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Tom Meehan, CFI

Tom Meehan, CFI

Tom Meehan, CFI, is the chief strategy officer and chief information security officer for CONTROLTEK. Previously, Meehan was director of technology and investigations with Bloomingdale’s, where he was responsible for physical security, internal investigations, systems and data analytics. He currently serves as the chair of the Loss Prevention Research Council's (LPRC) innovations working group. Prior to his 13-year tenure at Bloomingdale's, Meehan worked for Home Depot in loss prevention and has had various technology, loss prevention, and operational roles at several other companies.

Articles by Tom Meehan, CFI

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When Ordinary Things Get Smart

A ton of great smart tech was on display at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in January, from wearables to the Internet of Things (IOT). My team was invited to a small get-together. I noticed several people had sharp-looking ski jackets. As a trained investigator, I knew there was

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Read the Fine Print

In my last article, we reviewed what social media is, how it is commonly used in retail, and the basics of how it works from a technology standpoint. This time, we will cover recent events surrounding privacy, live monitoring, and live video related to criminal activity.
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Social Media Monitoring: How Does It Work?

In this article, I will cover how social media monitoring works, the common use cases, and some of the myths and misconceptions. Let’s start by defining social media and social media monitoring.

What is social media? Social media is content found on the Internet allowing creation and sharing of information, content,

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Going Beyond the Gut: Fact-Based Research

Imagine starting your day off receiving budget approval for new loss prevention equipment to protect your high-shrink departments in ten different stores. You are thinking of unrolling this technology to other departments based on the performance in shortage reduction, but how do you measure it? Do you measure the stores

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Bridging the Gap between Cyber Crime and ORC

Cybercrime and organized retail crime (ORC) are words we hear on a daily basis. Let’s talk about how they’re related and how they’re different. ORC is very difficult to define because it falls under many different definitions depending on where you are reading it. For the purpose of this discussion,

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LP Associates of the Future

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) Future of LP Working Group looks to the horizon for loss prevention issues that are sure to plague the industry in the near and long-term future. Collaborating with other retailers, as well as relying on the research produced by the LPRC, we as asset

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What Is Big Data?

Big data is a very large amount of complex data that can be structured, semi-structured, and unstructured. This can be a collection of traditional data sources, digital data sources from both inside and outside of your organization, social media, or public records, just to name a few. The reality is