Security

4) Prepare Your Church Security Team for All Kinds of Scenarios

If you’ve wondered how to help your security guys get ready for the worst, here’s your chance. The International Disaster & Emergency Service (IDES) will be partnering with the Bible Christian Church in Arkansas City, KS, to offer disaster preparedness training on Saturday, March 9th, 8am to 5pm. If you’re interested, RSVP by March 2nd to

bccatbiblechristianchurchdotorg  (bccatbiblechristianchurchdotorg)  

 

The event is free but a freewill offering will be received.

1) High Security Training, Provided by Fort Sherman Academy

Is interrogation or kidnapping a real concern in your area of the world? This training is designed to help you avoid it, or get through it without compromising your integrity or the safety of others. The dates are May 6-8, 2019, 9am-5pm, and the training will take place in San Diego for just $650. For more information write…

infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg  (infoatinterculturalstudiodotorg)  

 

To register, click to…

 

www.surveymonkey.com/r/SecurityMay19

 

Better act quickly though. They’ll close registrations soon.

 

10) We Have the Admit: Signal is Better (at Secure Communication)

OK. Uncle. (Maybe “Man from Uncle,” in fact.) We’re ready to admit — Signal feels like a better solution for secure communication. And based on the claims we see at…

 

www.signal.org/

 

and the reviews at locations like…

 

lifehacker.com/secure-messaging-app-showdown-whatsapp-vs-signal-1794684943

 

Of course, that review is a couple of years old. The newest reviews have gotten even better for Signal, especially the MOST recent reviews, which are concerned about what’s up with WhatsApp, now that Facebook owns it and is planning to integrate it with (what????) Instagram?

 

We’re putting our money on Signal, for the moment.

 

11) WhatsApp Transition is Still Filled With Questions

As of now, a lot is still up in the air about Facebook’s decision to merge WhatsApp with Messenger and (of all things) Instagram. Our earlier item mustered several insightful comments. See those at…

 

www.brigada.org/2019/01/27_25705

 

One Brigada participant tried to speak my language with his anonymous comment. “There’s a lot of information that’s missing overall.  Because WhatsApp was phone number based, I was always skittish about it to begin with. The purchase by Facebook didn’t help. This isn’t THE nail in the coffin, but it sure seems to be attaching another side panel at the least. IF they actually do bring true end-to-end encryption, and not end-to-server encryption or some other such word twist, to the other platforms then that is somewhat hopeful news. However, I have a feeling that there will be a good amount of meta-data leakage in whatever they create. From what I understand, most find that it’s connections, not the content, that is of the most value. Those connections, the meta-data, are things like who’s talking to whom and what are the relationships that are in common between the groups.  Having the phone number is a valuable piece of meta-data. [And here’s the part in which he started talking my language. : ) ] Being able to say that this phone number likes M&Ms and talks to this phone number who likes M&Ms, and all these M&M lovers like to watch Jack Bauer, so these phone numbers will probably like Jack Bauer, is essentially marketing gold. Now replace M&Ms with a street drug and “like Jack Bauer” with “have a police record”. Take it a step further with your imagination regarding a Police State….” I get his drift. I’ll leave his name out of this discussion (because, as you can see, he’s security conscious, but the truth is — he’s spot-on. Time will tell. Either way, with all of the security lapses of which Facebook was accused over the past year, can we really believe they’ll pull off this kind of confusing merger and make it secure? That’s the question.

12) Appreciate WhatsApp’s Security? Enjoy it While You Can

Turns out WhatsApp might have sold its soul to the devil. Imagine a day that you write someone on WhatsApp, only to discover that the recipient is reading it on a Facebook Messenger site. It might not be that far into the dismal future. Note that, for now, WhatsApp does have end-to-end encryption. But as this article points out, Instagram does not — nor does it seem to be in the cards. And with Facebook, the user would have to activate (turn on a switch) for privacy. What percentage will remember to do that? Either way, if you ask us, WhatsApp was good while it lasted.

 

www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/01/27/how-whatsapp-merger-with-facebook-messenger-puts-your-privacy-at-risk/#69d7e2644e57

 

It’s time to take stock of WhatsApp.

Follow-up on Secure (on Not) Email

A few weeks ago, we asked which is the most secure email. See the original item here…

http://www.brigada.org/2017/08/27_21025

One reader felt that Hushmail was no longer any more secure than the rest of the pack. Is that your understanding? If so, what are our options these days? One reader, Ed, mentioned he was using an encryption tool with Gmail. But I would think that slows down the very reading/composing/sending process that has helped make Gmail so popular. Another reader felt we had been a bit biased when we used the phrase “made a deal with the devil.” If you felt the same, please forgive. We just wish/hope that some company can create truly secure communication. Do you know of one?

9) Morton Security Solutions is ready to Evaluate, Educate and Empower

Looking for a security assessment in your field or in your church? Morton Security Solutions specializes in providing commercial and non-profit organizations with the resources necessary to avoid crisis situations. They facilitate safe international travel by helping you understand global threat situations, along with how to mitigate the risks associated with them. Learn more at…

http://www.mortonsecure.com/

1) Security Seminar for Faith Based Organizations

This is your last chance to sign up for the upcoming Travel Security Seminar by Morton Security Solutions in Northern California, before it
kicks off on October 16, 2015. If you are interested in realistic and relevant safety and security training for short term and long term missions, then you should attend this seminar. Speakers include Scott Brawner the founder and director of Concilium and appointed founder of the faith-based working group at the State Department as well as Morton’s team of trained security and intelligence professionals. Experience realistic scenario based training in the field (that don’t always end in kidnapping, i.e. realistic) and empower yourself and your organization to deal with a variety of crisis situations as they arise. Seats are filling up fast and there is a deadline of September 1st. For more info go to

http://www.mortonsecure.com/#!thars/c72c.

4) What if Someone Attacked your iPhone? Would you Know it?

lookout-for-iphoneIf you had a Lookout, you would. If we thought the iPhone had no vulnerabilities, maybe we should peruse this article:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/iphones-most-vulnerable-among-smartphones/

Well now there’s decent app to protect your iPhone called, appropriately enough, Lookout.

https://www.lookout.com/iphone

It has a process monitor which automatically checks running apps for malicious processes. It has built-in theft protection, sending “theft alerts” and issuing a “Signal Flare” feature that saves your last location, thereby helping you find it even when your battery is dead. It will even post a “lost message” on your phone’s screen to help you get your device back. Well worth considering.

5) Morton Security Solutions is launching a new Travel Risk Management Portal (TRM Portal)

Morton Security Solutions is launching a new Travel Risk Management Portal (TRM Portal), giving your organization as a whole, the ability to educate, prepare and monitor your personnel, anywhere they operate. They have identified three key things that you need in order to maintain organization continuity and fulfill your stewardship obligations to your personnel and volunteers. They are; Provide Situational Awareness (Information), Maintain Accountability and Provide Rapid Response Capabilities. They now offer you these capabilities through enterprise solutions, tailored to fit your organizations specific mission and goals. Through the TRM Portal, you are able to create profiles for your personnel, upload itineraries and receive specific risk assessments and risk mitigation recommendations from expert intelligence and crisis management analysts. This is a great tool for providing peace of mind to volunteers and personnel who are apprehensive about traveling (or allowing their children to travel), in an increasingly chaotic world. It also provides enhanced liability coverage for non-profit organizations. Check out their short tutorial video:

Contact Morton Security Solutions to find out how you can enroll your church or international outreach program and receive 35% off the enrollment fee:

http://www.mortonsecure.com/#!services/aboutPage

11) Muslim Convert Reportedly Sues Tulsa Church

muslim syriaThe story was reported by KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. It sounds legitimate enough. See the whole story at…

http://www.okcfox.com/story/25771509/muslim-convert-sues-tulsa-church-after-being-tortured-for-beliefs#.U5uU2vKYSeY.twitter

I suppose this should give pause to anyone become lax about security and sensitivity to the Muslim world. Gulp. (Thanks for putting us in touch with the sobering story, Caleb. Travel safely.)

1) Critical Information for Travelers

morton secureThere is now a free app called Travel Secure by Morton Security Solutions, that gives travelers up to date information on areas of travel, travel alerts and security resources that can be very helpful in avoiding and responding to all types of crises while trekking and working around the world. The app is available on Google Play for Android users and will be available on the Apple Store for iPhones, within the next few weeks. The app pulls feeds from local and global news, government travel alerts and intelligence collected by Morton Security Solutions, providing you with multiple sources of information, critical to operating effectively in a foreign country. Download it here

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appmachine.p5421JJ

It’s Free!!

5) Travel Secure App by Morton

morton secure8Now you can download a travel secure app by Morton Security Solutions. Use this app to receive security alerts, research an area and reach out for help from a security professional at MSS. Morton Security Solutions provides crisis management program development, secure travel services, international communications capabilities and training programs. Their services are tailored to your specific organization or church, as well as your strategic goals. They want to enable you to continue to be effective and safe, regardless of where you operate. Find it in the Google Store at…

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appmachine.p5421JJ

And look for it on iPhones by searching for “Travel Secure” and the Morton logo.

6) What Are You Really Made Of? (Security Training) —

securityWe all know that there are dangers associated with Missions, one of the greatest being the inability to make the right decisions under extreme pressure. Morton Security Solutions is offering Field Training for Faith Based Organizations through their Leadership Development Course in Tucson, AZ, on June 27th and 28th. This is a two-day training consisting of classroom instruction, tabletop exercises and hands on scenario based training. All of the scenarios are relevant and aimed at making prepared leaders and good stewards. All of their instructors are prior or current Special Forces Operators, Military Intelligence Officers, Customs and Border Agents and other Federal Law Enforcement Officers. They are all very professional, well-educated and dedicated to His word. They are taking 25 students for the June course. Sign up before June 1, 2014,

http://www.mortonsecure.com/#!field-training/cbwp

11) How to Protect your SmartPhone from Prying Eyes —

pryingeyesSo you work in a sensitive land and you’ve secured your laptop with encryption, a VPN, and secure email. But what about your phone? Because now you’ve got apps, pictures, and lots of SMS messages. Well here’s an option:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nq-vault-hide-private-pictures/id513852898?mt=8

NQ Vault comes highly recommended by the folks at MobileAdvance.org (part of the Christian computing group that assists cross-cultural workers). Using this app, you should be able to keep most anything from prying eyes. Give us your feedback here after installing please. Android users can try the same app at…

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netqin.ps&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5uZXRxaW4ucHMiXQ..

(Thanks for pointing me to the mobileadvance.org resources, Greg!)

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