Bomb Explodes in Target Women's Bathroom
Transgender Policy? - Police Deny
IL - A 44-year-old woman described as a person of interest was
taken into custody in connection with a small bomb explosion in the women's
bathroom at a Target store in Evanston, Illinois, police said Thursday.
Despite early speculation the incident was possibly connected to Target's
recent change to its bathroom policy allowing customers "to use the restroom
or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,"
police dismissed that notion Thursday. "The detectives are not currently
looking for any known additional suspects and as this point there is no
indication that the incident is related to any policies that the Target
store has in place," police said in a
news release issued Thursday.
explosion occurred Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m. at the store. No one was
inside the bathroom when the small explosion happened, Commander Joe Dugan
said. It caused minor damage and no one was injured. Early indications are
that a plastic bottle was used but no projectiles like nails or tacks were
inside it. Investigators are gathering evidence, including examining store
security camera video.
OSHA Fines Ashely Furniture $1.75 Million
New VP Safety Job Coming!
OSHA and Ashley Furniture, the nation's largest retailer of home furnishings,
have entered into a
corporate-wide settlement agreement that the agency believes provides an
effective framework for protecting workers from machine hazards. The agreement
also resolves all pending OSHA citations at the company's plants in Arcadia and
Whitehall, Wisconsin, and in Ecru and Ripley, Mississippi.
According to the terms of the agreement, Ashley will demonstrate its
corporate commitment to safety by retaining a vice president for safety, who
will be responsible for managing a corporate-wide program to identify and
evaluate prevention and control of machine hazards. The comprehensive
settlement emphasizes employee involvement and management commitment to the
implementation of the machine safety program.
The settlement agreement with Ashley resolves numerous violations that OSHA
issued to several Ashley workplaces. OSHA conducted inspections at several
Ashley workplaces after learning of injuries at the Arcadia, Wisonsin facility,
and realizing that similar hazardous conditions could exist at the other
workplaces. To resolve all citations, the company will correct all cited
violations and will pay penalties of $1.75 million.
Retail Wraps Up InterACT 2016 Experience
Verisk Retail's "Up North" InterACT 2016 experience, at the historic Grand View
Resort in Nisswa, Minnesota, has once again been acclaimed by its customers as
one of the year's most essential events for growth and advancement of loss
Over 70 retail professionals, representing more than 40 retail brands, gathered
to share insights in maximizing their use of the Aspect EliteLP POS-analysis and
APIS case management systems, as well as to gain cutting-edge loss prevention
knowledge. InterACT's robust agenda, once again, qualified attendees for
Continuing Education Credits toward widely-recognized industry certifications,
including LPC, LPQ and CFI.
Read more here.
Best Security Industries (BSI) Unveils New Series of Intelligent Solutions to
Combat ORC and Other Crimes Against Retailers
Best Security Industries (BSI), a premiere provider of certified, pre-owned and
private label electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems and engineered IP
video solutions, today announced that it has expanded its BSI Connect series
with the introduction of BSI Notify Connect and BSI Tracking Connect. These new
solutions are specifically designed to help retailers address the growing
problem of organized retail crimes (ORC) and other forms of shoplifting. BSI
will showcase these new solutions at NRF Protect, June 14-16, 2016 in
Philadelphia. Stop by Booth #1401 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to
Tyco Security Products Introduces VideoEdge Facial Biometrics
With Face Detection analytics, operators can be proactively notified that the
surveillance system has detected a person of interest, for example known
criminals, ex-employees, VIPs or other persons of importance. This technology
can be useful in protecting stock and assets by alerting security to potential
risks much sooner than normal, to increasing customer retention by alerting the
store manager to greet an important customer entering the store.
Keeping Cargo Theft at Bay:
Goods Tracking Market to Swell to $5.6B - 2021
Goods tracking technologies are on the rise, as companies find them to be
increasingly essential in effectively tracking and monitoring transported goods
to cut down on cargo theft. ABI Research estimates that the market, which was
worth $3.6 billion in 2016, will swell to $5.6 billion by 2021.
Office Depot Allowed to Sue AIG for $30M
Claims Bad Faith in Covering Whistleblower Suit
Office Depot Inc. can continue to pursue its suit alleging AIG Specialty
Insurance Co. failed to pay for the company's losses from a whistleblower suit
after a California federal judge on Tuesday ruled state law precluded the
payment but let the company proceed with a bad-faith claim against the insurer.
Judge Stephen V. Wilson dismissed Office Depot's breach of contract claims
against AIG, finding the state insurance code barred the insurer from paying on
a $30 million claim Office Depot made after settling a California False Claims
Act lawsuit. But Judge Wilson ruled that the office supply giant could go
forward with its claim that AIG acted in bad faith in handling the claim.
SEC Issues $17 Million
The SEC said the person's
"detailed tip substantially advanced the agency's investigation," and
subsequent enforcement action. The SEC, citing federal law, did not identify
the tipster or their former employer. The largest award issued in the
program was $30 million
awarded in September 2014. Its second-largest since launching the
whistleblower program five years ago.
The SEC's whistleblower
program was established under a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act; it has
awarded $85 million to 32 tipsters since its inception in 2011, the SEC
said. Mr. Ceresney noted that five whistleblowers in the past month have
collected more than $26 million in awards. Whistleblowers who provide unique
and useful information to the SEC can collect 10% to 30% of a penalty when
it exceeds $1 million, the SEC said.
Hudson's Bay Co. Widens
Loss, Plans More Cost-Cutting Moves
Bay Co. parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue department stores, reported a
wider loss for the first quarter, hurt by weakness at a couple key brands.
The company also said it plans more cost-cutting moves, including a
voluntary restructuring of its European merchandising operations. In
addition to the European restructuring, Hudson's Bay said it
outsourced information-technology systems positions in its North America
Signs point toward FTC approving Walgreens-Rite Aid merger
The deal, if approved, would come with conditions, sources said.
Meanwhile, Walgreen's within a few days is expected to announce the beginning
of a process to divest stores in regions where the chains may have too much
overlap, a source close to the situation said.
99 Cents Only Stores posts Field Director, Asset Protection job online
As a Field Director, Asset Protection, you will manage all aspects of the
company's field asset protection, safety, security and compliance. You will
direct, and support field management in the design, development, monitoring and
implementation of activities related to the protection of company assets.
With more than 350 stores in four western states and two distribution centers in
California and Texas, 99 Cents Only Stores is a premier deep-discount retailer
that primarily carries name-brand consumable and general merchandise.
It's not a Fourth
Amendment search if a cop swipes your credit card, court finds
Riverside County, CA:
Chemical spill inside a Starkist Foods Distribution Center injures 16,
Same Store Sales Results
Christopher & Banks Q1 comp's up 6%, net sales up 9.2%
Francesca's Q1 comp's up 2%, net sales up 12%
99 Cents Only Stores Q1 comp's flat, net sales up 1.3%
Hudson's Bay Company Q1 comp's down 1%
DSG comp's up 2.3%
HBC Europe comp's up 0.7%
HBC Off Price comp's down 4.1%
Saks Fifth Avenue comp's down 5.7%
Mattress Firm Q1 comp's down 1.1%, net sales up 49.2%
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Chief Security Officer May Be The Job Of The Future That No One Wants
Some might characterize the last few years as a "gold rush" for security
professionals. It's becoming increasingly clear that hackers are going to
continue hacking, and businesses are scrambling to bring in the leaders they
need to fend off these increasing attacks.
A recent report from Cisco puts it bluntly, "cybersecurity skills are in high
demand, yet in short supply."
With this, large organizations are scrambling
to figure out how best to implement a proper security strategy all the while
struggling to find the best people to execute the tasks. More than half of the
organizations surveyed in the Cisco report sought security consulting,
indicating that there's a continual gap of internal knowledge.
The big issue is understanding how to position the problem. For years, security
was something of an operational issue - a decision made and implemented by
middle management. Top decision-makers didn't really understand the inner
workings of IT, so they likely didn't have much stake in a company's security
But as targets become more widespread, it's now a leadership issue. And
titles like CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) and CSO (Chief Security
Officer) are becoming C-level staples.
There's the Beef
- Wendy's Admits Number of Locations Impacted in Data Breach 'Significantly
Higher' than the 300 Initially Reported
news broke last month
that the credit card breach at fast food chain Wendy's
impacted fewer than 300 out of the company's 5,800 locations, the response from
many readers was, "Where's the Breach?" Today, Wendy's said the number of stores
impacted by the breach is "significantly higher" and that the intrusion may not
yet be contained.
Wendy's acknowledged in a statement that the breach is now expected to be
"considerably higher than the 300 restaurants already implicated." Company
spokesman Bob Bertini declined to be more specific about the number of stores
involved, citing an ongoing investigation. Bertini also declined to say whether the company is confident that the breach has been contained.
"Wherever we are
finding it we've taken action," he said. "But we can't rule out that there
Bertini said part of the problem was that the breach happened in two waves
He said the outside forensics investigators that were assigned to the case by
the credit card associations initially found 300 locations that had malware on
the point-of-sale devices, but that the company's own investigators later
discovered a different strain of the malware at some locations.
declined to provide additional details about either of the malware strains found
in the intrusions.
The company also emphasized that all of the breached stores were franchised -
not company-run - entities.
Read Wendy's statement on the 'Unusual Credit Card Activity' here
Survey: Data Breaches
Send Customers Fleeing
The effects of the bad
publicity can be far-ranging: A study commissioned by Centrify found that
66% of adults in the US are at least somewhat likely to stop doing
business with a company that has suffered a cyber-breach.
That number is even higher in the UK, where 75% said they are somewhat
likely to stop doing business after a hack. And a fifth (21%) of US
consumers say they are very likely to stop transacting with a business that
has been hacked. The people most likely to take their business elsewhere
include those who have had their personal information compromised in a hack,
those who are tech savvy and those who are frequent online shoppers.
clearly points to the need for organizations to dramatically
bolster their security systems and do everything in their power to protect
consumer information and prevent a breach." infosecurity-magazine.com
Securing the IoT is the
Next Big Challenge
"The Internet of Things
(IoT) is our next big security challenge and I think it's the way we are
going to be colliding with the real world in interesting ways."
one big inter-connected system of systems with threats, attackers, effects;
the IoT is everything we’ve seen now, just turned up to 11 and in a way we
can't turn it off."
"Governments are going to get involved because
the risks are too great. When people start dying and property starts getting
destroyed, governments are going to have to do something."