-annual Threat Intelligence Report, punctuated by a record-setting 10,089,687 DDoS attacks observed during 2020.

Cybercriminals exploited vulnerabilities exposed by massive internet usage shifts since many users were no longer protected by enterprise-grade security. Attackers paid particular attention to vital pandemic industries such as e-commerce, streaming services, online learning, and healthcare generating a 20% year-over-year increase in attack frequency over 2019 plus a 22% increase in the last six months of 2020.

The number of enterprise respondents reporting DDoS extortion attacks increased by 125%. Overloaded firewalls and VPN concentrators, crucial technologies used during the pandemic lockdown, contributed to the outages in 83% of the enterprises that suffered DDoS attacks. This finding represents a 21% increase over 2019 figures.

"Cybercriminals set multiple records in 2020, taking advantage of the shift towards remote work across the globe," stated Richard Hummel, threat intelligence lead, Netscout. "The second half of last year witnessed a huge upsurge in DDoS attacks, brute-forcing of access credentials, and malware targeting internet-connected devices. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it will be imperative for security professionals to remain vigilant to protect critical infrastructure." helpnetsecurity.com

Cybersecurity Researchers Targeted by Attackers

CISA Urges Caution for Security Researchers Targeted in Attack Campaign

The agency urges researchers to take precautions amid an ongoing targeted threat campaign.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is cautioning cybersecurity researchers to keep their guard up amid a wave of attacks targeting this particular group.

The attacks, first disclosed in January, target security researchers working on vulnerability research and development in various organizations. The researchers were contacted on several platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram, Discord, Keybase, and email.

The attackers created fraudulent social media profiles to interact with researchers, share videos of claimed exploits, retweet other attacker-controlled accounts, and link to their blog. Their goal was to trick victims into running malicious code, by downloading a file or clicking a link, after gaining their trust.

In a notice on the attacks, CISA recommends cybersecurity practitioners review reports and updates from Google, Microsoft, and CISA on the attack campaign.

The notification also encourages researchers to use sandbox environments that are isolated from trusted systems or networks when examining untrusted code or websites. darkreading.com

Old Tactics in New Packages

7 new social engineering tactics threat actors are using now

Old tactics in new packages lead the list of current social engineering attacks. Experts provide real-world examples.

Social engineering, of course, means attacking the user rather than the computing system itself, trying to extract information or incite an action that will lead to compromise. It's as old as lying, with a new name for the computing age-and that's a perfect metaphor for how social engineering tactics evolve.
As security pros know, the packaging matters, and a familiar attack may slip through defenses in an unfamiliar guise. Here are some tactics social engineering experts say are on the rise in 2021.

1. Malicious QR codes
When scanned, a malicious QR code can connect phones to a malicious destination-just like clicking on a bad link. Same concept; new wrapper.

2. Browser notification hijack
"These are called push notifications, and they can be weaponized," said Carpenter. "The problem is that many users blindly click 'yes' to allow these notifications." While many users have learned some level of caution with web browsers, the notifications appear more like system messages from the device itself, rather than the browser.

3. Collaboration scams
With this social engineering tactic, cyber criminals target professionals in collaborative fields, said Alashe, including designers, developers, and even security researchers. The lure is an invitation that asks them to collaborate on work.

4. Supply chain partner impersonation - 5. Deepfake recordings - 6. Text fraud - 7. Typosquatting or lookalike domains csoonline.com

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Online Vendor Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Postage Fraud Scheme
Cuong H. Nguyen pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court today to conspiring to engage in a wide-ranging postage counterfeiting, forging, and tampering scheme that, over the course of multiple years and more than 160,000 packages, deprived the U.S. Postal Service of approximately $5 million of postage due and owing.

As admitted in the plea agreement entered today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard, Cuong digitally altered, counterfeited, forged, and tampered with various "postage evidencing systems"-i.e., postage meters. Nguyen primarily used the postage evidencing system known as Click-N-Ship® when sending packages of beverages and food products from his businesses in San Diego. Accordingly, when the USPS received the packages with labels that Nguyen and others had altered, forged, and counterfeited, they paid much less to the USPS than was owed, but the packages-approximately 162,221 between 2015 and 2019-were delivered anyway.

As a result of the conspiracy, Nguyen acknowledged that the underpayment of postage to the USPS was approximately $5,127,712.88, resulting in net profits to Nguyen, his businesses, and others of $862,374.00. Sentencing is scheduled to occur on July 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. justice.gov

Amazon Releases Diversity & Inclusion Data & Makes Commitments

Amazon pledges to promote more women, Black employees
The company also released data about its current workforce. Among U.S. senior leaders, 70.7% were white and only 22.8% were women.

Amazon.com Inc. pledged to increase the number of women and Black employees in its senior ranks as part of an unusually detailed set of diversity commitments for a company that has rarely publicly discussed the makeup of its workforce.

The e-commerce company outlined a set of hiring and promotion targets for 2021, including a 30% rise in the number of women in senior technical jobs and doubling the number of high-level Black employees in the U.S.

Amazon is the second-largest private sector U.S. employer behind Walmart Inc., with some 1.3 million employees worldwide.

Black employees made up 26.5% of the company's U.S. workforce in 2020, according to the data released Wednesday. Latino workers were 22.8% of employees while those described as Asian were at 13.6%. White employees were 32.1% of the workforce.

Among U.S. senior leaders, however, White employees made up 70.7%, followed by Asian employees at 20%, Latino workers at 3.9% and Black employees at 3.8%. Women made up just 22.8% of the senior leadership. dallasnews.com

Editor's Note: New administration impact? With an EEOC staffing up?

The Power of Amazon

How Amazon Strong-Arms Partners Using Its Power Across Multiple Businesses

A heavyweight in retail, cloud computing, digital advertising, streaming and smart speakers, the tech giant compels vendors in one market to engage with it in others

Amazon's tactic of leveraging dominance in one business to compel partners to accept terms from another is a familiar one, said former Amazon executives and officials at companies on the receiving end. Amazon's tactics, they said, go beyond typical product bundling and tough negotiating in part because the company threatens punitive action on vital services it offers, such as its retail platform.

Partners often acquiesce to Amazon's demands, the executives and officials said, because of its power in a range of market sectors.

An Amazon spokesman, Jack Evans, said Ecobee still sells on its site. Ecobee spokeswoman Andie Weissman said "Amazon continues to be a valued Ecobee partner." The person familiar with the negotiation said talks continue.

Mr. Barnett, who testified before the U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee last year, said Amazon used its retail-platform power and a promise to rid its marketplace of counterfeit PopSockets products to compel PopSockets to spend more on Amazon's ad service.

In his testimony, he said: "One has to ask, 'How is it that such a successful business maintains partnerships with so many companies while bullying them?'" Because of Amazon's power, he said, "they have to tolerate it." wsj.com

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Tulsa, OK: Organized Retail Theft on the rise in Oklahoma Two women are behind bars for stealing more than $100,000 worth in cigarettes
Their arrest is shedding light on a much bigger problem - organized retail crime. When a retail experiences theft loss, it has to make up for the cost of the stolen items. Often, it is the taxpayer who ends up covering the cost. "In 2018, here in Tulsa, the average professional thief that we sent through to prosecution had stolen a dozen times and had stolen over $9,000 on average before we got them stopped with an arrest," said Norm Smaligo with the Oklahoma Retail Crime Association.

Shoplifting in Oklahoma has been on the rise. Smaligo said the spike in cases is because thieves are masters at what they do, and many have refined their criminal tactics. "We just looked at the criminal histories of 119 career property crime thieves over the past 10 years. Thirty-eight percent of them, despite averaging 14 felony arrests during that time saw zero time in prison." Smaligo with the Oklahoma Retail Crime Association said many continue criminal acts because they often go unpunished. He said many of them experience an average time in prison of fewer than 40 days per felony. "If you think that's a deterrent - it's not. That's nothing to them," Smaligo said. "Forty days, they're in and out, and they go right back to it."  kjrh.com

Lexington, SC: LPD seeking assistance to identify suspects in $5,000 Ulta theft, assault incident
The Lexington Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying three individuals involved in an incident at Ulta Beauty at, 5336 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington Sunday. According to officers, the three individuals fled the store with more than $5,000 in merchandise and assaulted an employee in the process. Surveillance footage shows the suspects taking the items and assaulting the employee on their way out of the store. coladaily.com

Memphis, TN: Suspect charged in $22,000 Jewelry Theft
Memphis police say a man who allegedly stole thousands of dollars in jewelry is behind bars. A witness told loss prevention officers he saw, 28-year-old Anthony Shearer on surveillance video taking jewelry from a building on East Holmes on several occasions during March and April. Loss prevention officers say the total value of jewelry Shearer reportedly took was $22,466. Shearer was arrested and his vehicle was seized and towed.  wmcactionnews5.com

Brunswick, ME: Smashed Front Door, $20,000 in Missing Cards at Maine Hobby Shop
Tuesday got off to a rough start for a hobby shop in Maine where an early morning burglary resulted in the theft of about $20,000 worth of sports cards. Brunswick Police say a passing motorist called them shortly before 8 AM to report a shattered glass front door at J&R Cards, which sells both sports and gaming cards. Patrol units met the business owner moments later and found merchandise missing, including more than 20 current era unopened sports card boxes. sportscollectorsdaily.com

Elizabethtown, KY: Man busted for shoplifting at Lowe's after prior reported thefts
According to an arrest citation, police were at Lowe's investigating another shoplifting case Monday when Hagy entered the store and was identified by Lowe's Loss Prevention personnel, surveillance footage of his thefts and the vehicle he was driving - a Cadillac Deville. When Hagy entered the store and was seen by police, he was arrested. According to arrest citations and a warrant, Hagy reportedly stole the wire and tubing March 6, April 5 and April 9 from Lowe's in Elizabethtown. Value of the items ranged from $628.88 to $1,667.46. He reportedly would put the material in a cart and left the store without paying. Hagy also reportedly previously sold insulated copper wire as scrap at an Elizabethtown business, the citation said. The Class D charges are punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.  thenewsenterprise.com

Florida Man Gets 37 Months Federal Prison For Credit Card Fraud At Universal Orlando Resort
Between March 2018 and June 2020, Fredrick Bernard Lewis (32, Ft. Lauderdale) used stolen credit card numbers belonging to 36 different victims to purchase theme park and hotel packages from Universal Orlando Resort valued at approximately $62,300.

After making a fraudulent purchase, Lewis and his associates would either use the ticket and hotel packages and/or have Universal convert the packages to Universal gift cards. justice.gov

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Shootings & Deaths

Little Rock, AR: US Marshals arrest teen suspected in deadly weekend shooting at Little Rock Outlet Mall

Atlanta, GA: Water boy seen on camera allegedly shooting man in Greenbriar Village shopping center parking lot

Baltimore, MD: Shooting reported across from Mondawmin Mall


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Yorktown, IN: C-store clerk recovering after being attacked with baseball bat
Security video shows the overnight clerk at Yorktown Food Mart just sitting on a stool behind the counter about 1:30 a.m. on April 8 when two men dressed in black burst in and start beating him over the head with a metal baseball bat. The clerk was struck three times before the man with the bat punched a few keys on the cash register. When it wouldn't open, the two suspects ran out of the Marathon gas station convenience store empty-handed. wthr.com

Chicago, IL: 27 Suspects Stream Into South Side Store in Police Video
Area One detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying 27 individuals who police say broke into a business on the South Side on Monday morning. The incident occurred at a retail sporting goods store on the 4600 block of South Halsted Street at 2:18 a.m. on April 12, according to police. Security camera footage of the break-in shows about four to five people smashing the glass doors of the storefront, and then more than 20 people following. Within two minutes, all suspects file out of the store. Some appear to have grabbed sporting equipment or clothes. patch.com

Madison, WI: Shoplifting Suspect accused of threatening Grocery store
employee with a knife
The Madison Police Dept. arrested a 50-year-old man who is accused of threatening a store employee with a knife late Wednesday morning. According to its incident report, the man, identified as Jeffrey Hejdak, was hiding merchandise when he confronted the worker. The name of the store was not released. Officers who responded to scene shortly before 10 a.m. were able to locate Hejdak and took him into custody near the Pick 'n' Save on Shopko Dr. He was booked into the Dane Co. jail on counts of armed robbery, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed knife, and retail theft. nbc15.com

Syracuse, NY: Police looking for second suspect in Walmart Taser robbery
A man allegedly helped his girlfriend escape from a store with bags of stolen goods by shooting an employee with a Taser, charging documents say. As the woman left the Walmart Supercenter at 2228 W. 1700 South on Saturday, an employee ordered her to stop and tried to take the items from her. Christopher Anthony Reyna, 34, allegedly advanced from the parking lot, told the employee to "back off" and shot him in the ribs with a Taser, incapacitating the man, the affidavit said. The Davis County Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged Reyna with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and third-degree felony retail theft. The couple allegedly fled with the stolen goods in an old white Ford Explorer. Police said they identified Reyna with the use of store surveillance video and arrested him later. The woman was identified on the video by a police officer who had seen her before at the Davis County Jail in Farmington, the affidavit said. standard.net

Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Sneaker Store Forced to Close for 7 Months Due to Looting Is Looted Again
A sneaker store in Minnesota has been looted again after it was forced to close for seven months when it was initially robbed in the wake of George Floyd's death. This week, STUDIIYO23 in Minneapolis was looted amid the recent unrest that has broken out in response to Sunday's police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. newsweek.com

Portsmouth, VA: Detectives looking for 2 people who robbed Harris Teeter at gunpoint, threatened store manager

Simi Valley, CA: Man indicted in robbery spree of Trader Joe's stores throughout Southern California




Auto - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Beauty - Lexington, SC - Robbery
C-Store - Huntsville, AL - Robbery
C-Store - Spencer, IA - Robbery
C-Store - Yorktown, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lawton, OK - Burglary
C-Store - Neenah, WI - Burglary /Arson
CVS - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Newark, NJ - Robbery
Grocery - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
Hobby - Brunswick, ME - Burglary
Jewelry - Rochester, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Beachwood, OH - Burglary
Restaurant - Bloomfield, NJ - Burglary
Restaurant- West Plains, MO - Burglary (Little Caesars)
Shoes - Minneapolis, MN - Burglary
Walmart - Syracuse, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Naples, FL - Burglary


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

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