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2021 SIA Progress Award Recipient:
Elaine Palome, Axis Communications

Recognizing Advancement of Opportunites & Success for Women
in the Security Industry

SIA has named Elaine Palome - director of human resources at Axis Communications and a member of Axis' Americas Management team - as the 2021 recipient of the SIA Progress Award. Palome has over two decades of experience in all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition and development, performance management, diversity and inclusion and strategic planning. She is a frequent panelist, presenter and author of articles involving issues surrounding business and the changing workforce. Palome's passion is connecting employees to the business through transformational leadership. Palome holds the Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, as well as certifications in Process Communication, Predictive Index and Conflict Dynamics, and an advanced degree in the biological sciences.

Palome is an active member of the SIA Women in Security Forum Steering Committee, and as chair of the WISF Professional Development Subcommittee, she has helped the forum develop webinars and participated in panel discussions that foster the advancement of women in security. She also serves on the WISF Scholarship Subcommittee and has raised more than $40,000 in 2021 for the program, which offers scholarships that further opportunities for SIA members, support their professional development and educational goals and help them thrive in the industry.  [See the full announcement]

About the SIA Progress Award

The SIA Progress Award, presented by the Security Industry Association's Women in Security Forum, celebrates an individual who is advancing opportunities and paving the way to success for women in the security industry. Each recipient is determined based on the following criteria:

Contributions to advancing women in the security industry within the past three years (e.g., volunteer activities and/or grassroots efforts, new programs, new company policies to promote a more diverse workforce and thought leadership)

Promoting women's professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship

Recognitions and/or awards for related activities

Demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry

All nominees must be employees of SIA member companies, and each nomination must include a letter from a colleague in the security industry on why the candidate deserves the award.

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Rowan Hamilton joins Commissionaires Great Lakes as COO

Rowan Hamilton has joined Commissionaires Great Lakes leadership team as the new Chief Operating Officer. Hamilton has held senior leadership roles in business development and business operations with national and multinational organizations. His 30-year career in the security industry includes positions with Securitas Canada, GardaWorld and Intercon Security. Hamilton recently served as director of business development with the Southern Alberta Division of Commissionaires.

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DoorDash Partners with ADT to Help Protect its Community of
Millions of Dashers

DoorDash's SafeDashTM Provides Dashers In-App Safety Tools for Help On Demand, Powered by ADT

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 3, 2021 - ADT, the most trusted name in security, today announced a partnership with DoorDash, the nation's leading last-mile logistics platform, to provide the Safe by ADT mobile safety solution to its community of millions of Dashers. Safe by ADT will power DoorDash's new in-app safety toolkit called SafeDashTM, allowing Dashers to quickly and easily request professional help by voice or text and receive emergency services to their location anytime they feel unsafe.

"Our commitment to safety is central to what our teams at DoorDash work towards every day," said Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, Vice-President of Communications and Policy at DoorDash. "We've heard from Dashers across the country who tell us that safety is a top consideration when choosing which platforms they work with. That's why over the years, we've worked hard on new products, policies, and partnerships that reflect what we hear from Dashers. SafeDash was born out of feedback from Dashers, and our hope is that with access to resources like these from ADT, we're giving Dashers yet another resource to feel safe and secure on the road."

With SafeDash, Dashers can quickly and discreetly access ADT agent support two ways directly through the Dasher app. 

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

More Coverage of Yesterday's ORC Testimony
CVS director of organized retail crime explains how professional thieves are stealing $2,000 from stores in just 2 minutes

Retailers are pointing to e-commerce for the spike in "sophisticated and highly dangerous" crime rings.

Organized retail crime-related events are reported in a CVS Pharmacy store every three minutes. In just two minutes, the average professional thief targeting CVS steals $2,000 worth of goods.

That's according Ben Dugan, the director of organized retail crime and corporate investigations at CVS Health. On Tuesday, he testified alongside fellow retailers at a Senate judiciary committee hearing to discuss the illegal sales of stolen and counterfeit goods online.

It's an issue Dugan has personally investigated for over 30 years - and he said it's only getting worse due to the lack of regulation surrounding online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay.

"The ease with which online sellers can open and close their sites, essentially undetected, is directly related to this increase in criminal activity in our stores," he told legislators, adding that an estimated $500 billion in illicit stolen and counterfeit goods are sold on third-party marketplaces like Amazon each year.

"Let me just be clear about what organized retail crime is not. It is not everyday shoplifting," Dugan told the committee. "It is not individuals committing singular opportunistic thefts for personal reasons. It is organized, it is sophisticated, and it is massive in scale."

He said these complex crime rings often begin with a "booster" who steals from stores directly or recruits others to steal for them. The use of a weapon or physical violence during these thefts has more than doubled in the last year and a half, Dugan added. The booster then delivers the haul to a "fence" who collects and transports the stolen goods to a consolidation site such as a warehouse.

From there, "the stolen goods can be sold directly online to unsuspecting customers, to other third-party sellers (some of whom know the goods are stolen or counterfeit) or distributed to the marketplaces themselves to fulfill orders," he explained. news.yahoo.com

Shoplifting Epidemic Hits Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay area sheriff's offices report rises in shoplifting
CrimeTracker 10 has been crunching the numbers. We found Bay area sheriff's agencies reporting steady rates of shoplifting across the Bay area, with increases from 2018 to 2019, a dip in 2020 - likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic - and now shoplifting once again on the rise.

Data from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) shows shoplifters are caught, on average, only once in every 49 times they steal - yes even locally here in the Bay area. Even then, the cases are often not reported to law enforcement or pursued by prosecutors.

"They're not going to charge you, they're not going to report you. So why pay for it," asks Sheriff Judd of those committing retail theft without being held accountable.

That's not the way it works in Polk County, Sheriff Judd says. He says anyone caught shoplifting in Polk is immediately held accountable.

"We don't do a notice to appear, even if it's a misdemeanor, and let you walk out of that store. You leave that store in handcuffs and you go to jail. You're not going to steal in this county," Judd said.

And while across the Bay area there are plenty of arrests to report, in many cases there's no follow-through on shoplifting, because these crimes a lot of times are being carried out by repeat offenders. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office shows 170 repeat offenders over the past 4 years. One suspect in 2019 was arrested 19 times. Another person this year, already racking up 9 arrests.

"They just cycle through the system. They're chronic offenders," said Staib. Brazen criminals who walk right into stores and just take whatever they want.

Sheriff Judd started the Organized Retail Crime Task Force in 2012 and it has resulted in the arrest of 885 suspects accused of "organized retail theft." wtsp.com

SF Crime Closures Making More Headlines
Safeway In Castro Cuts Hours Due To 'Off The Charts' Shoplifting; 'It's Sad, Upsetting And Frustrating'
Yet another major retailer in San Francisco has made the decision to close earlier due to excessive theft particularly at night, according to San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

The Castro Safeway on Market and Church Streets was open 24 hours, but that's not the case any longer. Signs posted on its entrance state its new hours are 6 am to 9 pm, effective October 24.

Many shoppers were surprised to find that the Safeway they frequent at off-hours is cutting back.

"I think like a lot of retailers they've been experiencing increasing property crime and theft from their stores," Mandelman said. "I think the last 6 months from what they say has been sort of - off the charts in terms of how bad it's been. It's sad, upsetting and frustrating."

Mandelman said he's now working on organizing a meeting with Safeway, San Francisco police and the district attorney. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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The Vote on Police Reform
Bad Night For Progressives

Minneapolis Rejects Measure to Replace Police
Minneapolis rejects measure to replace police department in first major electoral test of reform movement after George Floyd's murder

Voters rejected the initiative by a margin of 56% to 44%.

Seventeen months after George Floyd's murder led to nationwide calls to abolish or defund the police, voters in the city where the movement began soundly rejected a proposal Tuesday to replace its troubled police department in an election likely to have national implications in the debate over policing and racial justice.

City Question Two would have amended the Minneapolis charter to allow the police department to be replaced by a Department of Public Safety. The new agency would have taken a "comprehensive public health approach" to public safety, including dispatching mental health workers to certain calls and more investment in violence prevention efforts.

The measure also would have removed decades-old language from the city charter requiring a minimum number of police officers based on its population. The new department "could include" police officers "if necessary" - wording that potentially doomed the measure among residents concerned about rising violent crime in the city, even as supporters argued the city would still have armed police because state law requires them to respond in certain circumstances.

People on both sides of the fight had predicted results would be close, but with 99 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, 56 percent of voters had rejected the measure - a disappointing result for supporters of the initiative, who blamed "disinformation" and "fearmongering" for the loss.

"The empire strikes back," tweeted D.A. Bullock, a Black filmmaker and activist associated with the racial justice group Reclaim the Block, who had strongly advocated for the measure.  washingtonpost.com  wsj.com

How Does This Impact Criminal Justice & Shoplifting/ORC Cases in Boston?
Progressives win big in Boston's Mayor's Race - on an otherwise tough night
for the left
Michelle Wu cruised to victory in Boston's mayoral election Tuesday night, bringing an end to two centuries of white male leadership in the city and delivering a major win for progressives in a year - and an election night - that otherwise brought sporadic triumphs and some big losses for the left.

In Boston, Wu triumphantly declared her victory as one that shows Boston is "absolutely" a proving ground for progressive policy. "And yes, Boston is ready to become a Green New Deal city."

But the win was one of the few bright spots for progressives in an otherwise lackluster night for the left - and the Democratic Party. news.yahoo.com

Editor's Note: Obviously as progressives lose seats across the nation their power and impact on retail crime lessens. So this current violent crime surge coupled with the overall pandemic fear has fueled the public's focus on safety and redefined the consumers expectations. Both of which becoming a double edged sword, should the retailer not fulfill their obligation. Knowing full well what the consumer demands. Just a thought. -Gus Downing 

Cleveland: Civilian Review Board For Police Oversight Passes 59%-41%
Issue 24, controversial Cleveland police reform ballot initiative, passes

The charter amendment creates a special commission of Cleveland residents that would investigate police misconduct.

Establishes a Civilian Police Review Board and allow a special commission of citizens, chosen by Mayor-elect Justin Bibb, to be in charge of investigating reports of police misconduct. Before the proposed measure, possible misconduct was dealt with via an internal investigation within the Cleveland Division of Police and the City of Cleveland.

A description of the measure on the Citizens for a Safer Cleveland website reads as follows:

"Under Issue 24, we propose that the Commission consist of 13 citizens that are broadly representative of the racial, social, economic, and cultural demographics of Cleveland. That includes racial minorities, immigrants and/or refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals, youth, faith, business, and other constituents. The Mayor will appoint all 13 members to the Commission, with approval of the Council by majority vote, for four-year terms following an application process. The Mayor will also be able to remove members for any malfeasance or gross neglect of duty, and other serious misconduct." wkyc.com

Voters pick police oversight over structural change
Voters across the country picked police oversight rather than structural change at the ballot box this week.

Austin, Texas, Albany, New York, Denver, Minneapolis and Cleveland all had police reform measures on the ballot. In Albany and Cleveland, voters chose to make changes to police oversight groups to increase authority.

Analysis: Education and Democrat infighting lead to Democratic upset in Virginia

In Austin, Texas, a measure to set specific demographics and training measures failed. But the city did pass a measure earlier this year establishing a police oversight director. Denver's vote has not been certified.

In Minneapolis, voters rejected a proposal to replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety, an idea that supporters had hoped would bring radical change to policing in the city where George Floyd's death under an officer's knee brought calls for racial justice.

Back in 2020, there was more momentum behind the idea of structurally changing police forces as seen in key votes among residents of Los Angeles, San Francisco and King County, Washington.

According to Ballotpedia, an online elections tracker, there were 17 successful ballot measures last year that focused on, among other things, establishing oversight boards or better training of officers in use of force situations.

Austin & Minneapolis Rejects Police Reform / Cleveland & Albany Won Police Reform

More than 160 Voted for Police Oversight Boards / Since Floyd 24 installed police oversight committees.

Austin voters reject ballot proposition to hire more police officers

A tacit endorsement of the city's new scaled-down approach to policing.

With an estimated 91% of votes counted, voters rejected Proposition A by about 68.4% to 31.6%, according to KXAN-TV, preventing Austin from having to hire enough police officers to have two on patrol for every 1,000 residents. texastribune.org


U.S.'s Largest City

NYC New Mayor & New Manhattan DA
The Retail Impact?

Sounds Like NYC Got a Pro-Police Mayor
NYC Elects Former NYPD Captain and a Democrat - NYC's 2nd Black Mayor
During the primary, amid a spike in gun violence and jarring attacks on the subway, Mr. Adams emerged as one of his party's most unflinching advocates for the police maintaining a robust role in preserving public safety. He often clashed with those who sought to scale back law enforcement's power in favor of promoting greater investments in mental health and other social services.

Mr. Adams has made clear that large companies have a role to play in shepherding the city's recovery, and there are signs that he may have a far warmer relationship with business leaders than Mr. de Blasio, who won on a populist platform.

Mr. Adams, who has said he has no tolerance for abusive officers, supports the restoration of a reformed plainclothes anti-crime unit. He opposes the abuse of stop-and-frisk policing tactics but sees a role for the practice in some circumstances. And he has called for a more visible police presence on the subways.

"We're not going to just talk about safety," Mr. Adams declared. "We're going to have safety in our city." nytimes.com

Is Manhattan's New DA a Progressive? Time Will Tell
Possibly - But he hasn't been labeled yet.

Alvin Bragg elected Manhattan DA, first Black person to lead the office

"The fundamental role of the district attorney is to guarantee both fairness and safety."

Mr. Bragg, 48, a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on a pledge to balance public safety with fairness for all defendants. He said that under his administration the racial disparities in the system would be "shut down,

The Manhattan district attorney's office continues to disproportionately prosecute Black defendants, and Mr. Bragg throughout his campaign has drawn on his personal experiences growing up in New York to illustrate the types of changes he wishes to make. Mr. Bragg has said he would show leniency to defendants who commit low-level crimes and has emphasized the importance of accountability for the police and the office's prosecutors.

Mr. Bragg said dealing with the "humanitarian crisis" on Rikers Island was an urgent priority, and that included sending fewer people to jail.

His victory comes as Democrats are seeking to balance sweeping changes to the criminal justice system with some voters' concerns about rising gun crime. After rises in homicides and shootings in New York and other cities, some voters have moderated their stances. nytimes.com

COVID Update

423.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 47M Cases - 768.8K Dead - 37M Recovered
Worldwide: 248.4M Cases - 5M Dead - 225.1M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 322   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 507
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Warning Sign for the U.S.?
COVID-19 cases rise in Europe for 5th consecutive week
The number of coronavirus cases has risen in Europe for the fifth consecutive week, making it the only world region where COVID-19 is still increasing, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said new cases jumped by 6% in Europe compared to an 18% increase the previous week.

The sharpest drops were seen in the Middle East, where new cases decreased by 12%, and in Southeast Asia and Africa, where they fell by 9%. Overall, 3 million new weekly cases were reported globally, the report states. The number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide rose by 8%, driven mainly by Southeast Asia, where deaths spiked by 50%.

The coronavirus infection rate was by far the highest in Europe, which reported about 192 new cases per 100,000 people, followed by the Americas, which had about 72 new cases per 100,000. abcnews.go.com

Nationwide First Responder 'Sickout' Coming?
FDNY 'sickout' intensifies drama over vaccine mandate
Battles have erupted between officials and first responders as COVID-19 vaccine mandates go into effect and unions representing workers ramp up their resistance to the requirements.

In New York City, an irregular number of more than 2,000 firefighters took medical leave in a "sickout" over the past week as the vaccination deadline passed. In response, these first responders have faced accusations from officials that those misusing sick leave are neglecting their oath and endangering the safety of city residents.

Worries have emerged that the move could be utilized beyond New York City and across the U.S. in a potential new phase of the pandemic.

Brian Higgins, an adjunct lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the likelihood of what happened in New York being repeated across the country makes it "prudent" for departments to prepare for the possibility.

Such "sickouts" could contribute to staffing shortages, potentially leading to increased call response times and higher demand for overtime, straining the department and its first responders.

"This is almost in some respects a game of chicken to see who blinks first," he said. "All of these ... police, firefighter unions - they talk to each other. They watch each other," he added. "They're getting a gauge of how this is going." thehill.com

New Effort to Block Biden's Vaccine Mandate
Senate Republicans to formally disapprove, nullify Biden vaccine mandate on private employees
More than three dozen Senate Republicans are moving to formally disapprove and nullify President Biden's vaccine mandate on private employees Wednesday under the Congressional Review Act - the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule.

Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana is leading 41 Republican senators on Wednesday to "strike down" Biden's rule, which mandates employees - at private businesses with 100 workers or more - to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Republicans blasted the mandate, which Biden introduced in September, and the forthcoming formal rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is expected to be released in the coming days - calling it "unacceptable" and an order that "warrants review by Congress."

Braun, the top Republican on the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, which has jurisdiction over OSHA, slammed the Biden administration for "heavy-handed government," saying the business world has taken the COVID-19 pandemic "seriously from the beginning to keep employees and customers safe."

Braun added that the mandate would be "the single biggest disruptor in one fell swoop" to the business community. Braun and his 40 GOP colleagues in the Senate will formally introduce their disapproval for the mandate Wednesday morning during a press conference. foxnews.com

Vaccine Rebellion Could Push Thousands Out of Work
From Boeing to Mercedes, a U.S. worker rebellion swells over vaccine mandates
"We're going to lose a lot of employees over this," said Cornell Beard, head of the local Machinists union district. Many workers did not object to the vaccines as such, he said, but were staunchly opposed to what they see as government meddling in personal health decisions.

The clock is ticking for companies that want to continue gaining federal contracts under an executive order by Democratic President Joe Biden, which requires all contractor employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.

Several big employers such as Procter & Gamble, 3M and airlines including American Airlines and JetBlue have imposed mandates. In some industries, including among food workers, unions have supported vaccine requirements.

But the mandate has stirred protests from workers in industries across the country, as well as from Republican state officials.

Opposition to the mandate could potentially lead to thousands of U.S. workers losing their jobs and imperil an already sluggish economic recovery, union leaders, workers and company executives said. reuters.com

Homeland Security
Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals
Starting Monday, November 8, 2021, new requirements will go into effect for travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry (POEs) and ferry terminals.

For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason (i.e., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinated and can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the border for essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes.

To help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP One mobile application, which serves as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile applications and services. dhs.gov

CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years


Light at the End of the Supply Chain Tunnel?
Head of busiest U.S. port says imposing fines for lingering cargo was 'a last resort' but it's starting to help

"It's getting this product off the dock that is just so imperative," he said.

The Port of Los Angeles' decision to impose fines for lingering cargo containers was "a last resort," but it's already showing signs of having the desired effect, Gene Seroka, the port's executive director, told CNBC on Tuesday.

The policy, which kicked in Monday, was announced Oct. 25 by the Port of Los Angeles and the adjoining Port of Long Beach as part of an effort to ease congestion due to the Covid pandemic. Ocean carriers will be charged $100 per day for each truck-bound container that's left for nine days or more. Fines for containers that will leave the facility by rail start accruing on their sixth day.

"We've tried diplomacy. We've tried collaboration, operations meetings all around, and nothing has moved the needle just yet," Seroka said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "This is a last resort and one I didn't want to have to take, but we're starting to see movement."

"We've asked them to work very closely with us. We've got 73 ships at anchor as of late night, and we've got to get these ships in and working. Productivity here at the port ... continues to be at all-time highs," Seroka said. cnbc.com

Deleting Over One Billion FRT Templates
Facebook to Shut Down Facial Recognition System in Photos, Videos
People who have opted into the service won't be automatically recognized in video and photo content, Facebook vice president of artificial intelligence Jerome Pesenti said in a post on the company's website. He said the social-media platform is going to delete individual facial recognition templates for over one billion people.

"We need to weigh the positive use cases for facial recognition against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules," Mr. Pesenti said.

The change marks a major shift for the company, now called Meta Platforms Inc., which has long touted the convenience facial-recognition delivers for users and pushed back against privacy advocates who find the technology invasive.

Facebook last year reached a $550 million settlement with the state of Illinois, which alleged the company was wrongfully using the technology on residents without their consent. Facebook didn't admit to wrongdoing. wsj.com

   RELATED: Japan's police introduce facial recognition system in criminal probes

"We're Looking at 120 Days Wait for Components" - Jan & Feb Receiving Time Now
"Generally large corporations are desperate to find the devices," for Returning Workers
Electronics industry executives and experts say the lead times to get commercial desktop computers and other equipment has increased as suppliers shift gears from the scramble for work-from-home setups early in the pandemic to office and hybrid work. wsj.com

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New Cybersecurity Legislation
House passes bills to shore up small business cybersecurity
The House on Tuesday approved two bills to strengthen the cybersecurity of small businesses, which have faced escalating threats during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Cyber Awareness Act would require the SBA to issue a report on its cybersecurity capabilities and notify Congress in the event of a cybersecurity breach potentially compromising sensitive information.

The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) and Young Kim (R-Calif.), was previously approved by the House in 2019 but failed to be signed into law during the last Congress. It was unanimously passed Tuesday by a vote of 423-0.

In advocating passage of the bill, Crow on Tuesday pointed to an incident earlier this year that exposed the information of 8,000 individuals applying for the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

"Cyberattacks are one of the biggest threats to our economy and small businesses and way of life," Crow said on the House floor prior to the vote. "This bill would ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the millions of small businesses that the SBA serves and prepare them for 21st century threats."

The House also passed, by a vote of 409-14, the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act, sponsored primarily by House Homeland Security Committee cyber subcommittee ranking member Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.).

The bill would establish a cybersecurity counseling certification program to help existing Small Business Development Centers better assist businesses with cybersecurity needs. thehill.com

Ransomware Epidemic
Ransomware has hit epidemic levels - does your organization have a cyberattack response plan?
If the Colonial Pipeline, Accenture and JBS attacks didn't convince you of the severity of ransomware, perhaps the grim words of FBI Director Christopher Wray will. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Wray recently went as far as comparing the challenges posed by ransomware to 9/11, revealing the FBI is investigating 100 different ransomware variants.
As their ambitions grow, cybercriminals are becoming increasingly dangerous. In 2020, a new organization became a victim of ransomware every 10 seconds, according to Check Point. It's never been easier to carry out a ransomware attack, especially when the Ransomware as a Service model opens the door for criminals without the technical knowledge to develop their own variants. Emsisoft recently estimated that the global damages in ransom costs alone have surpassed $18 billion, with $920 million of that sum attributed to the United States. By all accounts, those numbers are only projected to worsen.

In the face of this rising threat, it is crucial for organizations to plan for what may very well be inevitable. Leadership teams can no longer afford to deploy short-sighted cybersecurity strategies that focus on preventative measures. If ransomware breaches their first line of defense, it is essential for organizations to have a post-incident strategy in place that includes plans, procedures and responsibilities to mitigate the damage. Part of this strategy must leverage digital forensics to investigate the initial threat vector, assess the damage and ensure repeat attacks cannot occur.

Digital forensics may not have had a consistent role in some legacy cybersecurity suites, but it was being used for post-incident analysis as early as 2001. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework has also validated the role of digital forensics in cybersecurity strategies by identifying it as a key action that takes place during the "respond" phase. Over time, organizations have increasingly begun to seek out digital forensics technology to play a key role in how they handle a new generation of threats.

Leadership teams can no longer afford to underestimate ransomware. Cybercriminals have more than proven that they are able to crack the defenses of some of the world's largest organizations. With each passing day, they're growing in number, experience and sophistication. It may be uncomfortable, but organizations have to plan for the day that their systems are breached, their files are encrypted and criminals extort them for millions of dollars. Within a diversified cybersecurity strategy, digital forensics can ensure, on that day, organizations have the means to react and, more importantly, recover. securitymagazine.com

International Cybercrime Bust
US seeks extradition of alleged Ukrainian scammer arrested at Polish border stop
Polish law enforcement authorities have arrested a Ukrainian man charged with an array of cyber-related crimes at the behest of the U.S. government, which is now seeking his extradition, court documents obtained by CyberScoop reveal.

Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, was arrested on Oct. 8 at a border crossing in Dorohusk, a village located on the Polish and Ukrainian border, according to a filing signed by a prosecutor from the Lublin Local Office, a government office in the southeastern city of Chelm.

A witness statement report reveals that Vasinskyi was apprehended in connection with an international search by U.S. authorities. Vasinskyi is charged with committing fraud, accessing a protected computer without authorization and conspiracy with the purpose of money laundering, the charges show. While the charges remain sealed in the U.S., prosecutors in the District Court of Northern Texas issued an arrest warrant in the case on Aug. 11, 2021.

During an interview with Polish prosecutors, Vasinskyi denied any wrongdoing that the U.S. alleged. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted in a federal court, according to the documents. cyberscoop.com

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Walmart Canada and the Future of Retail in
a Post-Pandemic Canada

Retail is changing. No one knows this better than Haio Barbeito, President and CEO of Walmart Canada.

To help retailers better understand how they can prepare their leaders and associates for what is ahead, Haio will discuss the future of retail
with Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada at RCC's In Conversation with Retail Leaders in Canada, a virtual event hosted November 9th from 1:00 pm - 2:00pm ET.

To buy tickets, click here.


COVID Update

Most Retail Workers Not Required to Get Vaccinated
Northern Ontario's largest employers don't require workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Most mines, mills, other private companies don't have vaccine policies, unlike public sector

While most government workers are required to prove if they are vaccinated against COVID-19,
it's a very different story in the private sector. Almost none of northeastern Ontario's largest industrial employers have vaccination policies.

"This is a very polarizing issue for a lot of people," says union president Eric Boulay. "Some are for it and some are against it, and they want to see the union fight for their direction, and that's two different directions."

Most of the retail workers praised as front-line heroes earlier in the pandemic are not required to get vaccinated.

But Tim Deelstra, spokesperson for
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 175 and 633, said they are reviewing policies on a case-by-case basis, but the COVID-19 world remains unpredictable.

"The situation will change and
employers will start making various decisions on their own, and in this case they have to," he said.

Deelstra said his union, which has 70,000 members across Ontario,
would like to see the provincial government take the lead and set rules to protect private-sector workers, not just those on the public payroll.

Canada's Wave of Vaccine Terminations
Canada faces wave of terminations as workplace vaccine mandates take effect
Canada is facing
a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 - or risk losing their jobs, legal experts say.

Governments, institutions and companies have spent months hammering out vaccine mandates in a bid to curb an unrelenting pandemic fuelled by variants.

As employer deadlines to be fully vaccinated approach,
unvaccinated workers could soon be placed on unpaid leave or terminated altogether, lawyers say.

"We've been contacted by thousands of people from across Canada who all have these ultimatums in front of them saying
they have to be vaccinated by a certain date or risk losing their jobs," employment lawyer Lior Samfiru, a partner with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, said in an interview.

We're going to see the biggest wave of terminations we've seen since the pandemic started," he said, noting that his firm has been contacted by workers in a range of industries including health care, education, banks, construction and restaurants.

It will be significant." ctvnews.ca

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Lowe's Canada Heroes Campaign
Kingston-area charities see over $17,000 through Lowe's Canada campaign
Three Kingston-area organizations will
collectively receive $17,337 through the Lowe's Canada Heroes Campaign, announced on Wednesday.

The Lowe's Kingston store supported
Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region with a total donation of $7,071. Rona Home and Garden Kingston raised $8,844 for the Ride For Dad and Rona Verona Hardware Limited collected $1,422 for Verona Christmas For Kids.

"We've once again reached a new campaign milestone in terms of the number of participating locations this year, as
a record number of distribution centres and affiliated Rona dealers joined forces with our corporate stores network," Jean-Sebastien Lamoureux, senior vice-president, public affairs, asset protection and sustainable development with Lowe's Canada, said in a news release.

"We couldn't be prouder of our 2021 results and how our teams came together under challenging conditions to support worthy causes across the country. Thank you to our dedicated associates and generous customers for making it happen."

The annual campaign, which raises funds for local non-profit organizations or elementary schools,
raised more than $1.5 million to be distributed to more than 235 partner organizations in Canada. thewhig.com

Retail Sales Slow
Canadian Retail Sales Recovery Slows: Monthly StatCan Analysis
The latest data from Statistics Canada show that the recovery in retail sales is cooling off. There was a huge COVID rebound in Q2 2021 after dismal year ago results, but that is now working its way out of the picture.

For the 3 months ending August 2021,
total retail sales were up 6.8% year-over-year, but this is about 1/3 of the growth rate recorded for the first half of the year. The 3 month trend is deteriorating rapidly, and the underlying 12 month trend has now gone flat.

Another factor is that the same cooling off pattern is more or less occurring
in all the major retail sectors, even e-commerce. retail-insider.com

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Winnipeg police identify suspect in fatal shooting outside convenience store
Winnipeg police have identified a man they say is wanted on a second-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting last month. Dawson Kenliegh McKay, 21, has been named as a suspect in the shooting death of Joshua Jordan Paul Pashe, the Winnipeg Police Service said in a news release.

Pashe was found after being shot during the early hours of Sept. 26
outside a Salter Street convenience store near Flora Avenue in the city's North End, police said. Officers arrived around 12:30 a.m. and gave emergency first aid to the 26-year-old, who was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died.

Homicide investigators have now identified McKay as a suspect in the shooting, but police don't know where he is. Investigators are now asking for the public's help to find him. cbc.ca

Organized Theft Crew Busted
Brampton, ON: 3 arrested for multi-million-dollar tractor, trailer & load thefts
Police in the Region of Peel on Wednesday said three Brampton residents who are allegedly
part of an organized crime group responsible for tractor, trailer, and load thefts in numerous jurisdictions throughout southern Ontario have been arrested.

Beginning in April 2021, investigators commenced a project with a focus on an organized crime group operating in Peel, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Golden Horseshoe, according to a press release.

Police said suspects
would steal tractors and empty cargo trailers and then would attend logistic companies, freight forwarders and various other commercial properties, where loaded trailers of various cargo would be located. The stolen vehicles were then used to remove loaded cargo trailers containing freight ranging from consumable goods to appliances.

The suspects used storage facilities throughout the GTA to hide the stolen property until it could be sold to purchasers.
Many of the items would end up in food markets, liquidators and dollar stores, where unsuspecting consumers would purchase the illegally obtained items. trucknews.com

Cold Case: Toronto C-Store Murder
Father of three shot dead inside own convenience store, no arrests since 1993
This week on Tracking a Killer: The Cold Case Files, CityNews reporters Fil Martino and Madison Fitzpatrick take a look at
the unsolved shooting death of 54-year-old Suckju Ryu.

On the evening of February 18, 1993,
the father of three was gunned down in his convenience store. Toronto Police say it appears two young men came into the store with a firearm and attempted to rob the shopkeeper.

Now almost 30 years later, his family members, including his daughter Elizabeth Ryu, who was 20 years old when her father was killed, still want to know who is responsible. Police say t
he firearm has never been located, but with new technology they are hoping to gain new information. toronto.citynews.ca

Toronto police search for suspects in theft of $11M worth of pure silver
Toronto police are searching for suspects in connection with the theft of $11 million worth of pure silver that was stolen from a shipping container in Montreal last year.

According to police, the silver, which was in bullion form, was stolen from the shipping container in Jan. 2020 and of it has been partially recovered in Toronto, British Columbia, and Massachusetts.

"The original silver bars had several distinctive stamped markings including a serial number and 'Korea Zinc,'" Toronto police said in a news release issued Tuesday. cp24.com

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Is Amazon More Vulnerable Than Ever?
Amazon's E-Commerce Empire Is Showing Cracks

After its skyrocketing growth during the pandemic, Amazon suddenly looks vulnerable.

Amazon's third-quarter earnings report was decidedly un-Amazonian.
The tech giant said that revenue growth slowed to just 15% in the third quarter to $110.8 billion, missing expectations, while operating income fell by 21% to $4.9 billion. That revenue growth rate represents Amazon's slowest pace since 2015.

The company had warned that
top-line growth would fade as it lapped the pandemic surge and as the economy normalizes, but investors still seemed unprepared for the slowdown -- the stock was down as much as 5% on Friday morning.

Amazon's fourth-quarter guidance also showed that
the challenges it's facing with supply chain disruptions and labor shortages are only getting worse. Management called for just 4%-12% revenue growth for the fourth quarter, though that period will lap the Prime Day shopping holiday, which was held in October last year.

The third-quarter numbers also revealed that Amazon's first-party sales barely grew, up just 3%, and the company actually lost money outside of Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud-computing juggernaut. In its North America segment, which is mostly e-commerce but includes high-margin businesses like advertising, it brought in $880 million in operating profit, but it lost $911 million in its international segment for a combined loss of $31 million between both segments. While AWS remains a growing cash machine, the upshot of the quarter is that Amazon, and especially its e-commerce operations,
now looks more vulnerable than it has in a long time. fool.com

Why are department stores a target for e-commerce spinoffs?

Those who've declared the Saks online-offline split a success now want the same for Macy's and Kohl's. Here's why they're vulnerable.

Just when retailers thought their imperative was to
combine their e-commerce and stores into one, smooth, silo-free operation, along comes Saks Fifth Avenue, attracting hundreds of millions of dollars from investors after splitting them apart.

In a series of conversations, various people familiar with the design and execution of the Saks separation declared it a success and suggested that
other retailers should - and ultimately will - follow suit. That could happen quickly. Saks owner HBC has already gone on to give the same treatment to its off-price Saks Off 5th and Canadian department store Hudson's Bay businesses. Activist investment firm Jana Partners, after floating the idea at a conference, is now reportedly pushing Macy's to explore it seriously as well. And "financial sources" told Women's Wear Daily that Kohl's is next.

The motivation behind extracting the e-commerce side of a retail business is largely, if not entirely, financial, stemming from Wall Street's deep devotion to tech-oriented companies. So far, though, it's been applied just to department stores - if two only hypothetically - and not specialty or big-box retailers.

"The general view is that these are businesses in long-term decline," GlobalData Managing Director Neil Saunders said by email. "As such,
the focus is on how to extract value through reengineering and restructuring." retaildive.com

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Chicago, IL: Shoplifters Steal $100,000 In Merchandise From Louis Vuitton Store At Northbrook Court Mall
A group of thieves made off with more than $100,000 in designer merchandise from the Louis Vuitton store in the Northbrook Court shopping center on Monday. Northbrook police said a group of 13 people wearing masks and gloves went into the store around 12:50 p.m. Monday, and stole several items. The shoplifters then ran off to three waiting cars outside, each with a driver. No one was injured and the thieves did not display any weapons during the heist. The incident is under investigation. chicago.cbslocal.com

Oakland County, MI: Organized crime ring hitting Menards stores in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne counties
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying two thieves who've been targeting Menards and other big box stores in the tri-county area. It's believed the two are part of an organized ring of criminals who fill stores' shopping carts with generators, chainsaws and lawn equipment, then push the full carts out the store without paying for the merchandise. They quickly load the stolen items in a waiting vehicle and drive away, the sheriff's office said. Stores in Pontiac, Belleville, Warren and Chesterfield have been hit by the crime unit, the sheriff's office said.

In an Oct. 13 incident at the Menards store at 1901 S. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac, an attempt to steal thousands of dollars in goods was reportedly thwarted when the pair was confronted by a store employee. According to the sheriff's office, store employees saw what they believed was a retail fraud in progress and contacted authorities. One suspect, a black male in his 50s with a tan-colored patch over his left eye, pushed a cart out of the store which contained a chainsaw and weed whacker. When a Menards employee confronted him, the man abandoned the cart and ran to a waiting vehicle. thenewsherald.com

Theives Seeking World Series Gear get away with $30,000 of T-shirts
Police said the thieves were in and out of the printing company's warehouse in 15 minutes. Sunline Products T-shirt company vice president, Scott Car, said the thieves blacked out several cameras with spray paint but didn't notice a hidden camera, which caught their vehicle leaving. Carr said the thieves knew exactly what they were after. "They just went to town and grabbed every box that they could," he said. Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, a white truck pulled into the company's parking lot. Carr said just as one of the cameras started to zoom in on the vehicle, one of the thieves jumped out and spray painted the lens. "We feel like they were watching us because they knew exactly when to hit and exactly when to be out of there," said Carr. They believe the thieves were looking for World Series Astros gear because they are hot this time of year. But Carr said there wasn't anything there with a Houston Astros logo on it. click2houston.com

Montclair, NJ: Over $1,000 in Skin Care products stolen from Bluemercury
More than $1,000 in skin care products were stolen from Blue Mercury Monday, police said. An employee the store on South Park Street reported observing two females enter the store whom she recognized from previous shoplifting incidents. After being momentarily distracted, she discovered between $1,000 and $2,000 worth of skin care products missing, and the females no longer on scene. montclairlocal.news

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Shootings & Deaths

DeKalb County, GA: Man accused of Fatal Shooting during attempted Robbery of Gas Station
A man was arrested Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting during a robbery attempt at a DeKalb County gas station, police said. Jason Linear was taken into custody "without incident" after DeKalb police executed a search warrant at a Glenwood Road location, where four guns were also seized, police said. Linear was charged with malice murder and is being held at the DeKalb County Jail without bond. His arrest stems from an Oct. 11 incident in which he shot and killed Christin Harris, 32, of Atlanta, during an attempted robbery at an Exxon gas station on Columbia Drive, police said. ajc.com

South Burlington, VT: Police ID suspect in University Mall parking lot shooting
Police in South Burlington are searching for a convicted felon accused of attempted murder in a shooting Monday in the parking lot of the University Mall. Police say Hieheem "Kieemi" Kirkland, 29, of Winooski, is wanted following the shooting at about 1 p.m. Monday behind the former Sears store. Investigators say Kirkland targeted his victim over a relationship with a female. They say he shot his weapon more than once at the intended victim. There were no injuries. wcax.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Greenville, SC: 4 men get decades in prison for violent attack on C-Store Owner and his wife
Four men have pleaded guilty to attacking the owner of a South Carolina convenience store chain and his wife as part of a long-planned robbery. Warren Willis was beaten and kidnapped as he left his W.E. Willis store in Landrum in September 2018 and the kidnappers went to his home, tied up his wife and shot her twice in the stomach before ransacking the house, Solicitor Walt Wilkins told media outlets. Both of them survived the attack, but family members said they have long term physical and psychological problems. stamfordadvocate.com

New York, NY: Trio accused of 11 Armed Robberies of NYC businesses
Police are looking for three men accused of a string of armed robberies targeting businesses in Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The NYPD says the group has robbed 11 businesses between Oct. 18th and Oct. 31st. Their favorite target has been 7-Elevens. They've hit 8 locations. The same three men are also believed to have robbed two Family Dollar locations and a gas station. fox5ny.com

FBI, Police in MA and NH still searching for suspect in two robberies

Nashville, TN: Police arrest three suspected of robbing Nashville McDonalds

Oakland County, MI: Police hunt for 4-person crew following gas station burglaries in Rochester Hills, Pontiac




Auto - Henderson, KY - Burglary
Auto - Elko County, NV - Burglary
Auto - Murfreesboro, TN - Burglary
Barber - Houston, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Chittenango, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Longmont, CO - Burglary
CVS - Salisbury, MA - Robbery
Collectables - Edwardsville, IL - Burglary
Dollar General - Johnstown, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Rochester Hills, MI - Burglary
Gas Station - Madison County, AL - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Macon, GA - Burglary
Handbags - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Hardware - Puyallup, WA - Burglary
Motel - Rocker, MT - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Burglary (McDonalds)
Sport - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
7-Eleven - Denver, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Denver, CO - Robbery
7-Eleven - New York, NY - Armed Robbery


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


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