risk


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 last July when Dakota Access, a subsidiary of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, received permit approval by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to begin […]


bSMART

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 […]


Asking “Why” First

The recent article “Defining the threat in the energy sector,” (CSO Online, 12 April 2016) makes an excellent point about the analysis of threat, that we at Butchko have hammered on for as long as we can remember.  Threat must to be relevant, or it is not a threat.  How do you determine relevancy?  Simple:  ASK WHY.  As the article notes, “understanding the reason for the threat allows us to make near-future predictions about the […]


Corporate Mission Drives the Risk Program

Today’s SecurityInfoWatch article entitled, “New threat metrics motivate integrators to offer enhanced solutions,” provides great insight into the needs of and components to programmatic risk management.  At Butchko, we support Aronson Security Group’s (ASG) initiative in this area – not simply because is aligns with our own recommended approach, but because it drives the vision with a data-driven and programmatic solution.  The ESRM  (Enterprise Security Risk Management) program ASG has developed is complimented by both […]