Security

8) Missio Nexus to Sponsor 24-hour Event: "Risk Decision Making"

If you’re a leader and you’ve wondered how you’ll make decisions regarding risk analysis and crisis preparedness, this workshop is for you. The 24-hour gathering will examine in-depth the issues and challenges in the emotional, psychological, relational, and spiritual preparation all staff need when facing global conflict. They’ll help you grapple with questions like, “How do we get all staff, not just “security” staff, to be more effective decision-makers in risk?

How do leaders apply risk assessment theory and know what to do to improve individual, team, and organizational decision making in cross-cultural risk? How do we assess staff in risk and what biases may be operating in their decision making? When facing overwhelming uncertainty, how do we know when we have enough information?” If these questions sound interesting, run, don’t walk, to …

 

missionexus.org/events/#!event/2019/5/1/24-risk-decision-making-for-leaders

 

to learn more and sign up for this May 9-10 event in Minneapolis.

2) Field Worker Security and Crisis Management Training

Crisis Consulting International (CCI) is offering field security training for Great Commission workers who travel, live or operate in higher risk environments, and crisis management training for faith-based organizational leaders to be prepared to manage crisis events that impact their Great Commission work. Both of these sessions will help individuals and organizations be better stewards of their workers.

 

www.cricon.org/2018/fss_2019_06

 

www.cricon.org/2018/cms_2019_07

6) Get a Free Copy of Global Guardian’s Worldwide Threat Assessment

Every other year, Global Guardian assembles an overview of global security developments. Obviously, in a fast-changing world like the one in which we live, real-time threat evaluations will always be more advantageous. But sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to back away and read the big picture. Catch the July 2018 big picture here:

 

www.globalguardian.com/Portals/0/Global%20Guardian%20-%20Worldwide%20Threat%20Assessment%20-%202018.pdf?timestamp=1533056120060

 

(Thanks Jim!)

7) What To Do When You Live in the Places "Most Likely for Kidnapping?"

Perhaps you saw the CNN piece on the State Department’s warning on the 35 nations in which Americans should be wary of kidnapping risks. (Hint: The most likely nations were Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine (in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine), Venezuela, and Yemen.

Basically, they’re the countries in which you’re probably working.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/10/politics/state-department-travel-advisory-kidnapping-risk

So what do you do? Hunker down, hoping to stay out of crossfires? Hire a security team with lots of black SUVs to follow you around? Do most of your outreach via Facebook? Those are all options. How have YOU settled the risks in YOUR part of the world? What’s YOUR level of discomfort? What makes YOUR level of discomfort too high for its own good? Click comment and share, but please feel free to speak confidentially and feel free to refer to your location only in generalities, if you prefer. (And thanks to Justin for pointing us to this article!)

9) Get B+ High Security Training, May 6-9, San Diego CA

Prepare yourself for living in or visiting places of high risk. Learn how to maintain security for yourself and others when being interrogated, how to avoid or survive kidnapping, and small things you can do to make a big difference in your level of risk. Register at

 

www.surveymonkey.com/r/SecurityMay19

 

For more info contact

infoatinterculturalStudiodotorg  (infoatinterculturalStudiodotorg)  

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.

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