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September's Moving Ups

13 New Senior LP's - 3 Promotions - 10 Appointments

Bargain Hunt promoted Jacob Long to Senior Project Manager
Bargain Hunt named Justin Bul Corporate Loss Prevention Analyst/Investigator
Bargain Hunt named Keith Langley Supply Chain Loss Prevention Manager
Checkpoint Systems named Simon Edgar Senior Director, Global Product Management
Express names Laurel Krueger as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Facebook named Amanda Pritters Head of Global Security Retail
Gabes named Alaina Kring, CPhT Senior Director of LP Field Operations & Compliance
Goodwill North Central Texas named Marvin F. Richburg, MBA Director, Safety and Asset Protection
Lowe's Canada named Chris Kelly Manager, Investigations & ORC
Pitney Bowes promoted Vince Williams to Director, LP Ops & Investigations, Global Supply Chain/E-Commerce
Retail & Hospitality ISAC Names Bryon Hundley Vice President of Intelligence Operations
Saks OFF 5th named Khristopher Hamlin Vice President, Asset Protection
Verizon promoted Matt Cain, MBA, CFI to Senior Manager - Investigations

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TMA Welcomes 91st and 92nd ECC to its ASAP-to-PSAP Service

TMA is pleased to welcome two new Emergency Communications Centers (ECC) to its ASAP-to-PSAP service. With the addition of these, the service is being used by 92 centers across the United States.

To view a full listing of active or testing ECCs, active Alarm companies or monitoring centers, or to learn more about TMA’s ASAP-to-PSAP services, please visit our website.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Most Violent Cities in America
Memphis, Detroit & St. Louis are the most violent big cities, FBI statistics show
With assaults, shootings and homicides on the rise across the country, Detroit continued last year to be among the most violent big cities in America, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

Detroit in 2020 had a rate of 2,248.4 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, behind only Memphis, Tennessee, as the highest rate in the country among cities with more than 100,000 residents. St. Louis, Missouri, Little Rock, Arkansas, and South Bend, Indiana rounded out the top five. Lansing, Michigan was ranked No. 9.

Alabama, Maryland and Pennsylvania reported limited data to the FBI in 2020, so cities with more than 100,000 residents that often appear high in crime rankings, such as Birmingham, Baltimore and Philadelphia, are not included in this year's data.

The FBI provides population estimates for cities, but The Detroit News analysis is based on 2020 census data.

Homicides nationally jumped 29.4% from 2019 to 2020, the FBI data showed. Violent crimes also were up 5.6% in 2020 over the previous year across the country.

Why Chicago Doesn't Even Crack the Top 25

Chicago's violent crime rate rose from 943.16 per 100,000 people in 2019 to 967.9 in 2020, an increase of about 2.6%. FBI data shows the number of murders in Chicago increased significantly, from 492 in 2019 to 771 in 2020. Like Detroit, the number of reported rapes and robberies fell. But with a population of nearly 2.75 million in 2020 compared to Detroit's tally of just under 640,000 people, Chicago doesn't even rank in the top 25 cities in terms of violent crime when numbers are adjusted for population.

Detroit Police Chief James White pointed out that while nationally homicides jumped about 30% last year over 2019, Detroit's increase was 19%, making it “on the low end of the uptick compared to other major cities, which saw higher increases."

Kroger Shooting: Proof that America Has a Small Town Gun Violence Epidemic
As gun violence spreads to small towns, one suburb contends with a mass shooting’s aftermath
Gun violence experts took note of the muted response to the Tennessee grocery store attack: The nation relatively ignored a shooting at a grocery store that had the potential to be far worse than it already was.

In the case of the Atlanta-area spa shootings and the grocery store attack in Boulder, Colo., this year, lawmakers, advocates and the media sprung into action, writing hundreds of stories, introducing new legislation and reigniting public debate over gun laws.

The Kroger shooting aftermath has had very little of that.

“It felt like this one barely happened or registered for many,” said Jillian Peterson, co-founder of the Violence Project, a research center that studies gun violence. “The fact that this is so routine that it’s not even a major headline, and we don’t even blink an eye when this keeps happening, is heartbreaking.”

Uptick in gun ownership, pandemic stress

When it comes to gun violence, small towns and suburbs have been home to some of the worst attacks in recent years, especially in schools and public gathering places. Gun violence experts told The Post that increased gun ownership and easier access to firearms in states with Republican governors, specifically in the South, have made smaller populations increasingly bigger targets for massacres.

Workplace shootings like the one that happened in Collierville, in which the shooter also dies by suicide, tend to happen in rural, Southern towns where people have their identities tied to their profession, said Peterson, of the Violence Project.

The shooting happened after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a measure into law this year allowing most adults to carry handguns without permits. The law, which went into effect over the summer, is being challenged in federal court. At a ceremonial bill signing ceremony in June, Lee celebrated a measure he said was “long overdue in our state,” even as other gun rights groups say the governor could have done more to expand firearms rights in Tennessee.

Kroger Shooter Was Fired Same Day of Shooting
Suspect in Tenn. grocery store shooting was asked to leave job that day
The suspected gunman in last week’s shooting at a grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., was asked to leave his job the day of the shooting, police say.

UK Thang was identified as the suspected shooter in the Sept. 23 attack that left one victim dead and 14 others wounded. Thang himself is also believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a press release on Monday, the Collierville Police Department said the suspect moved to Collierville, about 30 miles east of Memphis, in the summer of 2020.

He was a third-party vendor working inside Kroger and was asked to leave his job the morning of Thursday, September 23, 2021,” the statement said. Thang sold sushi at the grocery story, according to news reports.

During Thursday’s attack, ten Kroger employees and five customers who were in the store were shot. On Friday, the other person who died in the attack was identified as Olivia King, a customer in the store.

Shoplifting Citations Instead of Arrests?
In first step in police reform, Brooklyn Center enacts new citation policy

Officers will release offenders in cases where the law does not mandate an arrest.

Brooklyn Center on Tuesday took its first step in reforming public safety by instructing police officers to release offenders they cite for low-level crimes and take them into custody only when the law requires them to do so.

Under the new Citation and Release policy, officers can issue a citation for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses then let the person go. The policy also requires officers to attempt to de-escalate situations and try alternatives to avoid taking people into custody, and to document in writing all efforts taken before placing a person under arrest.

The idea is for officers to explore alternatives to avoid creating a criminal record, said City Attorney Troy Gilchrist. The policy, crafted by the mayor, city manager and police chief, is aimed at keeping people who lack the financial means to make bail out of jail if they are stopped for a minor traffic infraction.

Under the policy, officers will be allowed to make an arrest in cases of felony offenses or if an officer deems a suspect poses a threat to themselves, the public or to property.

Only the citation policy went into effect Tuesday, and the city continues to work on implementing other aspects of the resolution passed in May. Those include using unarmed civilians to handle minor traffic violations and creation of an implementation committee composed of residents, including people who have been detained by Brooklyn Center police, to review and make recommendations for future changes as outlined in the resolution.

NZ Supermarket Mass Stabbing Triggers New Security Legislation
New Zealand tightens anti-terror law after stabbing attack

Lawmakers have made it a crime to plan a terrorist attack in a bill that officials say closes legal loopholes that left the country vulnerable.

New Zealand lawmakers on Thursday made it a crime to plan a terrorist attack, strengthening the country's security legislation after a mass stabbing earlier this month.

Officials say the new law, which also gives police greater power to conduct warrantless searches, is in line with counterterrorism legislation in Australia and Britain and less expansive than laws in the United States. But critics have expressed concern about its potential impact on civil liberties.

The new law, which is expected to go into effect on Monday, is partly designed to guard against "lone wolf" attacks like the stabbing this month and the 2019 mass shooting in Christchurch, the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand's history.

Del City residents say they fear for their lives as shootings continue

Suspect in Atlanta Spa Killings Pleads Not Guilty to 4 Counts of Murder


COVID Update

391.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 44.1M Cases - 713.9K Dead - 33.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 234.1M Cases - 4.7M Dead - 210.9M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 315  
Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 441

*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID Deaths Finally Beginning to Flatten

Is America (Finally) Turning a Corner?
Declining COVID-19 cases stir cautious optimism
Health experts say the U.S. could be turning the corner on COVID-19, while cautioning that the pandemic is far from over.

The spike in coronavirus infections from the delta variant of the virus is slowing and cases are beginning to decline. Experts think the U.S. could be on the back end of the wave, even as deaths and hospitalizations remain high.

But low vaccination rates in many areas of the country are giving them pause, with some arguing that another seasonal surge after holiday travel is likely, even if it isn’t as high as last winter. There could also be regional spikes, as some areas worsen while others rebound more quickly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of U.S. cases has been declining for the past two weeks. On Sept. 14, the daily average of new cases was just under 150,000. As of Tuesday, it was down to about 95,000.

Workplace Safety is #1 Issue Following COVID
Making workplaces safe as businesses begin reopening after COVID-19
Many priorities that must be addressed are evident, such as how to handle employees who have had COVID-19 or those who are vulnerable and how to develop policies related to vaccination. Carefully document decisions and how personnel policies are applied, then store that documentation in a secure location.

Workplace preparation is crucial. It should be informed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidance and resources. What we once called “short-term plans” are still here: cleaning and measures to provide appropriate supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, and social distancing instructions.

Planning for the long term may mean adjusting to a hybrid workforce, permanently modifying workspaces to accommodate social distancing, and setting (and enforcing) policies for maintaining the cleanliness of shared equipment like “hotel desks,” conference rooms, and copiers or printers. Consider developing guidelines for meeting sizes, desk arrangements, navigating small spaces (like elevators and bathrooms), and mask etiquette. Some may start to consider health insurance surcharges.

For some businesses, a return to an on-site office culture may not be immediately possible. Review remote work policies and determine how to set expectations about camera presence and availability on communication tools to maintain team cohesion and accountability. Also, consider employee in-home technology service and security needs.

Each policy modification, action to make the workplace safer, and communication presents challenges and opportunities. Transparency in decision-making helps organizations sustain the change and increase the employee engagement needed for success.

Security Guards Clash with Anti-Maskers
Anti-Mask Protest Turns Violent At Roscoe’s Chicken And Waffles In California
An apparent protest of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles’ mask policy got violent in Anaheim, California.

Security guards of the famed restaurant clashed with protesters outside its Anaheim location. Video posted to social media showed at least one man being dragged out of the restaurant by several security guards, as some in the crowd yell, “Brutality!”

Officers were called to the scene after it was reported that someone was pepper sprayed. However, police say no one was arrested or hurt.

It’s not clear why protesters targeted Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and if they represented a particular group. The protest comes about a week after video of a woman comparing the restaurant’s policies to segregation went viral, according to reports.

Face masks for indoor operations are not required in Orange County, California, but are instead strongly recommended. But individual businesses remain free to enact their own face mask policies.

64% of Shoppers Say Grocery Stores Failing the COVID Test
Shoppers give thumbs-down to grocery stores’ COVID-19 efforts
As of early September, 64% of Americans polled said grocery stores weren’t doing a good job in managing COVID-19, up from 50% this past February, 53% in November 2020 and a low of 40% in April 2020, dunnhumby said in the eighth wave of its study, released Monday. The customer data science firm noted that September’s results show 83% of Americans thinking the government isn’t doing a good job managing the pandemic — the lowest point of confidence in its handling of the crisis.

Seventy-six percent of U.S. shoppers surveyed said they “feel things are not returning to normal” in grocery stores. Of those consumers, 26% are “extremely worried” about catching the virus in stores, while 34% express concern about unvaccinated shoppers in stores. Conversely, 24% of people seeing things returning to normal said they “feel safer shopping in stores now knowing that many people are vaccinated,” and 14% said they are “no longer worried about it [COVID-19] and have returned to a normal life.”

Meanwhile, U.S. consumers’ worry about COVID-19 has dropped to a new low since the crisis began, the dunnhumby Worry Index showed. Through early September, 17% of Americans said they were worried about the pandemic, down from 23% in February, a peak of 32% in November 2020 and 31% in March 2020, when the virus was declared a national emergency. The index measures “worry” as extreme concern about the virus and not feeling safe when shopping.
COVID Chaos Creating 'New Kind of Retail'
COVID-19 has put grocers and CPG brands through some changes
At a session during last week’s Groceryshop in Las Vegas, executives from Rite Aid and Frito-Lay stressed that a new kind of retail is being born out of this chaos, one that features digital marketing assets, differentiated assortments, operations that remove in-store friction and re-worked services.

Andre Persaud, Rite Aid EVP & chief retail officer, said the drugstore retailer is now using modern digital assets to focus on the consumer. This includes differentiated beauty merchandising that features clean products; pharmacists out on the store floor talking with shoppers and a revamped bright and airy shopping experience.

Mike Del Pozzo, SVP of sales and chief customer officer at Frito-Lay North America, said PepsiCo is also overhauling its approach to omnichannel, focusing on collaboration and innovation. Every campaign starts with a strategic deep dive with retailers that calls on digital media tactics to spur omnichannel growth. Those tactics are measured for return on investment, supported by advanced analytics, to determine campaign repeats, drops and repairs.

Both Mr. Persaud and Mr. Del Pozzo agreed that grocery companies have to up their omnichannel game or risk irrelevance in the near-term future. Focusing on what the consumer wants next, where and whenever they want it, is the only way to thrive.

Delta Surge Pushing Restaurants Backwards
Majority of restaurant operators say business conditions are worse now than three months ago, survey finds
The trade group surveyed 4,000 operators between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15 and is using the results to lobby against President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the corporate tax rate and proposed changes to the National Labor Relations Act that would allow fines of $50,000 to $100,000 for labor violations. The association is also asking lawmakers to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was created during the coronavirus pandemic to help keep the industry afloat.

Restaurants still need help today and overwhelming them with costly new obligations will only prevent progress in turning the tide of recovery,” NRA Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy wrote in a letter to congressional leadership.

The delta variant, understaffed restaurants and higher food costs are among the issues plaguing the industry. Just 9% of survey respondents said business conditions improved over the last three months.

More than three-quarters of operators who took part in the NRA survey said their restaurants are short on staff. Among those respondents, 83% said they are at least 10% understaffed, while 39% are missing more than a fifth of their needed workforce. In response to the issue, restaurateurs are cutting their hours, slashing menu items and reducing seating capacity, which can all impact their revenue.

Tyson's Vaccine Mandate Worked
After its mandate, Tyson Foods reaches a 91 percent vaccination rate
Nearly two months after it announced it would require coronavirus vaccines for all 120,000 of its U.S. employees, 91 percent of Tyson’s U.S. work force is fully vaccinated, said Dr. Claudia Coplein, Tyson’s chief medical officer, who spoke to the DealBook newsletter about the results of its policy.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents several thousand Tyson workers, endorsed the mandate in return for more benefits, like paid sick leave. Frontline workers have until Nov. 1 to get vaccinated (or request an exemption), while the company’s roughly 6,000 office workers have until Friday to do so.

Tyson said that about 91 percent of its 31,000 unionized employees are now vaccinated, matching the company’s overall rate. Unlike some other big companies, Tyson has not faced any lawsuits over its mandate, but it has lost a handful of employees over its mandate, a number that may increase as the deadline nears.

COVID-19 booster shots available at 6,000 CVS stores for eligible Americans

NYC Workers Battling ‘Long COVID’ Find Chances for Accommodations Remote

Epidemiologist predicts likely decline in U.S. COVID cases, deaths

Global COVID-19 patterns show more signs of decline


Retail's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Will Only Get Worse
Retailers’ Latest Headache: Shutdowns at Their Vietnamese Suppliers

Factories in the country, a major apparel and footwear supplier to the U.S., have been forced by the pandemic to close or operate at reduced capacity, complicating the all-important holiday season.

Vietnam has grown in recent years to become the second-biggest supplier of apparel and footwear to the United States after China. Vietnam made it through the first part of the pandemic relatively unscathed, but now the Delta variant of the coronavirus is on a rampage, highlighting the uneven distribution of vaccines globally and the perils that new outbreaks pose to the world’s economy.

With the holiday season fast approaching, many American retailers are anticipating delays and shortages of goods, along with higher prices tied to labor and already skyrocketing shipping costs. Everlane said it was facing delays of four to eight weeks, depending on when factories it worked with in Vietnam had closed. Nike cut its sales forecast last week, citing the loss of 10 weeks of production in Vietnam since mid-July and reopenings set to start in phases in October.

The logjam has put a spotlight on Vietnam’s key role in outfitting American consumers. Many retailers moved their manufacturing to the country from China over the past decade because of rising costs. New tariffs on China instituted under former President Donald J. Trump accelerated the shift.

Contract factories in Vietnam manufactured 51 percent of total Nike brand footwear last year. Lululemon and Gap, which also owns Old Navy, have said a third of their merchandise comes from factories in Vietnam. Everlane said the country supplies 40 percent of its wares.

Worker Shortage + Holiday Season = Disaster?
From retail to airports to hospitality, jobs need filling

Customer demand is expected to surge as holiday travel and shopping season begins

As travel rebounds from the slow early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, airports continue to grapple with staffing shortages.

The holiday season is just around the corner and we know that the airport is going to remain very, very busy as we get into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now is the time they need to get people in, get them trained, get them ready for the holiday season.”

It’s not just airports. The hospitality industry is also short-staffed, said Peter Ricci, head of Florida Atlantic University’s hospitality and tourism management program.

“A lot of companies have already rushed to raise entry-level wages to be competitive and try to get some people back to the workforce but that’s not the answer,” he said. “The answer is maybe a more flexible schedule situation, better benefits, better career pathing.”

“And that took a large chunk of people out of the workplace,” he said. “So you figure the early retirements, the people who unfortunately died from COVID, the people who decided not to come back to the industry and found something, the elder care the child care. You add all this together and there is a huge swath of the workforce that is not available right now.”

New Protections for Garment Workers in California
Gov. Newsom signs bill expanding protections for garment workers
Garment workers in California will be paid an hourly rate and receive other new protections under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday afternoon.

SB 62, which faced heavy opposition from fashion brands and trade groups, aims to overhaul a pay model for garment workers that has led to subminimum wages in the industry. The law will expand liability for fashion brands that have largely been able to avoid responsibility for rampant wage theft by their suppliers.

“California is holding corporations accountable and recognizing the dignity and humanity of our workers, who have helped build the fifth-largest economy in the world,” Newsom said in a statement. “These measures protect marginalized low-wage workers, many of whom are women of color and immigrants, ensuring they are paid what they are due and improving workplace conditions.”

The California Chamber of Commerce put the bill on its “job killer” list. Since taking office, Newsom has signed only one so-called “job killer” bill per year.

Fashion brands and trade groups said the law would make retailers unfairly liable for unpaid wages of third-party contractors over whom they have no control and would devastate the garment manufacturing industry in Los Angeles because fashion labels will increasingly seek to contract with manufacturers outside California.

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Retail & Hospitality ISAC Announces 2021 Award Winners

Target, Flashpoint, Gap Inc., Marriott International, and Kontoor Brands take top honors.

Vienna, VA (September 30, 2021) – The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) has announced its 2021 Peer Choice Award winners, which are determined by votes from individual members. In addition, the RH-ISAC recognized teams and individuals with awards for outstanding contributions to the RH-ISAC community.

CISO of the Year

Rich Agostino, senior vice president and the chief information security officer (CISO) at Target, won the 2021 Peer Choice Award for CISO of the Year, which honors exceptional leadership and recognizes an individual who empowers their team to innovate, adapt, and evolve their processes to fit the needs of the evolving threat landscape.

Rich joined Target in 2014 and played a pivotal role in fostering a strong security culture through Target’s technology transformation. He is also an active member of the RH-ISAC, serving as chair of the board of directors and keynoting events such as the Cyber Intelligence Summit.

Cybersecurity Practitioner of the Year

Matt Brady, director of cyber threat intelligence at Target, earned the 2021 Peer Choice Award for Cybersecurity Practitioner of the Year, which honors a cyber intelligence practitioner who has demonstrated significant time, energy, and involvement to add value to the RH-ISAC by sharing threat intelligence and contributing content to events.

Matt has a decade of experience in cybersecurity operations for Fortune 150 organizations in the defense and aerospace, financial services, information technology, and retail sectors. He’s also an adjunct instructor at the University of Rhode Island teaching graduate-level cybersecurity courses.

Associate Member of the Year: Flashpoint

The 2021 recipient of this award is
Flashpoint, a globally trusted leader in actionable threat intelligence for organizations that demand the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet.

Additional Awards

In addition to the Peer Choice Awards, the RH-ISAC also recognized the following individuals and companies for outstanding contributions to the RH-ISAC community.

Fast Starter Award: The 2021 winner is Kontoor Brands.

Team Players of the Year: The 2021 winners are Nick Leicht, Software Engineer for Gap Inc., Vanessa Aranda, Threat Intelligence Analyst for Gap Inc., and Jamie Buzzeo, Senior Manager, Threat Intelligence and Cyber Security Investigations for Marriott International

Sharing & Collaboration Challenge – Teams: The first-place winners in each category are Marriott International, Gap Inc., Crutchfield, and Target.

Sharing & Collaboration Challenge – Individual: The winner is Seth Monteleone, cybersecurity analyst at Lowe’s.

Click here to read more about RH-ISAC's 2021 award winners

Cybercrime: The Other Pandemic
How Cybercrime Spreads and How to Fight It
As the world desperately tries to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,
we are combating a “pandemic of a different variety,” Christopher Krebs, the former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, warned in May.

the world is experiencing a cybercrime pandemic, which is a direct consequence of COVID-19. Due to the global spread of the virus in 2020, many organizations - without proper risk analysis or mitigation planning - were forced to send all employees to work from home to balance safety, compliance, and business continuity.This sudden paradigm shift created a fat new target for cybercriminals and cyberattacks across the world have increased dramatically since then.

Rapid Spread

The FBI’s
2020 Internet Crime Report listed 791,790 cybercrime complaints in 2020 - a 69% increase over 2019. In the SolarWinds supply chain attack, hackers had access to the data of at least nine U.S. federal agencies for more than nine months.

The cyber pandemic is continuing to spread in 2021. In January, a ransomware attack affected the OT systems of WestRock, the second-largest packaging company in the United States. In March, over 30,000 organizations in the U.S. were affected by the Microsoft Exchange Server attack.

Increasing Impacts

May 2021 was the
first time a cyberattack had a large-scale physical impact on the general U.S. population. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack caused the average U.S. gas price to go above $3 a gallon for the first time in over six years and led to severe gas shortage in several states.

In the same month, a ransomware attack on JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, halted all its U.S. plants. And a supply chain attack on software provider Kaseya in July may have affected between 800 and 1,500 businesses.

How Do We Stay Safe in a Cyber Pandemic?

Just as vaccination keeps us safer from COVID-19, we realized that
proactive prevention measures will place our organizations in a better position to combat this cybercrime pandemic. With cybercriminals creating waves of new threat variants, we reviewed every layer of the security chain and its relevance in the new normal and made appropriate changes to create new preventive controls. We ensured that cybersecurity is embedded with every modified business process.

Private Sector Fears About Cyberattacks
Nation-state attack fears grow, execs don’t trust governments to protect them from cyber threats
Despite recent interventions into cybersecurity issues,
executives lack faith in the government’s ability to protect them from cyber threats, with 60% of organizations believing that spending on new security tools and services is the most effective way of stopping attacks.

On the heels of advanced diplomatic talks between Russia and the USA on mitigating eCrime and ransomware attacks,
only 15% of U.S. executives believe that diplomacy effectively stops future cyberattacks. In comparison, 31% believe retaliatory cyberattacks against foreign nations would be effective.

Fears of nation-state attacks escalate

China (41%) and Russia (41%) are seen equally in the eyes of global IT decision-makers as the source of the most dangerous threats targeting their businesses.

Confidence in ability to secure hybrid work environments remains low

74% of executives adopting hybrid work believe their in-house IT and security teams lack the capability and expertise to fend off ransomware or other sophisticated cyberthreats

“The best way for organizations to break out of this cycle of fear and uncertainty is for them to recognize that they don’t have a tools problem, but an operational one and that embracing security operations will allow them to address the rapidly evolving threat landscape with ease and simplicity.”

Shades of SolarWinds Attack Malware Found in New 'Tomiris' Backdoor






Securing Your Dispensary
Integrating Personnel with Installed Security
The goal here is to have 100% compliant security (based on regulations). But, to also make sure that you go as far as is necessary to secure your facility so your employees (and customers) can safely operate every day, you may need to go further than regulations require to do so. When you have adequate installed security it is important to ensure that the employees know how to use the entire security system, as well as protocols for what to do in an emergency.

It is important to always have a person who has the primary job of security while they are on the premises, otherwise it becomes a lot of employee’s “secondary responsibility” and it does not take the proper priority that it should. That security person should know exactly what they are to be doing for every minute they are on shift, as security is about vigilance. The vigilance that you show in your security will provide for a relaxed and comfortable shopping experience both for your customers and your employees.

The problems arise when you go to integrate the two. Training normal staff on the security system can be tedious, as well as determining “post orders” for security personnel. When integrating the systems, listen to your staff and their feedback on ease-of-use, security gaps, and the areas they think are “overdone”. They are the ones working with the system everyday, and will give you good feedback on its effectiveness.

Too many times I have seen operations get off the ground successfully, and remain vigilant in their security for a while, and then complacency happens. Often one or more features of the security you paid for is not being utilized and you may have waste in your application of resources, as well as a gap in your security measures, which is a big deal.

Maintaining the relationship between installed security and the static security and staff you have in your facility can truly make or break your operation on a daily basis.

Cybersecurity & Cannabis Businesses

Protecting Your Cannabis Business from Cyber Attacks
Many cannabis businesses are starting to take a closer look at their IT security for a variety of reasons, including the ongoing ransomware epidemic, the need to show sophisticated internal controls and operations to investors and acquiring businesses, and more people coming into the industry from other sectors (retail, manufacturing, finance, etc.) that already understand the importance of a mature, well-structured approach to IT.

If you’re one of these businesses and aren’t tech-savvy, the first step is understanding the basics of IT security and how to protect your business from cyber attacks. Here’s our advice as an IT company serving the cannabis industry on how to approach it.

Principles to Follow

Defense in depth

Similar to the way prisons don’t have just one fence, but a series of interlocking security measures, procedures, and controls, you don’t want to depend on one security feature to protect your data. You want your IT to have both vertical and horizontal depth – so it’s difficult to both break into initially and move around in once you’re inside. The most basic example of this is having both a firewall and antivirus software on your PC. Firewalls block threats from getting onto your PC in the first place, while antivirus software blocks malware from running and quarantines and deletes it.

Zero trust / deny all

There are a million ways for hackers to get into your network. It’s best to just block everything by default and only give people and assets access to what they genuinely need.


You’re only as secure as your weakest point. You have to consider security holistically and ensure you have an equal level of security throughout your organization and at all levels of your networks.


Dumping 60K Marijuana Convictions
L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 past marijuana convictions
The nation’s largest prosecutor’s office is moving to dismiss roughly 60,000 marijuana convictions, the latest step to undo what some reform advocates consider the damage caused by narcotics enforcement carried out before Californians voted to legalize marijuana, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón announced Monday.

Under previous Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, the office moved last year to dump 66,000 marijuana convictions that took place before voters passed Proposition 64, the state law legalizing recreational marijuana use. But that list was compiled using information collected by the California Department of Justice, and Gascón said his office was able to identify tens of thousands more eligible cases by combing L.A. County court records.

“Dismissing these convictions means the possibility of a better future to thousands of disenfranchised people who are receiving this long-needed relief,” Gascón said in a statement. “It clears the path for them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were denied to them because of unjust cannabis laws.”

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Fierce Competition for E-Commerce Labor
Logistics Operators Raise Pay, Enlist Robots to Meet Holiday Demand

Competition for warehouse labor is fierce as e-commerce volumes surge and companies pull out all the stops on recruiting

Warehouse operators are throwing every tool they can at increasingly urgent efforts to hire seasonal workers as they brace for an expected flood of holiday goods amid competition for scarce labor from deep-pocketed rivals.

Logistics providers are boosting pay, adding flexibility to shifts, blanketing social media with recruitment ads and even shipping in more robots to help workers field surging e-commerce volumes. They are also jockeying with titans like Inc., Walmart Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. that are dangling inducements, from signing bonuses to assistance with college tuition, as they push to bring on hundreds of thousands of workers ahead of the holidays.

“When companies are looking ahead to peak season…the word I’m hearing most often is ‘terrified,’” said Dan Johnston, chief executive and co-founder of WorkStep, a startup whose software helps companies hire and retain supply-chain workers.

Workers to fill online orders and push merchandise out to stores are in short supply in a tight U.S. labor market in which service industries say the lack of available staff is hampering their recovery efforts. Some warehouse employees say they are already working overtime under sometimes tough conditions to meet heavy consumer demand.

DHL Supply Chain aims to hire 12,000 seasonal workers in North America for this year’s holiday peak, a 20% increase from 2020. The company is raising pay and adding hundreds more collaborative robots that navigate warehouse aisles to help workers pick orders.

Demand for distribution workers has skyrocketed as more consumers shop online, in part because picking, packing and shipping e-commerce orders is more labor-intensive than traditional warehouse operations that distribute wholesale goods or replenish store inventory.

The pandemic accelerated e-commerce adoption as homebound consumers loaded up digital shopping carts. Covid-19 also deepened pressure on blue-collar labor ranks, with some people leaving the workforce because of concerns about getting sick or to care for family members.

More Controversy Surrounding Amazon Delivery Cameras
Amazon's AI-powered cameras punish its delivery drivers when they look at side mirrors or when other cars cut them off, report says
Amazon drivers say
they are being punished for some driving habits that are considered safe and others that are beyond their control, Motherboard reported.

Drivers told Motherboard that the AI-powered cameras in Amazon's delivery vans
unfairly penalized them for things such as looking at side mirrors, adjusting the radio, and even getting cut off in traffic by someone else.

"It's upsetting, when I didn't do anything," a Los Angeles delivery driver told Motherboard. "Every time I need to make a right-hand turn, it inevitably happens. A car cuts me off to move into my lane, and the camera, in this
really dystopian dark, robotic voice, shouts at me."

Amazon said it has seen a reduction in accidents and other safety violations since installing the Netradyne cameras in its delivery vehicles.

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Illinois ORC Task Force - First Big Bust
Dupage County, IL: Illinois rapper among 6 charged in luxury car theft ring
Authorities announced charges in a car theft ring involving false identification and stolen identities targeting luxury vehicles.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office Organized Retail Crime Task Force said Tuesday that the sophisticated crime ring to steal high-end vehicles involves a relatively well-known Lansing, Illinois rapper named ‘Tony Sosa.’ “Most of these thefts occurred in DuPage County, with the second most occurring in Cook County,” said Attorney General Kwame Raoul. “Our investigation involved multiple counties in Illinois and across state lines into Indiana and Iowa.” Six people face felony charges over their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud Chicago area luxury dealerships using stolen and fraudulent identities.

Riverside County, CA: Multiple People Caught on Camera Shoplifting From Marshalls Store in Hemet
Video footage shows some brazen thieves in action at a popular retail store in Riverside County. A witness says the shoplifters calmly walked inside and took anything they wanted. One even used a wire cutter to carefully cut off security leashes on some expensive purses. Saturday evening, Lindsey Rodriguez shot a video of a man casually walking out of a Marshalls in Hemet, with his arms full of clothing that Rodriguez says he did not pay for. “I worked every single day, 40 hours a week during this whole pandemic, and then I go in and see that, and it's disheartening. It's not Hemet," she says.

Within a 10-minute span, Rodriguez says she spotted three people stealing, including a woman. Footage shows her using a wire cutter to sever the security wires that connect the purses to the racks. “People shopping there were just kind of standing there watching. The only thing I figured I could do was get their identities and their license plates and give them to somebody who will do something with them," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez and her husband Pancho followed the purse thief, who ran to a dark-colored car that quickly drove away. She called 911 and Hemet police say an officer arrived a short time later and ran a license plate, but didn't see anyone suspicious. “The people that work at Marshalls are working and sit there on the clock and watch these people just steal from everybody,” Rodriguez said. Police also say no one from Marshalls has reported the crimes so far, which is baffling, according to Rodriguez.

Video shows how duo stole specialized $13,500 bicycle from Sunrise store
Surveillance videos show a woman distracted a store clerk as she worked with a man who quickly stole a light-weight 12-speed bicycle valued at $13,500, according to a Broward County store owner. The Sept. 22 burglary was at Mega Cycle, a bicycle store in the Indian Trace Center, at 1390 SW 160 Ave., in Sunrise. The thief walked out with the specialized S-Works Aethos Red eTap AXS. The thieves posed as customers and the man who walked out with the Aethos road bike was prepared to grab and go before the clerk returned to his desk.

Baton Rouge, LA: Police seeking to identify suspect accused of $4,500 credit card fraud
Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) are attempting to identify a suspect accused of stealing a credit card and purchasing $4,500.00 worth of computer equipment from a local business.

Hoover, AL: Suspect Sought In Dick's Sporting Goods $3,000 Shoplifting Case

Denton, TX: Women stole at least $500 in candles from Bath & Body Works







Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX: Woman killed during carjacking following Auto Part store robbery
The family of a woman who was dragged to her death Tuesday was already mourning the loss of her brother who was shot and killed earlier this year. Jessica Garza, 41, was parked at an east Houston church waiting for her daughter to get off work. A carjacker suddenly jumped into her car after robbing a nearby auto parts store, Houston police said. They say he pushed Garza out but she got stuck in the seatbelt. The carjacker took off, dragging her several blocks and crashing into at least half a dozen vehicles. Marcus Wayne Brock, 55, was arrested at the scene and charged with capital murder on Wednesday.

DeKalb County, GA: Gas station surveillance shows deadly officer-involved shooting
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine what lead up to a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday at a DeKalb County gas station parking lot. The shooting happened Saturday at the Shell gas station on the 2700 block of Candler Road. FOX 5 has obtained an exclusive video, which some may find disturbing to watch, that shows the moments several officers fired their guns at a man who appears to be in the back of their patrol car. According to DeKalb County police, the officers got a call of a suspicious man, later identified as 33-year-old Christian Smith, walking along Interstate 20. DeKalb police said officers brought the man to a gas station parking lot on Candler Road near South DeKalb Mall. Officials said Smith pulled out a gun and that’s what prompted officers to fire their weapons killing the man.

Tulsa, OK: Argument Leads To Shooting Incident Outside Convenience Store
Tulsa Police are investigating a shooting that took place at a QuikTrip near 71st and Riverside. Officers say an argument between two men ended with a bullet almost hitting the store. Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. on Thursday. They say a man walked into the QuikTrip to buy a couple of things and then left the store.

San Antonio, TX: Customer shoots at wireless store employees, takes off
Police said two employees at Woody’s Wireless in the 1400 block of West Hildebrand Avenue escaped with serious injuries when a customer shot at them and left.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Asheville, NC: Buncombe County Deputies make arrests in massive property theft ring investigation
Deputies have made arrests in what they’re calling one of the largest recoveries of stolen property in at least a decade for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. After making one arrest last week, deputies have charged two more people in a multi-county theft ring. Last week, the sheriff’s office recovered hundreds of stolen construction items, landscaping and surveying equipment/materials from rented storage units in Candler. Deputies say a number of tools used to cut out catalytic converters were also recovered. These thefts were primarily from construction and road construction companies, according to the sheriff’s office.

UK: London: Member of Romanian crime gang which raided phone shops across North East and UK is jailed
The group walked off with over $200,000 of phones and computer tablets after they stormed stores, including Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and O2, between May 2018 to June 2019. Shops from South Shields, Seaham, Durham, Hartlepool and Northumberland were among those targeted in a nationwide spree. Newcastle Crown Court originally heard that many of the gang members have fled back to Romania, following the robberies. However, Ionatan Marin and Ionatan Stefan both admitted conspiracy to rob and appeared back in front of the same court on Wednesday, September 29. Marin, of no fixed address but who was living in Harehills, Leeds, was carrying 13 mobile phones when he was arrested and was heavily involved in the raids.

Naples, FL: Woman sentenced to more than 8 years for nearly $100k credit card fraud; stealing from victim of dementia




Auto – Houston, TX – Robbery/Woman killed
Bike – Sunrise, FL – Robbery
CVS – James City County, VA – Robbery
CVS – Cromwell, CT – Burglary
Dollar General – Allentown, PA – Armed Robbery
Dollar Tree – Memphis, TN – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – Cleveland, OH – Robbery
Gas Station – McHenry County, IL – Armed Robbery
Home Depot – Napa, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Syracuse, NY – Robbery
Jewelry – Roseville, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Sugarland, TX – Burglary
Jewelry – Tacoma, WA – Robbery
Jewelry - Greenville, SC – Robbery
Jewelry – Thornton, CO – Robbery
Restaurant – Dover, DE – Burglary (McDonald’s)
Restaurant – Michigan City, IN -Armed Robbery (Wendy’s)
Restaurant – Michigan City, IN – Armed Robbery (Subway)
Rite Aid – Queens, NY - Burglary
Vape – Manassas, VA – Burglary
Vape – Lincoln, NE – Burglary
7-Eleven – James City County, VA – Armed Robbery                                                                  

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

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