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Midy Aponte
August 24, 2011

Under the Leadership of Former U.S. Marine and CISSP-Certified Shane Molinari, Business Continuity Management Professionals® will Provide Private and Public Sector Entities with Business Continuity and Recovery Solutions

TALLAHASSEE – In time for National Preparedness Month, former U.S. Marine and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Mr. Shane Molinari, today announced the launch of Business Continuity Management Professionals (BCMPros®), a full-service Business Continuity solution provider that will partner with businesses to ensure continuity and recovery of critical business functions in the event of an accident, disaster, emergency and/or threat.

Specifically, BCMPros® will focus on a wide-range of Portfolio Management support, including third-party assessments, planning and project management, as well as training and testing related to:

  1. Disaster Preparedness & Recovery: Equipping organizations to continue to manage business operations under adverse conditions, by introducing appropriate resilience strategies, recovery objectives, business continuity, operational risk management considerations, and crisis management plans.
  2. Security: Readying organizations to detect, counter, and neutralize potential physical and Cyber security threats. BCMPros® has proven worldwide experience in cyber crime, anti-terrorism and nuclear energy.
  3. Cloud Computing: Supporting large enterprises’ strategic and phased approach toward migrating to the Cloud by implementing BCMPros® defined "Readiness Assessment" process to assure the transition is one of low risk with maximum value.

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Reality Based Training for the Maritime Environment
Jason A. Knowles, CEO
Hard Target Security Group
August 21, 2009

Depending on the size of your vessel and your wallet you may not be able to hire Security Professionals for your protection. You may be looking for training solutions as an alternative. Hard Target Security Group (HTSG) provides training for the captain, crew and families in modern techniques for vessel defense including how to avoid unwanted boarding’s. The current standard in training the crew the Vessel Security Plan (VSP) is better than nothing, but for most it is a mere walkthrough of the VSP. Adding Reality Based Training to your preparation will be the catalyst for success in an essential element of survival called stress inoculation.

First let’s examine what Reality Based Training is. The goal of this type of training is to mirror reality and by doing so induce live stress into the individuals involved. You want the students, in this case Captain and crew, to execute the Vessel Security Plan in a controlled yet realistic role-player scenario. This way, their first dry run is not the actual life and death situation. You want them to experience reality safely and successfully as many times as possible, and ideally you would want them to conduct the training on the vessel they work on. Reality Based Training in the maritime environment should be training that is designed to test and evaluate your VSP, crew responses, and individual performance under life like stress with minimal consequences.

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Modern Day Piracy and Techniques for Safety on the Sea

By Jason Knowles
Hard Target Security Group
July 28, 2009

With what seems like a daily increase in reports of piracy there are many questions and concerns about how to increase security for vessel owners, their guests, Captain and crew.  Many countries have released guidelines for vessels traveling in High Risk Waters (HRW), and it is a good idea to review and become familiar with these governmental releases. What you will find is that there are some similarities that may prove beneficial to you as you adapt your Vessel Security Plan (VSP) to fit our current environment.

There are a number of companies that offer protective services for the maritime environment. Each of these companies have different methods to meet your security needs. Some are more innovative than others, Some more flexible than others, some come with more assets and toys at a higher price than others, but all are well worth the money opposed to the loss of life and/or millions of dollars in assets. Professionals will virtually instantly make you and your vessel a hard target, which means the bad guys go after someone else. In essence they are your sheepdogs.

Depending on the size of your vessel and your wallet you may not be able to hire Security Professionals for your protection. A Portion of HTSG is geared towards training the captain and crew in the techniques to avoid unwanted boarding’s. This is usually when the question of weapons onboard comes up. There is much more to vessel security or defense than fighting and weaponry. True vessel security training should encompass training with the Captain and crew on topics such as mind set, demeanor, awareness, presence, confidence, discipline, then perhaps get into practical lessons on weaponry, empty hand strikes, control techniques, and close quarter battle. By adding reality based training, you will be successful in an essential element of survival called stress inoculation. The Captain and crew will have rehearsed the execution of their VSP in a controlled yet realistic role-player scenario so that the first dry run is not the real life and death situation.

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