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New Year Security Threats

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Orion Security Solutions wants to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. It is hard to believe another year has gone by so quickly, but the New Year will bring many new opportunities and experiences along with new threats to our national, personal, and corporate security. New security threats emerge as technologies and tactics adapt to security measures that were previously instituted. We have seen many attacks on our public venues in recent years and I suspect the New Year will bring additional threats to these types of locations, deemed by terrorists and attacks as “soft targets”. Marathons, schools, theaters, and other public venues have got the brunt of these threats and remain at risk from these threats.

While previous years have witnessed so many threats emerge and attacks happen, they also had many attacks stopped by intelligence organizations, law enforcement agencies, military groups, and vigilant citizens. Each New Year brings increased awareness of the reality of the security threats we face. Citizens who pay attention to their surroundings and report anomalies to law enforcement are critical assets to mitigating threats as they present themselves. My advice to helping mitigate threats in the New Year is to become familiar with the threats we face and be proactive in helping.

Many people have asked me in the past how they might play a role in helping prevent attacks and mitigate threats that we face. The answer depends on the situation, but almost always starts with simply paying attention. Few threats materialize into attacks without some indication of odd behavior. Since people are more aware now, anomalies are being reported more frequently and helping prevent threats and attacks. This is encouraging as we enter the New Year and my hope is that we have a safe and prosperous year.

Thank you for following us here at The O and we look forward to a great New Year of interesting insights.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.