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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. He can be reached at tom.meehan [at] controltekusa (dot) com.
social media investigations

Internet Hoaxes and What They Teach Us about Using Social Media to Monitor Potential...

When the threat is not immediate, we can take our time to verify the information. For the dozens of news sources that covered the Momo challenge, if only one of them had taken a few minutes to fact check the threat, the hoax would not have become as widespread.

Cyber Security Starts with Physical Security

When you think of cyber security, what comes to mind? For most it's software, hackers, and computers in general. According to the FBI, "A...
Zebra Scan and Go tech at NRF Big Show 2019

4 Technology Trends Seen at the 2019 NRF Big Show

They don't call it the Big Show for nothing. There were over 38,000 people in attendance from all over the world to talk retail,...
Data Protection training

8 Cybersecurity Predictions for Retail in 2019 and Beyond

Managing cybersecurity risks while balancing the appropriate prevention will continue to play a major role throughout all sectors. The need to have advanced response plans to a cyber incident come to the forefront in 2019.

2019 Retail Predictions: From the Rebirth of Brick and Mortar to the Death of...

In 2018, retailers focused more on customer experience and innovation…and won. Here are some of my 2019 retail predictions.

Security Theater: Feeling Safe at the Airport Does Not Make You Safe

Feeling safe and secure is a sentiment we all desire to obtain. We often reflect on investing in security systems and software for our...

Inaugural Anti-Counterfeiting Conference Focused on Cash Management and Defeating Counterfeit Currency

More than 800 attendees converged to the Las Vegas Convention Center November 6-8 for the first-ever Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Expo (ACCE).

How ORC Fuels Human Trafficking

What comes to mind when you think of organized retail crime (ORC)? High-shrink items with high-resell values, such as razors, baby formula, jeans, and...
retail innovation ideas

Retail Innovation Ideas: Dangerous When Forced

When planned, innovation is an essential part of the evolution of retail. But when retail innovation ideas are forced on an organization, they can be a toxic time burglar.
social engineering techniques

Retailers Now Need to Watch for These Social Engineering Techniques

So what exactly is social engineering? It is the manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is a confidence (con, for short) trick for information gathering, fraud, or system access.

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