Entries by Will Plummer

Demystifying Mail Threats: What really can hurt you?

The most common method of training for potential security threats is to identify and focus on the “worst-case scenario.” Doing so gets the full scope of the threat on the table so everyone understands how significant the situation can be. What this doesn’t do is mentally prepare those involved when the scenario isn’t the worst […]

USPS Drops Size Allocations for Collection Bins

USPS Seemingly Small Size Standards Change Is Actually Extremely Significant      In direct response to recent pressures regarding mail-borne threats, the United States Postal Service (USPS) reduced the acceptable size of mail deposited in blue collection boxes.  Acknowledging that the majority of mail hazards are deposited in USPS collection boxes, this change will affect […]

21st Century Drug Trafficking Advisories on Fentanyl and Other Synthetics

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY August 21, 2019 21st Century Drug Trafficking Advisories on Fentanyl and Other Synthetics Introduction This series of private-sector advisories on illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids focuses on U.S. whole-of-government efforts to combat fentanyl trafficking, highlights the risks to U.S. and international businesses and supply chains, and […]

Warshipping

RaySecur Security Advisory: WARSHIPPING – IT and Network Vulnerabilities through the Mail Aside from conventional mail threats to an organization’s personnel and infrastructure via CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) mail vulnerabilities also pose a serious risk to IT and cyber assets.  Recent testing by IBM has highlighted a practice known as “warshipping” where […]

Ricin: A Threat Yes But Not Often Fatal

Ricin was found this week on letters at two separate prison mailrooms in California.  Ricin, naturally found in castor beans, is extremely toxic and easily refined into the deadly poison.  This toxin has been used in warfare, although some applications violated ethical conventions, and assassinations since World War One. How did ricin get into two […]

Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD): A Legitimate Threat Without The Fanfare

RDDs and other similar radiological threats are just as destructive and expensive as IEDs, albeit in different manners. Prior to 9/11, response preparedness focused significantly on RDDs as a legitimate threat. To first responders, especially in metropolitan areas, RDDs were a big fear. For decades emergency response plans accounted for radiological threats and this drove […]