Baltimore police hand report on Gray death to prosecutor - When will they
Baltimore police have completed their investigation
into the death of Freddie Gray and turned over their findings to prosecutors -
one day earlier than the department's self-imposed deadline, the commissioner
said Thursday morning. Authorities have said the state's attorney's office will
review the information, consider charges and decide how to move forward.
Editor's Note: When the results are made public a response will come. Let's keep
them all safe out there.
Hundreds rally last night - 60 arrested - in Manhattan's Union Square protesting
death of Freddie Gray
Several hundred protesters began gathering in
Manhattan's Union Square Wednesday night, chanting "no justice, no peace" and
"hands up, don't shoot" as police officers watched. Later, a group of protesters
spilled into the street disrupting traffic. The police moved in and began making
arrests. Officers with batons had to push the crowd back onto the sidewalk.
Another group of protesters marched north to Times Square where they held a "die
in" by lying on the ground. crainsnewyork.com
Empty Streets New Threat to Businesses in Baltimore - retail is getting killed
with 1 week curfew
For many local business owners, the worst hit from
this week's unrest is still to come. For restaurants, bars, taxicabs and others
that rely on nighttime customers, it is a potential economic disaster.
"Thursday, Friday, Saturday; those are the nights when we're usually the
busiest." This is hitting during the worst month of the year," he said, citing
annual April scourges like taxes, license renewals and city inspections.
Baltimore Riots and Corporate Risk
Civil unrest in your city absolutely needs to be on your agenda in terms of
risks to consider. The possibility that protests might spread contagiously from
city to city means that no company can ignore the risk, even if its operations
not located in the area most directly affected now. "You can't assume that if
you are in a smaller town or less than a larger city you are somehow immune to
the potential for this." Businesses need to plan how they will protect their
employees and their businesses if they find themselves in the eye of a storm.
They should keep in mind that business interruption and loss of sales as
customers subsequently avoid areas they may consider unsafe are likelier to have
greater impacts than direct physical damage, she said. Reputation risk also
rises when civil unrest strikes
, and companies need to consider afresh how
actions taken in the normal course of business might affect all stakeholders,
and how they might be perceived. "It can't be business as usual now,"
opens doors to its emergency operation center
The Walmart Emergency
Operations Center is located deep inside their home office in Bentonville,
Arkansas. The EOC has its origins in the company's response following the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Over the years it has been activated
for numerous disasters, some natural and some man-made.
EOC Senior Manager, Lucas McDonald is a trained meteorologist so he is keenly
aware of what Mother Nature can dish-out. "We bring together resources here to
make sure we have the proper response for our associates, operations and
communities," says McDonald.
Walmart was widely praised for their response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 which
included coordinating and distributing 1500 truckloads of free merchandise and
Before, during and after an event, the EOC not only coordinates with their local
stores. They also monitor social media very closely to see what their customers
are talking about the things they may want or need. Based on what they see, they
can make quick adjustments to what products they ship into a disaster zone.
DOJ Releases Cybersecurity Guidance for Breach Victims
The U.S. Department of Justice, as part of a broader roll out of its engagement
with the corporate sector on cyber issues, released guidance containing what it
sees as best practice for victims - and potential victims - of data breaches.
U.S. officials have spent recent days fanning across the country to try and get
the private sector to report more about the cyberattacks they face. The 15-page
document, which top U.S. Justice Department officials said would be updated as
challenges and solutions change over time, has a step-by-step guide for how to
prepare for a potential breach, how to respond during a breach and what to do
after a breach occurs. The guidance was drafted for smaller organizations that
may not have the resources to invest in cybersecurity, but its lessons are also
useful for large organizations, the document said. It drew upon departmental
experience investigating cybercrime, as well as input from the private sector as
it handled cyber incidents, the document said. wsj.com
C-level technology executives would and should be the ones held responsible for
The question of corporate liability has been front and
center. It turns out that many security-industry folks believe that C-level
technology executives would and should be the ones held responsible for
compromises, new research has revealed. According to a survey by Tripwire of 250
attendees at RSA Conference USA 2015 and BSidesSF 2015 in San Francisco last
week, technology leaders within firms are the ones who should be on the hook for
security, in spite of pervasive vulnerabilities being present on many fronts
that are leading to devastating cyber-attacks across a broad range of
What Walmart Learned From the Target Data Breach
Walmart CIO Karenann Terrell offers provocative comments about retail security
and what the Target data breach taught the industry. "What Target taught the
entire industry was that you can't have any single point of failure," Terrell
said. The ability to protect against every single potential breach vector is
zero; that's why layered security with a hard, crusty exterior protection layer
is needed on each individual component, including infrastructure, data and
applications, Terrell said. As part of a layered approach to security, analytics
and data that tracks what is happening on a network from a threat-vector
perspective is needed, she said, adding that it's also important to watch the
movement of data across an organization to see what happens. "What we learned is
we have to have white-hat testing capability on staff for continual testing,"
In the post-Target breach era, Terrell has also focused on the malicious
insider threat, which she sees as a real threat
(though the Target breach
was not caused by a malicious insider). Malicious insiders are extremely
difficult to identify today, and that's where data analytics can play a big
she said. eweek.com
U.S. won't adopt chip and PIN until 2020
While most observers agree there will not be widespread adoption of technology
to accept payments from EMV-compliant payment cards in the U.S. by the October
2015 fraud liability shift deadline, Forrester Research is less optimistic than
most. In a research note, Forrester said retailer concerns about the ROI of
spending on chip and PIN technology, as well the development of new secure
payment methods, will delay widespread adoption of hardware and software
needed to accept chip and PIN payment in the U.S., until 2020.
Dollar Financial, Money Mart stores,
eliminates Vice President LP position after merger with Lone Star Capital
Dollar Financial which operates Money Mart stores in North America
was purchased by Lone Star Capital six months ago and they recently eliminated
the VP of LP position at Dollar Financial. With over 800 locations Lone Star has
a North American LP Director and a U.S. LP Director along with regional LPM's
scattered across North America. Editor's Note: Mergers virtually always means
Regretfully our industry loses a vice president level position and
the executive who had been with them for 18 years now finds himself looking for
his next opportunity in a tight market.
PetSmart Digs Up $3.8M To End Worker OT Collective Action
PetSmart Inc. has agreed to pay $3.8 million to end a collective action alleging
the retail chain misclassified operations managers as exempt from the Fair Labor
Standards Act's overtime requirements, according to a Wednesday filing in
Delaware federal court. The money would be distributed to more than 330
operations managers nationwide who opted in to the suit.
Tommy Bahama selected March Networks' retail solution to gain faster, more
robust loss prevention capabilities
And to improve recovery and
apprehension rates with higher-quality video evidence and better safeguard
customers and employees at 130 stores worldwide.
Smartvue gets $15m for IoTV play - Internet of Things already impacting cloud
video surveillance providers
Cloud video surveillance provider
Smartvue announced this week that it secured $15 million in financing from
Fortress Investment Group, a $67 billion firm. Fortress likes Smartvue's vision
of being "a major cloud platform in the video surveillance services business,"
Renkis said. "[Fortress] saw what we saw, which is that [the Internet of Things]
is going to be gigantic and someone is going to be the leader driving video
surveillance services using the cloud,"
he said. Renkis and others believe
that many of the "things" that will be connected to the Internet-cars and
televisions for example-will have cameras or will "be video-enabled somehow." securitysystemsnews.com
Retailers Are Spending Big on New Businesses to Spur Growth - If you want to
know where retail is going this is the article - It may not be the answer but it
shows that the nation's CEO's are grappling with - Who are we tomorrow?
Mall traffic is down, online sales are taking market share and shoppers are more
interested in the latest gadget than the latest look. The result? Retailers are
no longer relying just on organic growth. They're getting out their checkbooks
and plunking down hundreds of millions of dollars to buy new businesses and
quickly learn new skills or gain footholds in new areas. "It's all about
supercharging the access to the consumer," Singer said. "You'll probably see
some department stores trying to go own these specialty chains. You could see
big acquisitions between the likes of the big specialty stores and the major
[department store] retailers
because they can complement each other, not
only with their infrastructure and their cross-channel base, but also their
customer base. There's a lot of opportunity to this." Editor's Note: This one
article, too long to publish here, is well worth the read for the true retailer
as it shows how the retailers are looking for non-traditional answers, deals,
and other companies to grow their businesses. And it includes all the big names
trying to reinvent themselves as quickly as possible.
Conference 2015: IAI Teaches Interviewers How to Win at Poker
International Association of Interviewers (IAI) teaches interviewers how to win
at poker with a free infographic at this year's Retail Asset Protection
conference, May 3-6, hosted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).
The infographic, "Know When to Hold'em or Fold'em," shows how interview experts
can take their expertise in interviewing and apply it to reading the behavior of
opponents sitting around the poker table. IAI has teamed up with valuable
partners at the RILA conference in Orlando to help its members achieve
professional success. "Dynamic industry leaders form an elite group that
currently participate in our sponsorship program," says IAI Executive Director
Wayne Hoover, CFI. Visit IAI sponsor booths for a free infographic
using interviewing skills in poker as well as the chance to win CFI
scholarships, Elite Training Day registrations and IAI memberships (Checkview,
an Iverify company, booth 505 - InstaKey, booth 130 - LP Innovations (LPI),
booth 524 - General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), booth 317 - Security
Resources, booth 527).
Kroger to build 11 new stores, 16 gas stations,
training center in Indiana
20% of Millennials prefer not to interact with cashiers during checkout
J.C. Penney expands Sephora - 25 new stores inside Penney - 500 full-service
Big 5 Sporting Goods plans 10 new stores
Rite Aid April same store sales up 3% with total
sales up 2.4%
Loblaws, Canada's first major retailer to install automatic external
defibrillators in stores -
already saved one life! How about your retailer?