Join RaySecur for an important expert panel discussion critical for mail and physical security teams:
The State of Mail Security:
2020 Dangerous Mail Incidents & Risk Analysis
On this free event, RaySecur CSO Will Plummer and Director of Mail Security Cody Martin will analyze trends from the known dangerous mail incidents in 2020 — and what they mean for 2021.
The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Dangerous Mail Investigations Unit responds to 10 dangerous mail incidents every day, on average. Most are undisclosed by law enforcement.
In 2020, several hundred mail-borne threat incidents became public knowledge. This discussion will present an analysis of the publicly-known dangerous mail incidents in 2020, within the broader context of official USPIS and ATF historical statistics.
The State of Mail Security
More than 8,700 incidents involving suspicious items sent in the mail were reported in 2019, including powders, liquids, and suspect or unattended packages.
Suspect mail items analyzed
by USPIS forensics lab.
Incidents reported by
USPIS and ATF.
Federal agents in USPIS unit for Dangerous Mail Investigations
Suspicious mail incidents reported by USPIS per day, on average
Dangerous mail attacks are far more common than many security teams realize.
Prevalence & Cost of Dangerous Mail
From US PIS, ATF, and public data around the US, we know that thousands of companies receive mail threats each year—and many receive more than one in the same year.
Types & Examples of Mail Threats
When most people hear “mail threat,” they tend to think of ticking time bombs seen in movies. In reality, hoax white powders and drugs are much more common, in some cases via inter-office mail.
Organizations can protect their personnel and property with proper risk assessment and established SOPs, including scalable technology.
An effective enterprise risk assessment uses guidelines provided by US Department of Homeland Security, including Facilities Best Practices published as part of the DHS SAFETY Act.
Most organizations deploy x-ray scanners, if mail security is a concern. Tools and technology for screening should include Millimeter Wave scanning, to enable realtime 3D scanning for smaller threats like liquids and powders.
Mail Security Expert Panel
RaySecur has the subject matter experts and resources to help security teams understand the risks of dangerous mail threats, and the solutions to counter them.
Chief Security Officer
& EODSecur Director
Will is 25-year veteran of the US Army, where he earned a Bronze Star with Valor as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.
- Commanded multiple Special Ops units with multiple combat deployments
- Certified Multifunctional Logistician
- Supported Civil Authorities on Hundreds of Full-Spectrum EOD incidents
- Directed VIP support for the last 8 U.S. Presidents
Dir. of Mail Security
& SOP Team Lead
Cody Martin had over 12 years of experience as a Federal Agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and several additional years as a mail security consultant.
- USPIS Dangerous Mail Specialist & Instructor
- Co-created USPIS IED Program for National Headquarters
- Investigator on high-profile / VIP cases
- Screened mail for the NFL, NBA, President George W. Bush (ret.)
Alex Sappok, Ph.D.
Alex was previously Founder and CEO of FST, an MIT spin-out company developing advanced sensors acquired by NYSE: CTS.
- Holder of over a dozen patents in radio frequency sensing & S.M.
- M.S & Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT
- 40+ peer-reviewed conference and journal publications
Mail Threats are Increasing
Nearly 95% of all dangerous mail was small enough to fit into a USPS “blue box” postal drop box — small is the new scary.
Mail Threats in Small Packages
In 2020, dangerous mail incidents increased across most of the spectrum, especially in small mail pieces.
Parcels comprised 63% of all threats, with letters making up 32% of threats and the remaining 5% unidentified in the reporting. A parcel is defined by USPS as anything at least 3″ x 6″ x 1/4″ thick.
These numbers are significant — nearly 95% of all dangerous mail was small enough to fit into a USPS “blue box” postal drop box.
This trend further emphasizes the importance of size and chain of custody when evaluating the risk to the organization.