Twenty-eight years ago, I began my career as a hotel night security guard at the SAS Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, Norway.  The hotel was part of the SAS International Hotel chain of nearly 25 hotels, all located in Nordic countries, except for one in Kuwait. Today, I work for the ...

Recent security incidents around the world have business and recreational travelers paying more attention to personal security risks.  The concept of greater situational awareness continues to come up as a way to mitigate risks.  Unfortunately, few people understand what “situational awareness” means and how to improve this skill.   Situational ...

Most national security and intelligence professionals believe the recent terror attacks in Paris were a game changing and defining moment in the world’s war on terror.  Madrid, London, and Mumbai, as well as the recent Metrojet and Beirut bombings were all horrific, but Paris was different.  The attack on a ...

The recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have left the global community shaken. What made these attacks particularly terrifying is that the terrorists struck people when they were going about their daily lives—and having fun. These types of locations, where people gather with little security, are considered “soft ...

Chief Security Officer for Hyatt Hotels, Inc., Mark Sanna, discussed with The Cipher Brief how Hyatt secures their hotels around the world, how they respond in an event of an attack, and how the hotel industry works together to promote the safety of their guests. Sanna believes this sharing of ...