Saturday, June 13, 2015

Start Thinking For Yourself, The Government and Others Could Care Less About YOU!


Start Thinking For Yourself, The Government 
and Others Could Care Less About YOU!
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO CommSmart Global Group of Companies

Any hack and subsequent theft of information is disastrous, no matter who or what it is.  It is an invasion of privacy and those that are doing this, are selling the information and yet again proving that your personal information is more value than any other of your possessions.

The Internet is not a safe and friendly place at all!  Anyone can write and post anything about anybody, whether true or downright lies.  It is posted for all to see and it cannot be removed, like Herpes, it is forever!  The fact is the US Constitution which allows Freedom of Speech has cause heartache to so many, and I know that personally.

Hacking though, is a crime and the culprits are worldwide and in some cases, extremely young.  

We have posted with this Blog, the letter that the US Government has sent to every single employee who has been hacked.

Points to note, they knew this happened in September 2014 and did nothing until last week.  A full 9 months later!  What were they not thinking? 

It was a contractor who was hacked and it seems his passwords to the Federal Government were stolen and then used to infiltrate their servers and have at it.
This is the same scenario that occurred with the retailer Target, a full year earlier.  An air-conditioning contractor was hacked and passwords stolen and in the same way entered Target’s servers.

CommSmart US have for over ten years been securing all Data in Motion and we do not use just a password and nor should anyone else.  It is about 2SSL, one of the means is Device DNA, meaning it is the device that is the verification, not a password who anyone can use, anywhere on any computer.

The cost of being hacked to you, your company and family is immense and you cannot affords NOT to take precautions of your personal and corporate information. 

Do not be arrogant and say “it will never happen to me and is not my problem”! 

It will, it is not IF, it is WHEN!

Homeland Security sent this letter to all compromised employees, in fact all Federal Employees as that is how large the issue is.  If you have a federal Employee in your household, you too could be compromised as the hackers have a direct link to your household.

It is not just the fact people all about you, financial information, and access to your bank accounts, the ability to enter your social or unsocial media and directly about you, where you live and how healthy you are.  Is this making you happy?

Solutions for all are available if you will only listen to those that know what to do, how to do and have been successful in cyber protection for decades and importantly right now and in the future.  There is never 100% security, if anyone tells so, they are liars…  The need for YOU to protect your personal and corporate data has never been more important.

That is our business and our clients know this first hand, they have never been compromised and left out to dry.




June 9, 2015
Dear xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx,
We are writing to inform you that your personal information processed by KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc. ("KeyPoint"), a private contractor used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct pre-employment credit checks, may have been compromised. This potential compromise occurred as a result of an intrusion of the contractor's computer systems that was initially discovered in September 2014.
In response, DHS immediately stopped the flow of information to the contractor and activity that the company was performing until we ensured that additional safeguards were put in place. The contractor has since implemented the required safeguards requested by DHS to prevent future incidents of this nature.
While we are not aware of any misuse of your information, some sensitive personal information, including your name, Social Security number, date of birth, and credit report, may have been compromised. Therefore, we want to inform you of the incident and encourage you to take the actions described below, including taking advantage of complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services that we are providing at no cost to you.
The following identity protection services start on the date of this notice and you can use them at any time during the next 18 months:
AllClear SECURE: The team at AllClear ID is ready and standing by if you need help protecting your identity. You are automatically eligible to use this service — there is no action required on your part. If a problem arises, simply call 1-855-861-4035 and a dedicated investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore your credit and make sure your identity is returned to its proper condition. AllClear ID maintains an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau.
AllClear PRO: This service offers additional layers of protection including credit monitoring and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy. To use the PRO service, you will need to
provide your personal information to Al1Clear ID.  You may sign up online at xxxxx.xxxxx.com or by phone by calling 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx using the following redemption code: xxxxxx.  
Additional steps may be required by you in order to activate your phone alerts.  

Please note that this credit monitoring offer only applies to the addressee of this letter and is not available to anyone other than the individuals who receive this notification. Additionally, if you are a current federal employee or contractor, we encourage you to contact your security office if you become aware of any contacts or other activity that could raise security concerns. 

We regret that this incident has occurred. Please be assured that DHS remains deeply committed to protecting the privacy and security of information and has taken appropriate actions to respond to this intrusion. Please note that DHS will not contact you to confirm any personally identifiable information. If you are contacted by anyone purporting to represent DHS and asking you for your personal information, do not provide it. 

For more information, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/intrusion.
Sincerely,
Catherine V. Emerson

Chief Human Capital Officer

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Psst... The Word on the Street...


Psst... The Word On The Street…
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
CommSmart Global Group of Companies.

I know, we all hate chores, but I have one for you.  Something that will blow your mind as you are relaxingly allowing the world to drift by.

As you sit in a cafĂ©, restaurant or bar, listening to the chatter around you.  Do not make it obvious that you are eavesdropping or suddenly join in their conversation, just listen.  Hear what they are discussing and obtain a general pattern of the conversation, the key words, so to speak.

It will astound you what people are discussing and their real down to earth opinions on a myriad of subjects.  The concerns they have and how they going to change the world or deal with a family issue.  Be careful, I do not want to hear that someone got annoyed with you for listening in to their deepest secrets!

There is a theme of conversation on the weekends that very different from the middle of the week.  See if you can connect the dots and understand.

Those of us that have that lunch in the restaurant around the corner, grab a sandwich and sit out on a summer's day, discussing all sorts of subjects, including business, family and friends.  In fact, we have strong opinions on many a subject that should never be discussed in the open market of life.

Your sex life and business ventures are no one else's business, yet there are those that are listening to the Atmospherics of Chatter and honing in on one's of interest that have a monetary value.  

Yes, professional eavesdroppers who listen, collect and sell to the highest bidder.

Business is business and your business has no place in someone else's hands or ears.  Information has a value and in today's anti-social atmosphere, prying human ears using today's technology have access to it all.

It was during WWII that the phrase, "Loose Lips, Sink Ships" was coined, it is relevant even more today.  Corporate secrets new designs, launch dates, out sourced manufacturers, costs, new hires, pricing and innovations yet to be brought to market are out in the Atmosphere, by plucked, shared and sold each and everyday!   

Oh, the napkin you scribbled your notes on, do not leave it on the table or throw it in the bin as you leave, take it with you, even a crumpled napkin is worth a fortune.

Understand, the WORD ON THE STREET…

P.S.  Shut up and listen, keep your private world, private...


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gang Wars - The Failure of Enforcement Tactics and the Need for Effective Public Safety Strategies.

Gang Wars - The Failure of COMMUNITY/Enforcement Tactics 
and the Need for Effective Public Safety Strategies.
By Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO, CommSmart Global & CommSmart US

It is the ability to fight insurgency and gangs with the full understanding that they are one and the same.  We have failed for too long and the proven approach of CommSmart US's People is available now, worldwide.  The amassed information and expertise of the team is forever educating and enforcing the tactile abilities for countries, cities and communities to reclaim their residential rights and live in safety once more.

Much has been written on this subject and due to lack of resources, nothing has followed through to alleviate the issues.  It is always stated, it is lack of funding that causes the problem.  Maybe it is, but it is how you approach the gang issues and realize that it is more than money, it is the communities responsibility as well.

It is not just having a preconceived plan or collecting data to place in a report.  It is the ability to evaluate the issues, which have many differing elements on various levels and then reacting and enacting the formulated plan for the specific concerns that have been established. 

Having a vast tool chest with different scenarios in mind, is the key.  Having individuals that care and meticulously plan the solution with their clients and community in mind is CommSmart US's People’s modus operandi. 

With keen evaluation, the team is a full boots on the ground unit that accumulates chatter, social medium intelligence and analyzes with proprietary software and does not place it in a data silo, it lays out the plan of action and works hand-in-hand with the authorities to initiate the cleansing for the community to be transported back to normal, which they fully deserve.

The Justice Policy Institute stated: Fear has spread from neighborhoods with longstanding gang problems to communities with historically low levels of crime, and some policy makers have declared the arrival of a national and international gang “crisis.”

Yet many questions remain unanswered.
  • How can communities and policy makers differentiate between perceived threats and actual challenges presented by gangs?
  • Which communities are most affected by gangs, and what is the nature of that impact?
  • How much of the crime that plagues poor urban neighborhoods is attributable to gangs? And what approaches work to promote public safety?

The public face of the gang problem is black and brown, but whites make up the largest group of adolescent gang members. Law enforcement sources report that over 90 percent of gang members are nonwhite, but youth survey data show that whites account for 40 percent of adolescent gang members. 

White gang youth closely resemble black and Latino counterparts on measures of delinquency and gang involvement, yet they are virtually absent from most law enforcement and media accounts of the gang problem. The disparity raises troubling questions about how gang members are identified by police.

Most gang members join when they are young and quickly outgrow their gang affiliation without the help of law enforcement or gang intervention programs. A substantial minority of youth (7 percent of whites and 12 percent of blacks and Latinos) goes through a gang phase during adolescence, but most youth quit the gang within the first year. One multistate survey found that fully half of eighth-graders reporting gang involvement were former members. When former gang members cite reasons why they left the gang, they commonly mention high levels of violence and say that they just grew out of gang activity; only rarely do they cite fear of arrest or criminal penalties.

The record of law enforcement anti-gang efforts provides little reason for optimism. Media reports are full of stories about cities where crime goes up, a crackdown is launched, and crime goes down. But a review of research on the implementation of gang enforcement strategies—ranging from neighborhood-based suppression to the U.S. Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Comprehensive Gang Program Model—paints a very different picture. Findings from investigations of gang enforcement efforts in 17 jurisdictions over the past two decades yield few examples of success and many examples of failure.

The problems highlighted in the research include:
  • Lack of correspondence between the problem, typically lethal and/or serious violence, and a law enforcement response that targets low-level, non-violent misbehavior.
  • Resistance on the part of key agency personnel to collaboration or implementation of the strategy as designed.
  • Evidence that the intervention had no effect or a negative effect on crime and violence.
  • A tendency for any reductions in crime or violence to evaporate quickly, often before the end of the intervention period.
  • Poorly designed evaluations that make it impossible to draw any conclusions about the effect of an intervention.
  • Failure of replication efforts to achieve results comparable to those of pilot programs.
  • Severe imbalances of power and resources between law enforcement and community partners that hamper the implementation of “balanced” gang control initiatives.

The literature survey also yielded the following findings concerning typical gang enforcement initiatives:

Police gang units are often formed for the wrong reasons and perceived as isolated and ineffectual by law enforcement colleagues. A survey of 300 large cities found that the formation of gang units was more closely associated with the availability of funding and the size of the Latino population than with the extent of local gang or crime problems. An in-depth study of four cities determined that gang units were formed in response to “political, public, and media pressure” and that “almost no one other than the gang unit officers themselves seemed to believe that gang unit suppression efforts were effective at reducing the communities’ gang problems.” Investigators found that gang officers were poorly trained and that their units became isolated from host agencies and community residents. The chief of one police department admitted that he had “little understanding of what the gang unit did or how it operated.” The authors observed that the isolation of gang units from host agencies and their tendency to form tight-knit subcultures—not entirely unlike those of gangs—may contribute to a disturbingly high incidence of corruption and other misconduct.

Heavy-handed suppression efforts can increase gang cohesion and police-community tensions, and they have a poor track record when it comes to reducing crime and violence. Suppression remains an enormously popular response to gang activity despite concerns by gang experts that such tactics can strengthen gang cohesion and increase tension between law enforcement and community members. Results from Department of Justice–funded interventions in three major cities yield no evidence that a flood of federal dollars and arrests had a positive impact on target neighborhoods. St. Louis evaluators found that dozens of targeted arrests and hundreds of police stops failed to yield meaningful reductions in crime in the targeted neighborhoods, even during the period of intense police activity. Dallas residents saw the incidence of “gang-related” violence fall in target areas but had little to celebrate because the overall violent crime numbers rose during the intervention period. Detroit evaluators reported initial reductions in gun crimes within two targeted precincts, but the apparent gains were short-lived: by the end of the intervention period, the incidence of gun crime in target areas was at pre-intervention levels and trending upward.

“Balanced” gang control strategies have been plagued by replication problems and imbalances between law enforcement and community stakeholders. Gang program models that seek to balance suppression activities with the provision of social services and supports have been piloted in Boston and Chicago with some success. But the results of attempts to replicate Operation Ceasefire and the Comprehensive Gang Program Model in other jurisdictions have been disappointing. Replications of the Ceasefire model in Los Angeles and Indianapolis produced no evidence that efforts to disseminate a deterrence message had changed the behavior of gang members. Meanwhile, replications of the Chicago model in five cities produced mixed results, with just two sites reporting reductions in participants’ violent behavior that approached statistical significance. Prevention and intervention appeared to lag far behind suppression efforts in the many sites. The Los Angeles Ceasefire evaluators concluded: “We suspect that the carrot side of these interventions will always lag far behind the stick side in spite of the best intentions that it not do so, unless some extraordinary efforts are made” (emphasis added). A recent analysis concluded that two-thirds of resources expended on gang reduction in Los Angeles have gone to suppression activities.

African American and Latino communities bear the cost of failed gang enforcement initiatives. Young men of color are disproportionately identified as gang members and targeted for surveillance, arrest, and incarceration, while whites—who make up a significant share of gang members—rarely show up in accounts of gang enforcement efforts. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office found that close to half of black males between the ages of 21 and 24 had been entered in the county’s gang database even though no one could credibly argue that all of these young men were current gang members. Communities of color suffer not only from the imposition of aggressive police tactics that can resemble martial law, but also from the failure of such tactics to pacify their neighborhoods. One researcher argues that in Chicago, for example, a cycle of police suppression and incarceration, and a legacy of segregation, have actually helped to sustain unacceptably high levels of gang violence.  Sadly this is now entering an even worse period for Chicago and gangs and gang violence is increasing at a radical rate.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Balls, Boots & Bribes - How Does Your Company Give Under The Table Bonus To Your Clients?

Balls, Boots & Bribes
How Does Your Company Give
Under The Table Bonus To Your Clients?
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO CommSmart Global

What do you mean, you don't?

Come on, the media is full of stories of people being paid off, extra under the table payments to seal the deal!  You would think that dishonesty does pay off and you have to be a commercial hoodlum to do business in this world.

Who would of thought that FIFA would have been involved in this sort of business?  It seems many people, who turned a blind eye to the deals that the Football organizations us to do business.  Blatter, the president for last two decades is in the criminal spotlight, yet again.  Like any human trait, getting away with it once or twice, then becomes an illicit lifestyle!

Under the table bribes or using what was termed as a "Slush Fund" is the Western way.  Worldwide it is happening every single minute of the day... it seems it is acceptable until those using it are caught.

  slush fund
: an amount of money that is kept secretly for illegal or dishonest purposes
1
:  a fund for bribing public officials or carrying on corruptive propaganda
2   :  an unregulated fund often used for illicit purposes
It may seem advantageous at the time, the ramifications when caught, are never ending to all concerns, both sides of the bribe.
It is not just money, it is trips, dinners, the bar tab, sex, sports tickets and I hear some of you sniggling right now.  Yes, those things you do and take for granted.  There is no excuse in the phrase: "but, how else am I going to do business, it is expected of me".
How can it be illegal, everyone is doing it!  Just because others are doing it, does not make it legal.
STOP!

Make your company the best by gaining business honestly, if not, shut the doors or keep going until you are caught, prosecuted and you lose everything.
There is a way to come clean, do tremendous business, make great profits and be able to sleep at night.  How is that I hear you ask?
Simple, get our assessment and be shown how to be #1 in sales...
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