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Fear and the Price of Security Vulnerability

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

There’s no getting around it.  We live in an uncertain world full of security vulnerability.  Those who remember the liminal moments just before and just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center understand the distinctness of then and now.  There was a time before Columbine when schools were welcoming, safe places where the […]


Revamp School Security–Marry Existing Cameras & AI

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

For some time, the call to “harden our schools” has been sounded by politicians, parents, teachers, school leaders, news outlets and citizens heartbroken and terrified by mass school shootings across the nation.  However, the term “harden” seems to mean different things to different people.  For some, it means training and arming teachers.  For others, it […]


Active Shooter Response – Saving Crucial Minutes in The Response Process Helps Fire/EMS Save Lives

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Giving Responders the Who & Where in Seconds By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisers to Athena Security, Inc. March 2019 When mass shootings happen, saving minutes in the response process helps police and Fire /EMS save lives. The unfortunate reality is that active shooter incidents are occurring with greater frequency and with greater […]


Timing Is Everything

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Timing Is Everything The timing in active shooter situations is changing.  In the past, the time between the first shot fired and the arrival of the police has been measured in long, tortuous minutes, minutes that felt like an eternity to victims.  In some cases, it has taken as much as forty-five minutes for police […]


Active Shooter Response – Minutes Save Lives

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Giving Responders the Who, What, Where & When in Seconds By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisers to Athena Security, Inc. What could responders to mass shootings do with an extra 5 minutes? About half of mass shootings are still active when police arrive. The valiant efforts of these officers to save lives by stopping […]


The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Report: A Teaching Moment

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

On January 2nd, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission released its initial report.  Much was made in the press about one of the recommendations. However, the report is more than a single recommendation.  It begins in the only way possible, in loving memory of the seventeen people who lost their lives on that […]


Building Fortress America

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Combatting Mass Shootings with Artificial Intelligence Instead of Checkpoints Image courtesy of Pinterest By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisors to Athena Security, Inc. Gun violence and mass shootings are an epidemic. Until we figure out how to prevent them, we need to continue to take steps to deter these in-human events and to […]


Hospital Safety: A Growing Threat

Monday, February 4th, 2019

         Hospitals are places where we care for the sick and the vulnerable.  Most of our children are born there.  The elderly and the injured are taken there for care. Highly trained doctors, nurses, and technicians see to the healing and the comfort of the most vulnerable people in our society.  When a […]


Corporate Security for the 21st Century

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Corporations often have valuable assets onsite in their offices.  However, it is the people who work there who are absolutely any corporation’s greatest asset.  So, businesses have plans for keeping their people safe.  There’s a plan to evacuate in place in case of fire.  If the weather is bad, there are protocols to be followed […]


Timing In The Stoneman Douglas Shooting

Friday, January 11th, 2019

In the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting where 17 innocent teenagers were killed and another 17 were injured in one of the deadliest school massacres of all times. Nikolas Cruz came into Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and started shooting at 2:21 pm. Nikolas shot for 6 minutes straight, he […]


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