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EDC Spotlight: Tom and Eisner

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Apr 6, 2015 3:48:56 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!

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Topics: explosive detection canine, msa security, bomb dog, edc spotlight

Alert: NYC Building Explosion

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Mar 26, 2015 4:54:00 PM

A mixed occupancy building at 125 Second Avenue has collapsed and is engulfed in flames. It is reportedly a mass casualty incident. It is unclear whether the gas explosion or collapse was the initial cause of the accident. Streets and public transportation in the area have been shut down. Emergency workers are on the scene, which is now being classified as a five alarm fire. 

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Topics: msa intel alert, Explosion

EDC Spotlight: Fran and Tasha

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Mar 16, 2015 9:25:00 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!

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Topics: explosive detection canine, msa security, bomb dog, edc spotlight

EDC Spotlight: Vinnie and Cindy

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Feb 23, 2015 10:10:32 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!

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Topics: explosive detection canine, msa security, bomb dog, edc spotlight

MSA Intel Alert: Copenhagen Shootings

Posted by Lori Hickey on Feb 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM

On Saturday, February 14, gunman Omar el-Hussein opened fire at three separate locations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two victims were killed and five police officers injured over the course of the attacks. The first attack occurred at the Krudttonden cultural center, which was hosting a seminar on free speech, blasphemy and art. The event was attended by Lars Vilks, a controversial Swedish cartoonist who had published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad, as well as the French Ambassador. Unable to gain entry into the event, Hussein opened fire outside the perimeter of the building, firing shots through the windows before fleeing the scene. The second attack occurred later in the day at a synagogue on Crystal Street in central Copenhagen. Police then traced Hussein to the city’s Norrebro district, where he engaged in a shootout, and was fatally shot by police. Two men accused of helping to hide Hussein and dispose of the weapon have also been detained.

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Topics: Active Shooter, msa intel alert, omar el-hussein, copenhagen

EDC Spotlight: Jaime and Amber

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Feb 9, 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!

Jaime and Amber are one of MSA’s West Coast EDC teams. Based in San Diego, they came on board in 2014 when MSA acquired the West Coast Company, Pacific Shield. The team works part time from San Diego, flying or driving to sites throughout the South West. They regularly patrol large stadiums and sporting venues, as well as concerts and air cargo hubs.

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Topics: explosive detection canine, bomb dog, edc, msa west coast

ATM Skimming: What You Should Know

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Feb 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM


ATM "skimming” is an illegal activity that results in millions of dollars of theft annually from unsuspecting card holders worldwide. It is a two phase process in which criminals steal information from an ATM card’s magnetic strip and the associated Personal Identification (PIN) number. Though it is a common crime, a card holder who is aware of this danger and knows what signs to look for can protect himself and his wallet.

ATM skimming occurs when a criminal installs an undetectable device into a card reader at a machine or a bank vestibule entry point. This device records the card holder’s bank account data. Criminals create this device themselves. It is made out of plastic and looks similar to the original ATM card reader. It is often undetectable, but may be improperly affixed and/or visibly loose.
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Topics: Fraud, Bank Fraud

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

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