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MSA Security's Fan Guide to Super Bowl XLIX!

Posted by Lori Hickey on Jan 31, 2015 12:22:50 PM


The Super Bowl is the single largest sporting event in the United States. This year, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium has a capacity of 63,400 people, however the game is expected to draw a larger crowd of 100,000+ people, including tailgaters. 

With that in mind, MSA has compiled a list of policies, guidelines, and helpful suggestions for fans attending or tailgating at the event. For live updates during the Super Bowl, follow us on twitter at the handle @MSASecurity or through our hashtag, #MSASuperBowlXLIX.
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Topics: super bowl security, Super Bowl XLIX, Fan Guide

Rebel Attack Caused Pakistan Blackout

Posted by Matthew R. Dimmick on Jan 30, 2015 3:10:28 PM


This past Saturday, January 24th, a nationwide blackout occurred in Pakistan. The blackout began just before midnight when two transmission pylons, in Naseerabad, Baluchistan province, were destroyed. As reported by the Express Tribune, this failure cascaded through the system, “tripping the 500 kVA national transmission line and forcing a number of power stations offline.” Pakistan’s Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, apologized for the outage and blamed separatist rebels in Baluchistan for the attack.

The outage shut off the lights in the capital city, Islamabad, and impacted over 140 million people, approximately 80% of the country’s population. Power was restored in certain regions within several hours, and according to a spokesman for the national power company, electricity has since been restored in all parts of the country. According to a senior official at the Ministry for Water and Power, separatists had also attacked the grid on two separate occasions earlier in the month, though in these instances, resiliency measures were effective in preventing a broad system failure. The incident is particularly concerning due to Baluchistan’s proximity to the Iranian border. It brings attention to the weaknesses of nuclear armed Pakistan’s critical infrastructure and its vulnerability to small surgical strikes.

Karachi, Pakistan
Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Pakistan’s lack of investment in infrastructure and physical protections for transmission substations was a contributing factor in the shutdown, and is concerning. Lack of investment is due, in part, to regulated energy prices and limited funds. Though companies have increased their energy generation capacity to help cope with regulated prices, they have not been able to generate sufficient profits for necessary investments in  transmission systems improvements.

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Topics: Pakistan Blackout, Power Grid Attack, NERC CIP 0014-1, Substation, Utilities Security Requirements

Super Bowl XLIX Security

Posted by Lori Hickey on Jan 30, 2015 2:07:00 PM


NBCImage Credit: NBC

Sunday, February 1st, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLIX. The game will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The annual event has already garnered the attention of the entire country. By now, throughout the US, office pools have been established, parties have been scheduled, and large quantities of wings have been purchased. Meanwhile, in Arizona, security has been geared up for the big day.
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Topics: msa security, Super Bowl XLIX

Winter Storm Juno

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jan 27, 2015 8:57:00 AM


Winter Storm “Juno” is underway and has been extremely severe in many parts of the tri-state area.  Beginning on Monday morning and continuing through the early hours of Wednesday, the storm is expected to blanket the tri-state area in over 2 feet of snow. Though the storm appears to have slowed or stopped in many regions, snow bands continue to move across the area, and residents are urged to remain cautious. A state of emergency has been declared in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Travel bans were established in all 3 states as of 11pm Monday; all bans have been lifted with the exception of Suffolk County, NY and Connecticut. Newark and JFK Airports are scheduled to remain open on Tuesday, but with minimal flight activity. LaGuardia Airport is closed on Tuesday.
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Topics: winter weather

EDC Spotlight: Steve and Sarge

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jan 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!

Steve and Sarge are another new MSA EDC team. They have been working together for six months and regularly patrol the United Nations (UN) Secretariat and associated buildings. They have also been deployed throughout the city to sites such as the Staten Island Ferry, the US District Court, and the set of a locally filmed television show. 
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Topics: Explosive Detection, explosive detection canine, bomb dog, edc

MSA Intel Alert: Armed Attack on French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Posted by Lori Hickey on Jan 7, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Multiple, heavily armed gunmen attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring seven. The operatives, who were masked, dressed in black and carrying AK-47 rifles and shotguns, reportedly forced their way into the building after exchanging shots with police in the street. They then opened fire during the magazine’s daily editorial meeting. Among those seemingly targeted were four of the magazine’s best-known cartoonists, including the editor-in-chief Stephanie Charbonnier, who had previously received death threats and was under police protection.
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Topics: msa intel alert, Charlie Hebdo, France

EDC Team Spotlight: Rina and Victory

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Dec 29, 2014 10:54:02 AM

MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!

Rina and Victory are a new addition to MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine Program. They joined MSA in April of 2014, completing the training program in Windsor, together for the first time. They are currently stationed at the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Staten Island Ferry. They also work special events on occasion, and were stationed at the Stanley Cup this past year.

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Topics: Explosive Detection, explosive detection canine, Explosive Screening, Explosives, bomb dog, MSA Explosives Incident Analysis, edc

The Night Before Christmas

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Dec 24, 2014 11:25:46 AM

'Twas the Night before Christmas
and here at MSA
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Topics: holiday, christmas

EDC Team Spotlight: Tommy and Maxine

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Dec 15, 2014 4:39:00 PM

MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!

Today, from MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine department, we bring you Tommy and Maxine. Tommy and Maxine have been working hard to keep MSA’s clients safe for over 4 years. They currently work at 4 different sites in the New York City area, screening visitors and packages for explosives. Tommy has been working as a handler for MSA for 5 years. Prior to joining the MSA team, Tommy was an NYPD officer for 21 years. He retired as a detective, working with the District Attorney’s squad for his final assignment.
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Topics: Explosive Device, explosive detection canine, Explosive Screening, Bomb, Explosives, canine care, bomb dog, event security

MSA Intel Alert: AQAP Hostage Killed During US Rescue Mission

Posted by Lori Hickey on Dec 6, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Luke Somers, the American freelance photographer kidnapped by al Qaeda militants in Sana’a, Yemen in 2013, was killed yesterday during a U.S. special operations rescue mission inside the country. The mission was conducted after Yemen’s national security chief received intelligence suggesting the militants planned to kill Somers imminently. Details are still emerging; however, U.S. forces reportedly reached Somers while he was still alive, yet badly injured. The operation, which also resulted in the deaths of ten militants, was carried out just days after al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video featuring Somers and threatening to kill him in three days if the group’s demands were not met. AQAP did not specify the demands during the recording. Additionally, Pierre Korkie, a South African hostage, was killed during the operation.

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Topics: AQAP, al Qaeda, Luke Somers

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