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Thanks to you

Thanks to you

That’s it, that’s the title. There’s nothing witty for you this week I’m afraid (though not for lack of trying). I’m taking this week to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for.

For me, it’s the opportunity to share this blog space with you every week and discuss important topics in the security sphere and things adjacent. It’s only been a few months, but they’ve been great as I settle in with all my welcoming new co-workers. I’m also thankful for the abundance of the security industry in what I see as pretty positive trends after reviewing the quarterly financial statements for a dozen different companies. Covid-19 and the global shutdown did a number on every industry across the globe, but security leaders seem to have their priorities figured out and are starting to get everything right on track.

You might also think there’s not a lot to be thankful for this week. We have had several tragic events including another mass shooting in Colorado. Instead, I would point to the brave actions of Richard Fierro and Thomas James who subdued the gunman and prevented even more casualties from occurring. Furthermore, I’m thankful for the vigilance and support of groups like the Community Service Trust out of Britain, who’s information led to the arrest of a pair of men planning an attack on New York synagogues. I, and all my colleagues in the media are incredibly grateful that’s not a story we’ll have to get up and write tomorrow. My news mentor to his venerable credit only swore like a sailor in front of me once in our years together, and it was to tell me he hates dead baby stories, and I quite agree.

I’m also thankful that news of the treatment of workers, like the 50,000 security personnel “acquired” by Qatar for the World Cup is making waves. There’s no place in a truly secure world for slavery by any name and seeing the world community rally in their condemnation of it is heartening.

 Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for all of you that have read this far. I would be lying if I said I didn’t write this blog for you, so when you’re out there with your families (furnished, found, or otherwise) to take care and be safe and secure this holiday season. Thanksgiving might only be the 8th deadliest holiday for deadly traffic accidents, but fire departments respond to nearly 1000 deep fryer related incidents every year. I know because I’ve written both those articles before, and I’d rather not have to wake up and do it tomorrow.

Thanks in advance.


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