Read ‘Lessons Learned from the Project Trenches’ – Featured in Security Technology Executive Magazine

Lessons Learned from the Project Trenches was just published in this month’s Security Technology Executive magazine from SecurityInfoWatch. This article was written by Benjamin Butchko incorporating his years of project experience to help others leverage lessons learned and bring more projects to conclusion with positive results. Project Management done well … Read more

Understanding & Preventing Tragedy in Outdoor Public Areas

A Manhattan mile transformed into a killing field yesterday, when a man rented a pickup truck and carried out his Jihad. “Rent me starting at $19” read the sign on the grotesquely bent truck, a painful testament to the disproportionate economies-of-scale of asymmetric warfare. In the city where law enforcement, … Read more

Fake News

The term “Fake News” has become a common fixture in our lexicon.  Although the current usage of the term does not align with the original derivation, the prominent role that it plays in our culture bears close examination.  Is it all a lot of noise in the Twitter-sphere, or is … Read more

Pipeline Activism Expected to Rise Significantly

What on earth do “Water Protectors”, “Doxxing”, or “Valve Turners” have in common?  These arcane terms describe different tactics used within the murky world of pipeline activism and protest.  Pipeline protests – a familiar headache in the oil and gas industry – had been in a kind of remission until … Read more

Radical Islamic Terrorism – An Update on the Threat

Charles E. Goslin, senior security consultant with Butchko, Inc., provided the Houston Chapter of ASIS International with an update on the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism following recent ISIS defeats in Mosul. Goslin’s central thesis is that traditional military defeats of ISIS on the battlefield will not eradicate its lethality … Read more

The Russians are Coming? Why Attention to Cyber Defense is More Critical Than Ever

The new-found “Red Scare” arising from the revelation of Russian-government directed cyber attacks against the U.S., reminds me of a wonderful line from the movie “Casablanca.”  Captain Renault, a reluctant Vichy-police official with rather flexible views on the vice of gambling, is pressured by the Nazi’s to find any pretext … Read more