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Tom Meehan, CFI

Tom Meehan, CFI
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Tom Meehan, CFI, is retail technology editor for LP Magazine as well as 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. Meehan recently published is first book titled Evolution of Retail Asset Protection: Protecting Your Profit in a Digital Age. He can be reached at TomM@LPportal.com.

The Danger of Misinformation on Social Media

Social media has helped people learn more about current events, but it is not a traditional news source and shouldn’t be treated as such.

How Elections and Retailers Can Be Impacted When Civil Unrest Turns Violent

Civil unrest, such as riots and looting where destruction of property results, impacts retailers of all sizes. Some more than others.

Unraveling the Mystery of the Dark Web

With an understanding of the dark web, you can use this tool to discover potential threats before they become actual attacks against your company.
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Cyber-Security Strategies during COVID-19

Cyber crime has always been an issue, but recently bad actors have been taking advantage of both individuals and businesses during this vulnerable time.
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Why You Should Leverage OSINT and Social Media Monitoring during COVID

Social media can be used as a tool for open-source intelligence, commonly referred to as OSINT, as an effective method of data collection for retailers.

Using Social Media as a Security and Threat Assessment Tool

OSINT existed before social media did, and a vast trove of publicly available information still exists beyond social media. We all know the information is out there, but few of us have the expertise, time, or patience to ferret out the parts we need. That’s where OSINT tools come in.

2020 Retail Trends That Will Impact Asset Protection

Technology is not here to eliminate us; it’s here to make our jobs and lives easier. Retail will continue to evolve with technology. As retailers, our responsibility is to focus our efforts on improving the customer experience using the new tools at our disposal.
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4 Retail Trends Seen at the NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show

They don’t call it the Big Show for nothing. There were over 40,000 people in attendance from all over the world to talk retail, technology, strategy, and the future at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show hosted in New York City January 12–14. Here are four of the biggest trends that will impact retailers in 2020.

What Retailers Need to Know about New York’s Bail Elimination Act

A New York law eliminating cash bail and pretrial detention for most nonviolent crimes went into place at the beginning of the new year. The legislation was designed to address the disproportionate effect on people who cannot afford to pay bail and must remain in jail until their trial date. However, the unintended consequences for retailers is the risk of most shoplifting and ORC offenders remaining free to commit more crimes.

7 Cybersecurity Predictions for Retail in 2020 and Beyond

The rapid change in retail is making it increasingly difficult for us to mitigate risk of cyberattacks. We must remain vigilant and take a balanced approach that focuses on prevention and how we respond to a cyber event. Here are some trends to consider.
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