Charles Goslin

The Risk of Cascading Events

The recent unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina brings to mind and old adage:  ‘for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the rider was lost; for want of a rider, the battle and a country was lost.’ This saying decribes what is known as a threat cascade, a sequence of events where one is a precursor for the next and […]

Can’t we all just get along? The divide between Physical Security and IT.

Physical Security and IT…blending the two remains a bit like trying to mix oil and water.  The two liquids will co-exist in the same bottle, but stubbornly resist any kind of merging at the molecular level. Traditional physical security designs and technology have, until recently, traveled parallel paths with traditional logical and information security designs and policies.  Rarely did the two meet; security management administered the physical security sphere of operations, and the IT department […]

Our Expensive “Security Theater:” Failure in the Face of New and Troubling Threats to Air Travel

When I lived in Sweden years ago, there was a delightful little holiday they celebrated in June called “Midsummer’s Eve.”  Maypoles, flowers, singing, dancing until midnight.  I always felt so joyful after that holiday. Here in the U.S., I see that our own celebration of the summer season has begun.  It’s called the “Airport Security Theater” holiday.  Per tradition, we all gather at the airport at least three hours early, do a shuffle in a […]


At the risk of tooting our own horn, here at Butchko we quietly put our heads together and did something really innovative and different. Between our small group of professionals, we have something like 80-years of collective experience in the security business; threat and risk, security planning, design, implementation…the whole ball of wax.  We have seen the risk assessment process misused, misapplied, and contorted out of any semblance of quality or accuracy through underfunding, practitioner […]

Making Sense of Security Investment

When does it make sense for a business to consider investment in security protection measures such as alarms, barriers, cyber controls, or guards?   Spending on security protective measures for small to medium sized businesses is a big deal even in the best of times.  In the absence of a well-calculated return-on-investment argument, profit will trump the opaque “what if’s” of security risk every time.   Concrete, practical, sensible security protection strategies must be articulated in terms […]