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Security at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted by Alison Glazer on Nov 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition since 1924, is scheduled to take place this Thursday, November 26th, in New York City. On the eve of the parade, the traditional public inflation of the floats will take place from 3pm – 10pm. “Inflation Eve” is an event in itself, attracting upwards of 50,000 people. The parade, beginning at 9am the following morning, runs a total of 2.65 miles and attracts about 3.5 million spectators every year.

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Topics: Security, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Tips for Cyber Monday Shopping

Posted by Qin Chen on Nov 24, 2015 2:05:03 PM

On Black Friday everyone has their wallets open for all the big savings. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday is just around the corner. When hunting for all those deals online, be wary of all the ads that you see from these third party savings sites. Be extra careful when clicking links from Black Friday saving sites, and/or email ads. Let’s all take the extra steps to get the gifts you want, and not for the gifts others get from your identity and money. These are the things that you should pay extra attention before you click on sign in or even put your shipping address in:

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Topics: cyber security, cyber monday

Interdiction of Terrorist Planning and Surveillance

Posted by Stephenie Clark on Nov 17, 2015 3:17:15 PM

Counter-terrorism experts have studied the 7 steps terrorists take in their attack planning cycle for many years. They include: Broad Target Selection, Intelligence and Surveillance, Specific Target Selection, Pre-Attack Surveillance and Planning, Attack Rehearsal, Action on the Objective, and Escape and Exploitations. Historically, these steps were completed in meticulous detail and took years of planning prior to the attacks. With regard to the September 11th attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, principal architect, first presented the idea of using planes in an attack in 1996. The Hamburg cell was chosen in 1998 and they began to arrive in America at the start of 2000.

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Topics: terrorism, terrorist planning

Paris Attacks: Update

Posted by MSA Intel on Nov 15, 2015 6:08:00 PM

Authorities have released additional information on Friday night's terror attacks in Paris that left 129 dead and over 350 wounded. Authorities now believe that the attack was carried out by three synchronized teams who targeted six local icons across Paris, including the State de France soccer stadium, Baraclan Theater and two restaurants.

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Topics: Paris, TATP, Paris Attacks

Paris Attacks and Implications

Posted by MSA Intel on Nov 14, 2015 4:27:30 PM

At least 127 people were killed in a series of terror attacks across Paris late last night. At least 200 others were injured, 80 of them seriously. There were reportedly six coordinated attacks across the city. The first attack occurred at 9:20pm outside the Stade de France stadium, where the France and Germany national teams were playing a soccer match. Police stated that there were two suicide attacks and one bombing outside the stadium. French President Francois Hollande was in attendance, and was immediately evacuated after the blasts. Shortly after the blasts, gunmen attacked Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge, two restaurants in the 10th arrondissement, killing at least 14. At around the same time, there was a shooting at a bar called La Belle Equipe on Rue de Charon, a shooting on Avenue de la Republique and a suicide bombing at a café called Comptoir Voltaire on Boulevard Voltaire. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire in the Bataclan Theater and took around 100 people hostage. An American band, the Eagles of Death Metal, was playing a concert at the time of the attack. Reports stated that the assailants shouted, “Allah Akbar” (God is great) and “We’re stronger than the French.” At 12:30am, French police stormed the theater and killed at least three attackers. Reports indicated that the assailants were throwing grenades at the hostages as police stormed the building. Police stated that at least 100 people were killed inside the theater. Police later stated that the eight militants believed to be behind the attacks were dead, seven of them killed in suicide bombings. In response to the attacks, Hollande declared a state of emergency in Paris, closed France’s borders and deployed 1,500 French soldiers to bolster security in Paris.

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Topics: Paris, Paris Attacks

MSA Security Thanks our Military Veterans

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Nov 11, 2015 11:54:29 AM

At MSA Security, Veteran’s day is not just another holiday. MSA was founded and built from the ground up by retired law enforcement officers and military veterans. Their expertise and dedication make our company what it is. From our field employee to senior management, they are the core of MSA.

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Topics: veteran, veterans day

EDC Spotlight: Daniel and Riley

Posted by Alison Glazer on Nov 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Daniel Palazzo currently works with MSA as an Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) handler, bringing with him three years of military experience. After being commissioned out of ROTC at Niagara University, Daniel joined the National Guard where he was an Engineer and Lieutenant. He also served as a platoon leader, where he trained with IED threats and route clearance. Still, Daniel says he “always wanted to work with a dog,” a desire that led him to MSA.

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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, edc spotlight

Movie Theaters are Adding Security Measures in the Wake of Active Shooter Incidents

Posted by Matthew Dimmick on Nov 6, 2015 2:23:20 PM

National Amusements Inc. which owns 31 theaters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Ohio has implemented additional security measures in response to the movie theater attack in Antioch, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 5th. In this attack, a 29 year old reportedly paranoid schizophrenic man, named Vincente Montano walked into a movie theater with two backpacks containing a variety of weapons. Included in his arsenal were two cans of pepper spray, a hatchet, a pellet gun, lighter fluid and a propane tank. Montano was shot dead by a police SWAT team to conclude the incident; but, not before he was able to release pepper spray and use his hatchet to injure a movie goer.

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Topics: Active Shooter, movie theater shooting, active shooter situations

ASIS Pittsburg Tradeshow: November 5th

Posted by Catherine Savoia on Nov 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Pittsburg Chapter will be holding a Vendor Expo and Education Seminar in an effort to “promote the long term partnership that exists between private sector end users and the numerous products and service providers throughout the Pittsburg region.” The event will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Sheraton Station Square.

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Topics: explosive detection canine, SmartTech, ASIS Pittsburgh, ASIS

Ronnie Richards Memorial Marathon Run

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Oct 27, 2015 1:30:00 PM

MSA would like to acknowledge and honor hero Ronnie Richards, who sadly lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma on October 10th, 2015. Ronnie joined the NYPD in 1990 and was assigned to the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn. He subsequently served as a member of the Emergency Services Unit #5 and was a first responder on September 11. He worked tirelessly on rescue and recovery efforts in the weeks and months following the attacks. Ronnie was subsequently transferred to the Bomb Squad where he was promoted to Detective, and then Detective 2nd grade.

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Topics: nypd, Ronnie Richards


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