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ESC Winter Meeting Recap

The theme at last week’s Energy Security Council‘s (ESC) Winter 2016 Conference was dealing with crises.  From the recent resurgence of terrorism in the west, how to plan for and survive active shooter events, lessons-learned from a “Black Swan” event, to how to intelligently anticipate future risk events in the sea of metadata , the speakers provided a number of different perspectives and insights on preparing for and dealing with crisis situations when they arise.   Butchko’s […]

Charles Goslin ESC

Compliance vs. Risk

How are they related, what are the differences, and how can they be used together to manage cost and effectiveness? We often see compliance management substituted for risk management in both safety and security, which is out of sync with the business at large. When executive business decisions are based on risk, it follows that safety and security decisions need to follow the same approach. To achieve the best results for the company, compliance and […]


Personal Security for Travelers

These days being a tourist or business traveler can be hazardous to your health. Terrorist attacks by Radical Islamist terror groups are on the rise in places where westerners congregate, socialize and stay. On 20 November 2015 the upscale Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali was attacked by heavily-armed gunmen who killed 21 guests. On 15 January 2016, a similar assault on the Splendid luxury hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso left 29 guests dead and over 50 […]


Business Risk: Why Good Intelligence is Critical

Three dimensional chess is an apt analogy for the mental contortions the CEO of a multinational company must endure when contemplating risks to the enterprise.  The variants to this game, played out in real life, involve global time zones, shifting business alliances, natural disasters and climatic events, geo-political upheaval, and of course the eternal push and pull of market forces and competition. Security becomes a relative term when considered in this context. From the perspective […]


A Recap of the Energy Security Council Conference

On August 14, 2014, the Energy Security Council (ESC) hosted its one-day summer conference alongside San Antonio’s scenic Riverwalk and Butchko, Inc. was there to meet with old friends, make new ones, and take the pulse of the oil and gas industry’s security community. Two particular topics caught our interest at this conference. First, a nod from the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Antonio region, Christopher Combs, towards what we’ve been […]