Sunday, February 24, 2008

NGO Security Scenario #20 - Crazy on You

You're flying from Toronto to London, to catch a connecting flight to India. Mid way through the flight you hear a commotion across the aisle from your seat. Click the play button to see what happens next.

What do you do? Is the situation under control (what observations lead you to that conclusion)? How would you handle a similar situation if it occurred in your workplace? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

NGO Security Scenario #19 - Roadside Surprise

You are visiting a project in Afghanistan. Your truck is stopped by U.S. military forces who are in the process of clearing a landslide from the road. A soldier tells you it should be less than 15 minutes before the road is opened. You decide to wait. It's a warm day and you have the windows rolled down. Click the play button below to see what happens next.

What do you do? What threats did you possibly anticipate prior to the incident and what steps did you take to mitigate them when you stopped? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

NGO Security Scenario #18 - High Seas Horror

On July 19, 2006, the cruise liner Crown Pacific was sailing off the Florida coast. In calm waters with good weather, the ship suddenly rolled, tipping an estimated 15 degrees on its side. 240 people were injured during the incident.

Here is a security video footage from the ship's casino as the incident took place. This was not a common occurrence and the force generated by the roll is apparent.

Review the last video and comment on human behavior during an unexpected and potentially life-threatening crisis. Which passenger showed a high level of survival instinct? How did the majority of passengers react? What does the behavior of the passengers playing slot machines in the upper right corner of the video suggest? Have you ever been in a crisis situation where you've witnessed similar behavior as shown in the video? Share your thoughts and observations in the COMMENTS below.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

New TrueCrypt

There's a new version of TrueCrypt out - one of my favorite encryption programs for keeping computer data safe. New features in the 5.0 release include: a Mac version (finally), the ability to encrypt an entire Windows hard drive, and a graphical interface for the Linux version. If you're a TrueCrypt user, time to upgrade. If you're not, you should really check it out.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

NGO Security Scenario #17

You are working in an African country that is teetering on the brink of civil war. A peaceful anti-government protest turns violent and is the spark that's needed to ignite the country. Click the play button below to see what is happening in the streets.

What preparations did you make prior to the present situation? Based on the supplies your safe houses currently have, how long can staff hibernate? Landline and mobile phone services have been disrupted. How will hibernating staff members communicate? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.