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…
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
Here’s the son of two Christian workers in Sierra Leone who has launched an online bulletin board/forum on Security and Privacy in Missions. If you’re interested (and if you trust the privacy of the privacy forum? [grin]), register at…
If you had a Lookout, you would. If we thought the iPhone had no vulnerabilities, maybe we should peruse this article:
Well now there’s decent app to protect your iPhone called, appropriately enough, Lookout.
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.
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:
The story was reported by KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. It sounds legitimate enough. See the whole story at…
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.)
There 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
8Now 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…
And look for it on iPhones by searching for “Travel Secure” and the Morton logo.
We 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,
So 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:
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…
(Thanks for pointing me to the mobileadvance.org resources, Greg!)
If you’re looking for secure, affordable emergency communications devices/applications, some have found them at Morton Security Solutions. MSS offers a multilayer redundant approach to emergency communications and people tracking, using satellite and cellular networks. MSS has two apps that you can download on your iPhone, Blackberry or Android, consisting of an SOS app and a Check In app that allows MSS to securely track its customers. Both apps are highly encrypted and MSS does not broadcast any personal information, using ID numbers instead. They also offer Satellite GPS rentals of SPOT and Delorme as well as Iridium Extreme Sat phones. Go to
to find out more or call them at 1-855-572-3156. Their site looks like it’s geared for commercial organizations, but there is a reason for that and we all know what it is. According to its founders, this organization is dedicated to serving you.
If you’re using Gmail or the equivalent (seems like almost everyone has switched), you’re probably good to go. Many vendors (like Gmail) are fairly secure now, if you’re logging on to their server (and you trust their staff). Look for the “padlock” or “https” address in your browser’s URL web address box. We previously recommended Hushmail — and while it’s still a great option, in spite of a few recent interface polishes, Hushmail is looking a bit old-fashioned compared to Gmail. And Gmail seems always to stay ahead on the secure online storage offered for free — remind me again why we’re paying for Hushmail? :-)
For my own purposes, I refuse to switch to a web-based email solution like Gmail as my primary email client because I want to be able to even when I can’t find a source for Internet. I realize I’m probably in the minority these days, but for my life, it still makes sense. If yours is similar, make sure you’re logging on to a secure email server. Check yours and take the necessary action. Or surround your entire computer with a secure “wall” by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). StrongVPN
are both great solutions. StrongVPN seems to have better customer service. Not only will a VPN keep prying eyes from seeing your internet (as it leaves your computer all the way to your VPN-provider’s server), but it will also likewise secure your web-browsing as well. Find out where your VPN is based (for example, Sweden or Vancouver). If a secure route out of your sensitive field is all you need to “get into the clear,” then you’re golden. If you need end-to-end encryption with your home or office, look for a tech that can hook you up with a home-brewed VPN. Be prepared to manage the extra technical needs. As with everything else, sort all this out before you board the plane.
If you’re working in a sensitive location and/or you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, talk to vendors like…
The cost will likely be prohibitive for many of us… unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)
Why? With a satphone, you have the ultimate “high ground.” If the bottom drops out of the government and cellphones become useless, satphones still deliver.
Why might you not want to rent a satphone?
*** Some have ventured a guess that it raises one’s profile with immigration and customs officials (to my knowledge, this is totally undocumented, by the way). They might think of you as “C.I.A.” or, just as bad, a drug runner.
*** Satphones are expensive. Phone rental might be $8-15/day. Airtime will likely run another $1/minute, even with the newest plans (such as those from “Spot”). Incoming calls are free, along with text messages. But it’s usually the outgoing text or call that means the most (e.g., “We landed and we’re fine.”) (Note: there are now other, less expensive solutions for this purpose. See SpotMessenger, for example.)
*** Satphones have to “see sky” to function well. This can be unhandy in winter climates or in sensitive situations.
Remember, “Half a sky” won’t do. (You can’t call from indoors or in a car unless you install an external antenna.) Costs will run somewhere in the $6-12/day, depending on the unit you choose… and throughput charges are extra. Plan on $6/megbyte. For perspective, your 10 mega-pixel camera probably captures a 5-megabyte image. Ouch. Expensive. Use a SpotMessenger-type beacon if it will get you by.
I’m so tired of terrorism. I remember early on, hearing George Bush say, “We won’t quit until we defeat terrorism.” I would hear him say that and I wanted to believe him, but I remember thinking, “How does that work? Because — these guys are basically stateless. If you destroy one cell, won’t there just be 5 more rise up to take its place?” Here we are, more than 10 years later, asking the same questions. Does anyone out there know how we can truly stop terrorism? I mean end it for all time?
Suppose you advise your church or agency on global terrorism, security, emergency response procedures and more. What websites do you frequent? Where do you get the lowdown on events like… demonstrations in Bulgaria, or the impact in France on French intervention in Mali? We’re not looking for the ones that are so secret that, if you told us, you’d have to kill us. :-) We’re just hoping you’ll share the ones that are already public on the web anyway. :-) Please make a comment on the web version of this post, using the link below.
Last week, I traveled through Haiti with a new friend who happens to be a law enforcement officer. It had been a while since I traveled with anyone quite so aware and in touch. When I commented to him about it, he explained a “threat level awareness color” system that they had taught him at his police academy. You can see a very similar presentation at…
As you can see, the principle behind the color metaphor is that we don’t want to walk around at condition “black” unnecessarily. We’d eventually burn out. But the implication is that we probably SHOULD consider perking up to condition “yellow” a lot more often than we do.
As I watched my friend at work, I realized that I had probably been very lucky in my life (maybe guarded by angels? … and, certainly, the recipient of a lot of prayer). I determined to learn from his example and open my eyes and scan my horizon a lot more often than I ever had before.
As you’ve traveled cross-culturally, have you experienced “condition orange” circumstances? If so, without revealing any sensitive information (feel free to speak anonymously), can you tell us how you reacted, what came down, and what you learned? Just use the comment box following the web version of this item at Brigada.org. Thanks for sharing