7 Steps to Changing Security Culture

ADVERSARIAL THINKING Step one is knowing what it is we are securing against. You might be surprised how many security personnel are not familiar with the security mission of the place or people they are meant to protect. Understanding the threat begins with...

Proactive School Security – Online

Chameleon Associates has worked with dozens of schools over the past few years, helping them make their campuses safer. In the course of our security consulting, one thing came up again and again: faculty and administrative staff were unclear as to how to identify and...

What risks are you not willing to take?

Many clients have asked me to evaluate their risk exposure to a terrorist attack or extreme violent act against their organization. They want to know if the risk is high or low. My honest answer to all my clients is “I don’t know.”   The decisions made by...

Is Broken Window Theory, Broken?

The “Broken Window Theory” is a criminological theory developed and introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982. It states that environmental conditions influence the behaviors of criminals to perpetrate or refrain from criminal...

Training Hired Guns

A recent CNN report entitled Hired Guns has been getting a lot of attention.  In a nutshell, the reporters highlight the lack of training and oversight of armed security officers in the United States.  They write, for example, that in 15 states, officers with no...