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Cory Smith promoted to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager,
North American Customer Fulfillment for Amazon
Cory has been with Amazon for nearly five years, starting with the company in 2016 as Global Security Compliance. Before his promotion to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager, he spent nearly four years as Regional Security Manager. Prior to joining Amazon, he spent nearly two years with Apollo Education Group as Director Global Security and Global Security Operations. Earlier in his career, he held security roles with Target. Congratulations, Cory!

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Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls expands partnership with VSBLTY to enhance shopper engagements, retail outcomes & connectivity

Sensormatic IQ, the new intelligent operating platform for retail, combines Sensormatic Solution's retail analytics with VSBLTY's shopper demographics and Content Management audience analytics to boost in-store sales

Partnership helps retailers connect the dots between in-store engagements and shoppers' buying habits

Sensormatic Solutions and its Sensormatic IQ platform are an important component of Johnson Controls OpenBlue technologies, which leverage big data and artificial intelligence to optimize healthy buildings

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland - May 20, 2021 - Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced that it has expanded its partnership with VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. to further advance Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, to offer retailers the ability to increase consumer engagement at the point-of-purchase and discover demographic insights driving those purchase decisions.

Sensormatic IQ, the new intelligent operating platform for retail, integrates the full Sensormatic Solutions portfolio, retailer, and third-party data sources, and it's backed by a robust technology partner ecosystem, delivering predictive and prescriptive retail outcomes. As a strategic partner, VSBLTY brings unique analytics and insight, providing complementary data streams to Sensormatic Solutions' existing shopper insights portfolio. Integrating VSBLTY's computer vision technology with Sensormatic IQ's broad portfolio solutions provides retailers with enriched, actionable shopper demographic information to better understand the shopper engagement at the point of purchase. Additionally, the partnership will help boost in-store sales through delivery of context-sensitive, targeted advertising and promotional video content throughout the store and on digital displays. Read more here

Crime & Protests

Tracking protesters with facial recognition, fake identities & digital surveillance
Inside the post office's covert internet operations program

Lawmakers & privacy experts sound the alarm over the post office's covert operations program, which is much broader than previously known

The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), which tracks social media posts of Americans and shares that information with other law enforcement agencies. Yet the program is much broader in scope than previously known and includes analysts who assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools and employ facial recognition software, according to interviews and documents reviewed by Yahoo News.

Among the tools used by the analysts is Clearview AI, a facial recognition software that scrapes images off public websites, a practice that has raised the ire of privacy advocates. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service uses Clearview's facial recognition database of over 3 billion images from arrest photos collected from across social media "to help identify unknown targets in an investigation or locate additional social media accounts for known individuals," according to materials reviewed by Yahoo News.

Other tools employed by the Inspection Service include Zignal Labs' software, which it uses to run keyword searches on social media event pages to identify potential threats from upcoming scheduled protests, according to Inspection Service documents. It also uses Nfusion, another software program, to create and maintain anonymous, untraceable email and social media accounts.

The Inspection Service's expansive surveillance program has raised concerns among lawmakers and privacy and civil liberties experts, and the use of sophisticated software tools raises even more questions.

"The U.S. Postal Inspection Service appears to be putting significant resources into covert monitoring of social media and the creation and use of undercover accounts. If these efforts are directed toward surveilling lawful protesters, the public and Congress need to know why this is happening, under what authority and subject to what kinds of oversight and protections," said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, deputy director of the Liberty & National Security Program of the Brennan Center for Justice.

In a statement to Yahoo News, Clearview AI, the facial recognition company, said it is "honored to work with over 3,100 law enforcement agencies around the United States to help them identify countless criminals, from pedophiles, serial fraudsters, and murderers. Clearview AI is not a real-time surveillance system, but an after-the-fact investigative tool, and only collects publicly available information from the internet." yahoo.com

Community Security Teams
Brooklyn Center turned to community groups, paying them to keep peace during tense protests
He asked what he calls "community and protest organizers" to meet with city officials and police to figure out how to keep people on both sides of the fence safe and prevent the police station from burning and businesses from being looted.

They contracted with six community groups to help keep protests peaceful: the Minnesota Freedom Fighters, We Push for Peace, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, A Mothers Love, WW Protection and Second Chance.

Edwards calls them "interveners" because they literally get between protesters and police.

These ad hoc alliances will likely continue as cities face protests and high-profile trials of police officers accused of brutality.  The effort isn't cheap - Brooklyn Center spent $140,000 while Minneapolis is spending $1 million this year - but city officials say it's money well spent if it de-escalates tense demonstrations.

The Freedom Fighters made their presence known at the protests. Wearing mostly black clothing and protective vests that say "Freedom Fighters" on the chest, they got in the faces of protesters who tried to tear down or cut fencing or throw things at police.

The group of about two dozen predominantly Black men formed after the NAACP put a call out for help guarding small businesses after George Floyd's killing last year ignited riots and looting across the Twin Cities. Their patrols of businesses expanded to neighborhoods and then protests. Normally they're well-armed with licensed firearms, but Edwards said they weren't armed at the Brooklyn Center protests. minnesotareformer.com

Most Portland Residents Want Stronger Police Presence
Majority of Portlanders feel police presence should increase or remain the same after year of protests

Half of all respondents said they felt that Portland's police presence should increase

The majority of Portland residents feel that police presence in the Oregon city should increase or remain the same, according to researched obtained by Oregon Live/The Oregonian.

Half of all respondents said they felt that Portland's police presence should increase, while an additional 24% said it should remain the same, the report said. Meanwhile, 42% people who lived in the city of Portland reportedly said it should increase, while 30% said it should "stay at current levels."

Out of all respondents, 15% said they felt the police presence should decrease, while 11% said they don't know, the report said.

Tensions flared in Portland for as many as 100 days straight during the summer of 2020 as protesters called for an end to systemic racism and police brutality in the wake of several high-profile deaths. The unrest has continued in spates throughout the year and often descended into violence and destruction.

When asked whether respondents felt downtown Portland - where protests and riots have frequently broken out over the past year - "is more or less safe than it was 12 months ago," 42% said it was "much less safe." foxnews.com

Mass Shooting Legislation: "Protecting Our Communities Act"
Lawmakers introduce bill to close gun loopholes & prevent mass shootings
Eight House Democrats unveiled legislation on Wednesday aiming to close existing gun law loopholes and prevent mass shootings.

Rep. Val Demings's (D-Fla.) office said in a statement that the lawmakers' goal is to move "swiftly on a package of common-sense efforts to close obvious loopholes in America's gun laws, prevent mass shootings, and protect law enforcement officers and the public from high-powered, rapid-firing and untraceable weapons."

H.R. 3299, the "Protecting Our Communities Act," comes as a series of mass shootings over the past few months has fueled calls for gun reform. A series of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight dead, including six Asian women, in March. Another roughly one week later at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., killed 10.

The House in response passed a bill tightening background checks on firearm transfers and sales, and President Biden has unveiled a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence. thehill.com

StarTribune Op-Ed on Ending Violence in Minneapolis
Violence against innocents in Minneapolis

Three children have been shot in three weeks, and one has now died. It's time for a three-step approach to put the city on a better path.

Criminals in Minneapolis are now routinely shooting children. Ladavionne Garrett Jr. is 10 years old and was shot on April 30. Trinity Ottoson-Smith is 9 and was shot on May 15. Aniya Allen was 6, was shot on Monday, and died of her injuries on Wednesday.

The response so far from the city's political leadership? Old wine in new bottles. Hold news conferences, wring hands, emote. But when three of our city's children are gunned down in the street in three weeks, the time for useless half-measures is over.

From the perspective of this dad raising kids in the city, three things need to happen: (1) Immediately, government must restore peace to the streets and implement common-sense police reform; (2) in the medium term, we residents must clean house on current elected leadership; and (3) in the long term, we must all continue building the city's fabric so that every resident can thrive in family, school, worship, job and neighborhood life. startribune.com

Purse & Bag Thief Targets Asian Women in Seattle
Seattle police arrest man for allegedly stealing purses and bags, thousands of dollars from more than a dozen primarily Asian women
Police have arrested a 26-year-old man they think has been stealing purses and bags from more than a dozen women in Seattle's Chinatown International District, Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill neighborhoods over the past month and a half, authorities said Wednesday.

Detectives believe he is one of two men who has been approaching people - primarily Asian women between 40 and 80 years old - near their vehicles outside grocery stores, then grabbing their bags before fleeing in a vehicle. According to probable-cause documents, the man was allegedly involved in about 14 cases of theft at Asian markets in Seattle from early April to mid-May.

Most of the women had anywhere from $50 to $10,000 of cash in their purses, in addition to credit cards, cellphones, drivers licenses and jewelry, police said. In each theft, according to officers, two men pulled up in a vehicle without license plates next to the victim's car, then one got out of the car and grabbed the woman's purse or bag before driving away. seattletimes.com

Police Protests Across the Pond
Thousands of French Police Protest in Call for More Protection

The protesters declared that police work has become increasingly dangerous because of the government's failure to fix the country's social problems.

Declaring that their work has become increasingly dangerous because of the government's failure to address France's underlying social problems, thousands of police officers protested in Paris on Wednesday in a show of force that left politicians scrambling.

Police union leaders demanded tougher laws for violence against officers and stiffer sentences against convicted criminals as thousands massed in the rain in front of the National Assembly, issuing warnings to political leaders who were present but were not invited to speak.

The protest, organized by 14 police unions, came after the recent killings of an officer and a police employee, even as pressure has been mounting to reform a force often criticized for its brutal tactics and racist behavior. nytimes.com

House Passes Bill To Investigate Capitol Riot, But Its Fate In Senate Is Unclear

Elizabeth City police declare unlawful assembly after protesters block roadway

Louisville mayor urges city leaders to encourage police de-escalation at protests

COVID Update

277.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 33.8M Cases - 601.9K Dead - 27.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 165.6M Cases - 3.4M Dead - 144.6M Recovered

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The U.S. is plummeting in all COVID categories

Herd Immunity Is Likely Out of Reach
"From the earliest days of the pandemic, herd immunity has consistently factored into conversations about how countries can find their way out of lockdowns and restrictions.

"Now, many experts believe that the United States may never reach the requisite level of immunity. We explore why, and what it might look like to live in a country where there is no herd immunity against the coronavirus.

I think when we gave up on masking, many people started thinking we had beat the disease. The impetus to get vaccinated will quickly wane, even though in Ohio they are doing vaccination lottery prizes of $1 million to motivate people to get vaccinated.

If we get close to 50-55 percent of the population, we'll be lucky. Right now we are only at 30 percent of the total population. Adding age groups to the list will help, but my prediction is that the coronavirus will be with us moving forward.

I'm hopeful for an annual vaccination like the flu vaccine. That is the only comfort I personally have for the future. govtech.com

More Retailers Unmask
Kroger, Hy-Vee, Publix join retailers relaxing face mask policies
The Kroger Co., Hy-Vee and Publix Super Markets are among the growing list of retailers no longer requiring face coverings for shoppers fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket operator, said Wednesday that starting tomorrow customers and employees who have completed coronavirus vaccinations - two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - won't need to wear a mask in its facilities, including stores, distribution centers, plants and offices, unless otherwise required by state or local jurisdiction.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee began relaxing its face covering requirement yesterday in accordance with the CDC's new guidelines. The Midwestern grocer noted that it "has consistently followed the CDC's recommendations" as new guidance was released.

Publix instituted its new face mask policy on May 15, shortly after the CDC unveiled its updated guidance. The Lakeland, Fla.-based supermarket chain, which operates 1,270 stores in seven Southeastern states, said it will no longer require fully vaccinated associates or shoppers to wear face coverings, unless mandated by a state or local order or ordinance. supermarketnews.com

Vaccinated Amazon Employees Can Unmask - As Long as They Show Proof
Amazon will end its mask requirement for vaccinated employees in the US
On Monday May 24, Amazon will nix its mask requirement for fully vaccinated operations employees in the US. Exceptions will apply to employees in states or localities that retain mask mandates. In communications sent to workers, the e-commerce giant said that "all other COVID-19 Safety protocols remain the same at this time."

The company sent out a push notification on its internal A to Z app that said maskless employees must be "14 or more days past your final dose of vaccine (the second dose in a 2-dose series for Pfizer or Moderna or single dose for Johnson & Johnson) and have a copy of your vaccine card."

In terms of rolling out its new policy, Amazon is asking workers to enter their vaccine information onto the A to Z app, as well as claim their $40 per dose benefit. Currently, the company also has listed a number of regions where masks will still be required, for the time being, regardless of employees' vaccination status. businessinsider.com

Grocery Workers Speak Out on Lifting Mask Rules
Grocery and retail CEOs ending COVID mask rules for vaccinated must address risks shoppers and workers face
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million essential food and retail workers nationwide- including over 62,000 Washington State frontline workers, cautioned against the growing trend of top retailers ending mask requirements for vaccinated shoppers and employees in the wake of new CDC guidance.

UFCW is the union for Kroger workers as well as frontline workers at CVS, Albertsons, Macy's, and other major retailers across the country. Kroger announced today it was ending mask requirements for vaccinated shoppers and workers.

As the union for frontline grocery and retail workers, UFCW is calling on the CEOs of Kroger and all retailers to take action to reassure the public that the majority of those in stores will still wear masks to keep shoppers and workers safe given ongoing COVID risks and the fact there are still over 200 million Americans not fully vaccinated as the pandemic continues. westsideseattle.com

Workplaces COVID Rules to be Relaxed in California?
CA considers dropping workplace mask, distancing rules if everyone vaccinated
California is considering dropping mask and physical distancing rules for employees at work sites if everyone there is fully vaccinated, another major step in moving back to normal as coronavirus cases continue to plummet.

The discussions come as employers are considering plans to bring employees back into workplaces, especially those that went to remote work during the pandemic. It also underscores the growing optimism that the vaccine could bring major changes fairly soon.

California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is expected to weigh further steps to relax masking and physical distancing requirements for vaccinated workers.

Among proposed changes the board will weigh Thursday morning: dropping a requirement for workers to wear masks when everyone in a room is fully vaccinated and does not have COVID-19 symptoms; and no longer requiring physical distancing at locations at which all employees are fully vaccinated. latimes.com

New COVID Safety Course for Retail Associates
COVID-19 safety training available for retail workers
A new online training course launched by the University of Southern Maine's Cutler Institute focuses on protecting retail workers from exposure to COVID-19.

The free 90-minute course - developed with funding from OSHA - covers retail safety protocols, specific risks in retail settings, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to limit the spread of the disease in the workplace.

The course can be started and stopped at the user's convenience to continue training at a different time. A downloadable certificate is available after workers complete the course. safetyandhealthmagazine.com

UAW to continue with masks until OSHA issues guidance

The Safest Companies in the U.S.
Is Your Company One of America's Safest Companies?

EHS Today is accepting applications until July 31 for the 2021 class of America's Safest Companies.

If you think your company has a culture that elevates safety to a world-class level, then consider applying to be named one of America's Safest Companies.

Since 2002, more than 250 companies have been honored by EHS Today for their occupational safety, health, environmental and risk management efforts by being named one of America's Safest Companies. Safety is everyone's business at these companies, from the newest hire to the CEO and the chairman of the board.

To be considered one of America's Safest Companies, organizations must demonstrate: support from leadership and management for EHS efforts; employee involvement in the EHS process; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries; comprehensive training programs; evidence that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; good communication about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process.

Submitted applications must be for the entire company/organization, not just one single location that operates as part of the company. The company's corporate headquarters must be based in the United States. Previous winners must wait five years before reapplying.

The application process is open until July 31, 2021. There is no cost to apply. You can find the application by clicking on this link. ehstoday.com

Dollar General's Quiet Domination
How Dollar General Is Disrupting Grocery

Initiatives driving the quiet domination at America's fastest-growing retailer

The fact that Yale University and the CDC would select Dollar General as the ideal retailer for vaccine distribution, as opposed to Walmart or CVS, speaks to the company's position of power in the food retail industry, a position that is set only to strengthen as it deploys several new strategic initiatives ideally suited for the post-pandemic economy of 2021 and beyond.

Supersized Footprint
In 2020, Dollar General opened more than 1,000 new stores, and remodeled another 1,670 locations. This year, Dollar General plans to open 1,050 new stores, remodel 1,750 stores and relocate 100 stores, representing 2,900 real estate projects in total. With a current (as of this writing) footprint of 17,266 stores, Dollar General is riding a wave of favorable socioeconomic conditions to a projected 18,316 locations by the end of 2021.

The New Corner Store
At the end of 2020, around 1,100 Dollar General locations offered perishable grocery, including many of its Dollar General Market stores. The company plans to add produce to approximately 700 more stores in 2021, bringing the total number of stores that carry produce to more than 1,800.

More New Territory
Looking ahead, Dollar General plans to focus on offering an even more personalized digital offering, with the goal of driving higher levels of customer engagement and loyalty. The company also intends to expand its FedEx package pickup and dropoff service, now available in 8,500-plus stores, to more than 9,500 stores by year-end. progressivegrocer.com

Retailers See the Writing on the Wall
Under Armour is the latest company to raise wages during the pandemic. Here are the major firms that hiked pay over the past year.
Workers are demanding higher wages to offset the rising cost of living. A handful of businesses have seen the writing on the wall and started paying workers more throughout the pandemic.

Here are ten companies who have announced or delivered pay raises in the past year:

Higher Wages Already Attracting More Candidates
Chipotle attracted nearly 24,000 applicants through an online job fair a week after the chain announced it was boosting its minimum wage
Chipotle says it received more than 23,000 job applications through online chat platform Discord. The thousands of applicants came just after the fast casual chain announced it would raise the average hourly wage to $15 and hire 20,000 new workers.

As retailers struggle to hire workers, Chipotle became the first brand to launch a career fair on Discord, the company said. Discord is a group chatting platform originally built for gamers, but the service is now used by all kinds of online communities. The Discord server hosted recruitment content and sessions with Chipotle employees on benefits and career paths.

Over a one-week period, Chipotle told Insider that it received 23,873 total applications following the career fair, an increase of 77% over the previous week and 298% over the first week of April. businessinsider.com

Shifting Away from Malls
Macy's, Victoria's Secret abandon the dying American mall to boost sales
In first-quarter earnings commentary this week, the two retailers discussed plans to focus on more off-mall locations.

Macy's is "continuing to test and expand" its presence away from malls, CEO Jeff Gennette said on a call with investors on Tuesday. The company is opening five new locations away from sprawling malls, including Market by Macy's, its trendy concept store.

Meanwhile, it has been closing unprofitable mall-based stores and investing in only the "best malls" as part of its three-year "Polaris" turnaround plan to cut costs and boost growth.

L Brands, the owner of Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, said in its first-quarter earnings commentary Wednesday that around 47% of its more than 1,700 Bath & Body Works stores are now located in off-mall locations. It is expecting to open 50 new locations outside of malls this year and close between 20 to 40 mall-based stores. businessinsider.com

L Brands says the govt's pandemic relief drove $125M in sales & stoked profits

Peloton adds a password lock screen to its recalled $4,295 Tread+ treadmill

Quarterly Results
May's Q1 comp's up 62.5%, digital sales up 34%, net sales up 55.9%
Target Q1 comp's up 18%, digital sales up 50%, net sales up 23.3%
Home Depot Q1 comp's 31%, digital sales up 27%, net sales up 32.7%
Lowe's Q1 comp's up 25.9%, net sales up 24.1%

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Behind the Colonial Ransomware Payment
Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom

Joseph Blount says he needed to quickly restore service after cyberattack threatened East Coast supply

The operator of the Colonial Pipeline learned it was in trouble at daybreak on May 7, when an employee found a ransom note from hackers on a control-room computer. By that night, the company's chief executive officer came to a difficult conclusion: He had to pay.

Joseph Blount, CEO of Colonial Pipeline Co., told The Wall Street Journal that he authorized the ransom payment of $4.4 million because executives were unsure how badly the cyberattack had breached its systems, and consequently, how long it would take to bring the pipeline back.

Mr. Blount acknowledged publicly for the first time that the company had paid the ransom, saying it was an option he felt he had to exercise, given the stakes involved in a shutdown of such critical energy infrastructure. The Colonial Pipeline provides roughly 45% of the fuel for the East Coast, according to the company.

"I know that's a highly controversial decision," Mr. Blount said in his first public remarks since the crippling hack. "I didn't make it lightly. I will admit that I wasn't comfortable seeing money go out the door to people like this."

"But it was the right thing to do for the country," he added.

In return for the payment-made in the form of bitcoin, about 75 in all, according to a person familiar with the matter-the company received a decryption tool to unlock the systems that hackers penetrated. While it proved to be of some use, it ultimately wasn't enough to immediately restore the pipeline's systems, the person said.

The pipeline, which transports gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products from the Gulf Coast to Linden, N.J., wound up being shut down for six days. The stoppage spurred a run on gasoline along parts of the East Coast that pushed prices to the highest levels in more than 6 ½ years and left thousands of gas stations without fuel.

East Coast stockpiles of gasoline dropped by about 4.6 million barrels last week, the steepest weekly drop since late February, Energy Department data showed. wsj.com

Attack Began Months Earlier Than Previously Known
SolarWinds CEO: Attack Began Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Investigation shows threat actors began probing SolarWinds' network in January 2019, according to Sudhakar Ramakrishna.

The attack on SolarWinds that resulted in malware being distributed to thousands of the company's customers started a full eight months earlier than previously thought.

At a keynote session at the RSA Conference today, SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna said the company's continuing investigation of the breach shows the nation-state group behind it began probing SolarWinds' network as early as January 2019. The breach remained undetected until December 2020, or nearly two full years after the initial malicious activity.

Previously, it was widely believed that attackers first gained access to SolarWinds' systems in October 2019.
Security researchers and industry experts have widely described the SolarWinds breach as one of the most significant security incidents in recent years, both for its scope and sophistication. Details about the breach that have been released so far indicate the attack began when threat actors gained initial access to SolarWinds' build environment and planted malware called "Sunspot" into a single source-code file. They used the malware to insert a backdoor called Sunburst/Solarigate into builds of SolarWind's Orion network management product, which were then digitally signed and sent out to 18,000 SolarWinds customers.

A small subset of those victims - from government and the private sector - were later subjected to further intrusions and cyber espionage activity aimed at extracting sensitive data. The victims of data theft included several technology companies, such as Microsoft and FireEye. The attack and the extraordinary operational stealth with which it was carried out has sparked widespread concern about the vulnerability of US companies and government agencies to sophisticated nation-state actors.

US authorities have attributed the attack to a threat group working on behalf of Russia's foreign intelligence services group. FireEye, one of the security vendors that has been investigating the breach, is tracking the group as UNC2542. darkreading.com

An Increasingly Important & Evolving Role
The CSO role today: Responsibilities and requirements for the top security job

The CSO is the executive responsible for the organization's entire security posture, both physical and cyber, and has the big picture view of the company's operational risk.

The title chief security officer (CSO) was first used principally inside the information technology function to designate the person responsible for IT security. At many companies, the term CSO is still used in this way. Chief information security officer (CISO) is perhaps a more accurate description of this position, and today the CISO title is becoming more prevalent for leaders with an exclusive information security focus. But the distinction is not necessarily clean cut, as we'll see in a moment.

The CSO title is also used at some companies to describe the leader of the "corporate security" function, which includes the physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets. More commonly, this person holds a title such as vice president or director of corporate security. Historically, corporate security and information security have been handled by separate (and sometimes feuding) departments.

Increasingly, CSO means what it sounds like: The CSO is the executive responsible for the organization's entire security posture, both physical and digital. CSOs also frequently own or participate closely in related areas such as business continuity planning, loss prevention and fraud prevention, and privacy. Of course, there are many smart folks in the real world with the official CSO title who don't shoulder the burden for both areas.

However, if the CEO has a question about finance-any question-then he expects the "Chief Financial Officer" to be able to answer, or find the answer quickly. When the "Chief Security Officer" answers security questions with "Oh, that's not my problem; that's those other guys over there," the message to the CEO is that there's really no "chief" who has the big picture view of the company's operational risk. csoonline.com

Android apps exposed data of millions through cloud authentication failures

Malicious apps are not the only security problem on our handsets: misconfiguration can also put us at risk.

Researchers analyzing Android apps have discovered serious cloud misconfigurations leading to the potential exposure of data belonging to over 100 million users.

In a report published on Thursday by Check Point Research, the cybersecurity firm said no less than 23 popular mobile apps contained a variety of "misconfigurations of third party cloud services."

Cloud services are widely used by online services and apps today, perhaps even more so due to the rapid shift to remote working caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While useful in data management, storage, and processing, it only takes one access or authorization oversight to expose or leak records held. zdnet.com

Apple isn't happy about the amount of Mac malware out there




'Monumental Step' Toward Legal Cannabis
Marijuana Medical Research Growers Receive U.S. Approval

DEA licenses companies to cultivate cannabis for study, ending effective freeze under Trump administration

The U.S. government has approved new growers of research marijuana for the first time in more than 50 years, people involved in the process said, widening the capacity to study the drug's medical value.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's action after years of delay means researchers will be able to study marijuana from more than one grower, a farm at the University of Mississippi, which the government approved in 1968 as the only legal source of pot for federal research. Researchers have long argued that they need to study a wider variety of the plant to know if it can be effective in alleviating pain, fighting seizures, combating depression and relieving post-traumatic stress.

"This is a monumental step," said George Hodgin, a former Navy SEAL who has been waiting more than two years for his business, Biopharmaceutical Research Co. in Monterey, Calif., to receive permission to conduct studies. "This type of long-term thinking from the government will allow companies like ours to pioneer a federally legal cannabis market for products that are tested and approved to help the public." wsj.com

Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Medical Marijuana Approval
Medical marijuana activists decry court decision
Mississippi was supposed to join dozens of other states with medical marijuana programs. People looking to grow and dispense marijuana for medical purposes were making plans, some spending millions on land and buildings. Those eligible under the list of 22 debilitating conditions were counting on it come August.

On Friday, the Mississippi Supreme Court flipped that reality upside down.

Its decision to overrule a voter-approved medical marijuana initiative has sparked outrage from several organizations. Some have started petitions, one coalition called for a boycott of the city of Madison - its mayor filed the lawsuit that was before the court - and another is planning a rally for June.

"The Supreme Court's decision effectively told the people of Mississippi: 'You have no voice, no vehicle for voter initiative, y'all's power is over,'" said Diesoul Blankenship, with Mississippians for Medical Marijuana and co-owner of Magnolia. "It's nothing short of erroneous and illegal." clarionledger.com

Bringing Pot on a Plane
Does TSA Care About Marijuana in 2021?
The Transportation Security Administration wouldn't admit it, but they're pretty apathetic about personal amounts of pot right now - or any personal amount of recreational drugs, for that matter.

Although the TSA's website warns travelers that only high-CBD products approved by the Food and Drug Administration are allowed on flights, the policy also advises that "TSA's screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.

Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer." westword.com

CO Lawmakers Aim to Restrict Medical Marijuana Access & Concentrate Sales
A new bill proposed by Alec Garnett, Colorado's Speaker of the House, calls for more packaging restrictions for commercial marijuana concentrate and tighter rules for medical marijuana patients and physicians, including a required THC dosage amount and tracking system for patient purchases.

After months of negotiations around limiting the potency of legal marijuana products, late last week lawmakers and a powerful portion of the pot industry reached a compromise bill. And while that proposal doesn't include a potency limit, it does contain a new set of guardrails, studies and tracking provisions intended to reduce youth marijuana use and diversion to the black market. westword.com

The benefits and unintended consequences of recreational cannabis

Major change to Minnesota medical cannabis law approved




Discrimination & Retaliation Lawsuits
Amazon hit with 5 lawsuits from warehouse and corporate employees alleging discrimination and retaliation
Amazon is facing a wave of five new lawsuits filed Wednesday by employees across its workforce who say they faced illegal discrimination and retaliation on the job, primarily from white male managers.

The lawsuits were filed by current and former Amazon corporate and warehouse employees in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. They accuse Amazon managers and HR employees of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, and allege systemic biases in hirings, promotions, and firings at Amazon based on race and gender.

Four of the employees claim they were retaliated against after raising complaints, three of which were fired, and attorneys for the employees said Amazon's top executives and HR department "routinely protected and abetted" abusive managers.

"Amazon can no longer dismiss abusive behavior and retaliation by white managers as mere anecdotes. These are systemic problems, entrenched deep within the company and perpetuated by a human resources organization that treats employees who raise concerns as the problem," the attorneys added.

In a statement to Insider, an Amazon spokesperson said: "We are conducting thorough investigations for each of these unrelated cases, as we do with any reported incidents, and we have found no evidence to support the allegations."

The lawsuits come ahead of Amazon's annual shareholder meeting, where investors are set to vote on a proposal introduced by the New York Common Retirement Fund that would require Amazon to undergo an independent racial equity audit. Amazon unsuccessfully tried to get the proposal tossed out. businessinsider.com

Target Takes Aim at Amazon's Strength
Curbside pickup became one of Target's most valuable weapons to compete with Amazon during the pandemic, and it shows no signs of slowing down

Target's curbside and pickup delivery options have become a key part of its business model.

The big-box chain reported blockbuster first-quarter earnings Wednesday despite coming up against strong comparatives from the year before. Sales at stores open at least a year across both its online and in-store business were up 23% year-on-year.

But the standout component in its earnings was its same-day services - including curbside delivery, store pickup, and delivery through its service Shipt - which are all fulfilled by stores. These grew by more than 90%, led by a 123% boost in curbside delivery specifically, it said.

These services enable Target to leverage its store network and put brick-and-mortar front and center of its business model, giving it a competitive advantage over online-centric Amazon. According to the earnings release, 95% of all sales in the first quarter were fulfilled by its stores.

"Stores continued to be the linchpin of Target's online capability, once again validating management's strategic decision to position them at the center of its online flywheel, " Moody's vice president Charlie O'Shea wrote in a note emailed to Insider on Wednesday.

The company's physical footprint "is a major strategic advantage," Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail, said in a note to clients on Wednesday. "Using existing real estate to drive online helps Target's profitability and improves efficiency for shoppers - which is one of the reasons Target has high satisfaction ratings for its online business," he said. businessinsider.com

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Palo Alto, CA: $150K in Handbags Stolen in Grab-and-Run Robbery
at Neiman Marcus
Handbags valued at more than $150,000 were stolen in a "coordinated" grab-and-run theft Wednesday afternoon from the Neiman Marcus store at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto police said. Police in an advisory said at least 10 people, five males and five females, entered the store at 180 El Camino Real after noon and "grabbed 43 handbags, some of which they physically ripped off security cables (causing some glass in display cabinets to shatter)." They then fled in three vehicles -- described as a white Ford Mustang, a dark blue Infiniti four-door sedan, and a white Infiniti four-door sedan -- before officers arrived. Police believe at least two more people acted as getaway drivers.

All of the suspects were wearing face coverings and hooded items of clothing, according to witness descriptions, police said. Police released images of some of the robbers captured on surveillance video. An initial call to police reported someone with a gun in the store, but investigators believe the sound of display case glass being shattered was mistaken for gunshots. nbcbayarea.com

Update: Atlanta, GA: Suspects used stolen credit cards to buy $1.7 million
worth of cigarettes
Two Atlanta men and others were sentenced to federal prison for buying millions of dollars' worth of cigarettes with stolen credit cards. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Mamadou Sow, Demarcus Myree, Boubacar Tivalo, and Jacob James were sentenced for using fraudulent credit cards at metro Atlanta Sam's Club to purchase cigarettes. The four men obtained Sam's Club membership cards in their names and aliases, according to a U.S. Attorney official.

From September 2018 through November 2018, the defendants used dozens of stolen credit cards to buy $1.7 million worth of cigarettes at multiple Sam's Clubs throughout metro Atlanta. "Identity theft wreaks havoc on the lives of individuals and compromises the financial security of victims," said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. "The sentences reflect the egregiousness of their conduct and the harm caused to dozens of victims, including individuals, financial institutions, and the retail establishments." The defendants have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross as follows:

Demarcus Myree, a/k/a Yuri Markosov, 27, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to two years, six months in prison for access device fraud and possession of a stolen firearm, to be followed by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft. He was also sentenced to serve two years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $339,545.42. Myree was convicted on these charges on June 26, 2019, after he pleaded guilty.

Jacob James, a/k/a Mark Johnson and Joe Johnson, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to two years in prison for access device fraud, to be followed by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft. He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $635,242.75. James was convicted on these charged on November 24, 2020, after he pleaded guilty.

Mamadou Sow, a/k/a Moussa Sow, 30, of Guinea, was sentenced to two years, six months in prison for access device fraud, to be followed by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft. He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $749,772.31. Sow was convicted on these charges on July 23, 2019, after he pleaded guilty.

Boubacar Tivalo, a/k/a Tivado Boubacar, 46, of Guinea, was sentenced to two years, six months in prison for access device fraud, to be followed by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft. He was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $664,305.52. Tivalo was convicted on these charges on September 10, 2019, after he pleaded guilty. cbs46.com

Keene, NH: Man gets prison sentence for drug dealing, $30,000 of
stolen property recovered
A Keene man charged with running a drug-selling operation in the area and possessing large amounts of stolen property was sentenced to three to eight years in prison Tuesday. Christopher M. LaCroix, 28, pleaded guilty in Cheshire County Superior Court to possession of a controlled drug after a prior conviction and receiving stolen property, both felonies, according to court documents. He also admitted to violating his probation.
LaCroix was arrested in December along with another man, Ryan Youngman, 29, of Winchester. According to an affidavit written by Detective Jennifer Truman, several people told Keene police that Youngman was selling for LaCroix, and an informant working with police bought crack cocaine and heroin/fentanyl from Youngman.
When Keene police arrested LaCroix and searched his house on New Acres Road on Dec. 4, officers found a large amount of merchandise, including security equipment and electronics, Truman wrote in a separate affidavit. Text messages on his phone indicated another person was stealing items from area stores and trading it to LaCroix for money or drugs, according to the affidavit. Police estimated the value of the merchandise at $30,000, the department said in its news release. sentinelsource.com

Cody, WY: Teens charged with stealing over $1,000 of Pokemon cards from Walmart
Two Cody men are facing felonies for stealing more than 3,000 Pokemon cards from Walmart. Hudgel Selk, 18, and Logan Brown, 18, were allegedly caught on camera 11 different times stealing trading cards from the store. Each faces a charge for theft of property valued $1,000 or more, a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. In total, 3,464 cards were stolen by them. To date, 2,470 cards have been appraised, for a value of $1,070. All of the cards were returned by Brown and Selk to law enforcement authorities. codyenterprise.com

Punta Gorda, FL: $35K in exotic lizards stolen from breeder

Allen Park, MI: Two thieves break into Daily Mart, steal $1,500 in vape products

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Shootings & Deaths

San Antonio, TX: Man shot, killed in parking lot of East Side convenience store
A man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an East Side convenience store late Wednesday night, San Antonio police said. Officers were called around 11 p.m. to Stanley's Ice House Station on E Commerce, after receiving word of shots fired. According to police, officers arrived to find a man with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said there was a large gathering of people in the area, but nobody saw the shooting. A black sedan however was seen fleeing. SAPD did not give a name or age of the person killed. A motive for the shooting is not known. ksat.com

Chicago, IL: Man and Teen, 16, Die After Shooting Erupts at C-Store
A man caught in the crossfire when shots were fired inside a Chicago store was killed along with a 16-year-old boy who had fired into the business, police said. Chicago police said the teen fired shots into Big Salem's Food Mart on the city's South Side about 9 p.m. Wednesday while apparently targeting two males inside the business. usnews.com

New York, NY: NYPD officers exchange gunshots with Boost Mobile robbery suspect in the Bronx
Police exchanged gunfire with a suspected robber outside a Bronx cell phone store Wednesday night, cops said. The officers weren't hit, and it wasn't immediately clear if the suspect was wounded. According to police, two NYPD officers were responding to a robbery at a Boost Mobile store on E. 174th St. and Vyse Ave. in East Morrisania when they confronted a gunman just before 6:30 p.m. The armed man had a running dispute with a store worker, and had pulled out a gun when cops arrived, sources said. The man fired a shot, and the officers returned fire, police said. Cops recovered the man's gun after he fled the scene, police said. nbcnewyork.com

New Orleans, LA: Indiana man charged in Uptown CVS robbery, NOPD shootout has change of plea hearing set
In a sign that he may have struck a deal with federal prosecutors, one of two Indianapolis men charged with trying to rob painkillers from an Uptown drugstore at gunpoint and getting into a shootout with New Orleans police nearly two years ago is set to appear at a rearraignment on May 25. The rearraignment - or change of plea - hearing at U.S. District Court in New Orleans for Richard Sansbury, 28, is scheduled to take place a little less than three weeks before a June 14 trial date for him and his co-defendant, 20-year-old Alan Parson. Sansbury and Parson pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to rob a pharmacy, attempted robbery of a pharmacy and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, which are all federal crimes. But defendants almost always plead guilty at rearraignments, usually in hopes of giving themselves the best possible shot at a more lenient sentence. nola.com

Houston, TX: Man trapped, shot at and robbed in restaurant drive-thru after leaving expensive jewelry store
Houston Police are looking for a couple robbery suspects that shot at a man in a restaurant drive-thru after leaving an expensive jewelry store off Richmond Ave. Investigators say on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at around 2:00 pm, the victim was in the drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant, located at the 6000 block of Richmond. The victim told police that a black Mercedes suddenly cut in front of him while a silver Chrysler 300 blocked him from the side. One of the passengers in the black Mercedes rolled down his window and fired two rounds from an assault rifle, striking the victims vehicle, according to investigators. Another man in the Mercedes then jumped out of the vehicle and approached the victim while demanding his money. The suspect reached inside the man's vehicle, forcibly took his necklace from his neck and then grabbed his money. The suspect got back into the Mercedes and both vehicles then fled the scene, according to police. Shortly before this incident occurred, the victim told officials that they were inside a high-end jewelry store at the 6200 block of Richmond. He believes that someone might have noticed that he had a large sum of cash while he was purchasing jewelry and followed him to the fast food restaurant. cw39.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Victoria, B.C. Canada: Loss Prevention Officer survives Stabbing; Guard was stabbed while stopping a theft from Canadian Tire store
A loss-prevention officer was stabbed while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter at the Canadian Tire store at Hillside Shopping Centre Tuesday evening. The officer was able to apply a tourniquet to himself using a belt to stem the bleeding before emergency help arrived. Victoria police were called about 6:55 p.m. and added a second tourniquet. The man was transported to hospital and later discharged, said Const. Cam MacIntyre. He said the stabbing happened after the loss-prevention officer saw a suspect stealing items and went to intervene. The two struggled, and once the suspect was in handcuffs, the officer realized he was bleeding substantially. MacIntyre said the officer did a remarkable job. "We're thankful that the LPO is OK and that he's going to recover," he said. "He acted very bravely under difficult circumstances, to have the awareness to take the suspect into custody and to begin to address his medical needs." The suspect is facing recommended charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and theft under $5,000. timescolonist.com

Harris County, TX: 2 in custody after robbery at McDonald's
Two suspects entered the busy McDonald's during the busy mid-day rush and demanded money from the restraint and customer. Employees and customers were forced to move to the back of the restaurant. The suspects did get away with some money, but as they fled, calls went out to 911. A Harris County Sheriff's Deputy was able to apprehend both suspects. No one was reported injured during the event. news.yahoo.com

Pasadena, CA: Robbers wield syringes while stealing items from Ross store
Police are looking for a man they say threatened an employee with a syringe after stealing goods from the Pasade Naros store on Tuesday afternoon and facing the theft. Lieutenant Anthony Burgess of Pasadena police said the crime had taken place at a store at 460 South Lake Avenue at around 12:25 pm. According to the lieutenant, a man was seen leaving the store with a tote bag containing stolen goods. The employee approached the thief, at which point he pulled out the syringe and told the employee "out of the way". He was finally seen on foot. Police described the robber as a white man in a white baseball cap and black shirt. californianewstimes.com

Memphis, TN: MPD searching for suspect who burglarized Popeye's, other fast food businesses
Memphis police are searching for a suspect who burglarized a local Popeye's restaurant and other food businesses. One burglary happened May 16 at a Popeyes in the 2100 block of Frayser Boulevard. Police said an unknown suspect used a pipe to smash the window to the restaurant. The suspect is also wanted for burglaries at a Subway onf Danny Thomas, a Captain D's and a Church's in the on Frayser Boulevard, and a Church's on Thomas Street on May 18, police said. fox13memphis.com

Williamsport, PA: Suspect for Jersey Mike's robberies arrested
A suspect for the armed robberies of Jersey Mike's Subs on March 15 and April 9 was arraigned Wednesday in Williamsport, according to Crimewatch PA Lycoming County. northcentralpa.com

Medicine Hat, AB, Canada: Shoplifting complaint turns into a bit more for police; suspect armed with pellet gun



Boost - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Allen Park, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Sunset Hills, MO - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Pontoon Beach, IL - Armed Robbery
Hair Salon - Boca Raton, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Westland, MI - Robbery
Jewelry - Eureka, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
Jewelry - Chesapeake, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Hanover, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Escondido, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Santa Clara, CA - Robbery
Liquor - Battle Creek, MI - Armed Robbery
Neiman Marcus - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Harris County, TX - Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Shrewsbury, MA - Burglary
Restaurant - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary (Popeyes)
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary (Subway)
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary (Capt D's)
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary (Church's)
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary (Church's)
Restaurant - Franklin, TN - Burglary (Baskin-Robbins)
Ross - Pasadena, CA Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 16 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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Samuel "Bo" White, LPC named Regional Asset Protection Manager - South East for Nordstrom

Alba Montiel named Community Engagement & Asset Protection Market Manager for 99 Cents Only Stores

Octavio Andres Garcia Torres named Market Asset Protection Leader for 99 Cents Only Stores

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