If you think Minority Report was just another science fiction movie, think again. In the movie, a special law enforcement unit used unusual psychic capabilities to arrest and convict criminals before they commit their crimes (murders in this case). In real life, Israel’s Internal Security Service (ISS), known locally as the “Shin Bet”, is using, among other tactics, elaborate, big data-based and “Deep Learning” algorithms to detect and arrest would-be Palestinian terrorists.
38-year-old Jimmy Lam, a supposed UPS employee, was identified as the gunman who killed three men and wounded two others at a UPS facility in San Francisco and then killed himself, early on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
As we wake up to another horrific story of mass casualties resulting from a terror attack on a public venue – this time a rock concert in Manchester England, we have to ask ourselves some hard questions about our current disaster-mitigation abilities, and seek non-standard answers to the obvious challenges and exposed vulnerabilities.
Professor Erroll Southers, USC’s Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE) Program, and Managing Director of TAL Global’s Managing Director, Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, discussing the recent London terror attack.
In our zeal to protect ourselves from the next attack, the current emphasis on technological countermeasures focuses on yesterday’s threat and usually does not give enough attention to “the human element” which evolves rapidly, creating ever-changing threat profiles.
Even the most tech-savvy CEO knows that while technology is paramount to our lives and to our business success, real breakthroughs – technological or commercial – are brought about by people. It’s people that dream, innovate, develop, implement, push, and end up bringing home the bacon; in short, it’s all about people.
During the current Olympic Games, there has been an unprecedented number of rather brazen attacks on athletes and high officials, highlighting once again the dangers and vulnerabilities of being unprotected in a dangerous territory, and the need for professional protection in low-security areas – in Brazil and throughout the world.
A threatening message that was sent from a yet unknown source caused today (Tuesday) the cancellation of all classes in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Even though no actual attack has, luckily, taken place, and no real threat actually materialized, the disruptive effect of the threat itself was significant, and its ramifications will probably continue to be reverberate for weeks to come.
Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director of Counter Terrorism and Infrastructure Security, has been a frequent guess on multiple television and radio shows across the U.S. and abroad.