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18 Nov 11. In light of increasingly volatile protests and actions targeting businesses and CEOs, business and non-profit leaders are seeking out the expertise of integrated security and intelligence firms to protect them. Centurion Intelligence Partners (CIP), a global leader in highly specialized discreet intelligence and security services has seen a surge in urgent requests for crisis preparation services. “Crisis planning and prevention is something CEOs sometimes put at the bottom of their list of priorities. Now, it has jumped to the top. They realize they are vulnerable to cyber and physical attacks and they are responsible for the safety of their employees and the continuity of their operations,” said CIP President Col. Frank Bragg (Ret.). “Some CEOs even fear for the safety of their families, as protesters increasingly go to homes of business leaders.” Last night, protesters “occupied” a London office building owned by investment firm UBS. And there have been numerous incidents in the last year of various protest groups converging on hotels, convention centers and businesses. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

16 Nov 11. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is considering purchasing a share in the US Air Force (USAF) Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system to counter cyber attacks, defence minister Peter MacKay has revealed. The $477m satellite access, also known as Global Mercury, will be activated immediately following the signing of the MoU between the DND and USAF. The WGS is the US DoD highest-capacity satellite communications system designed to provide fast, flexible, broadband communications for US war-fighters and their allies worldwide. Upon completion in 2018 the system will have nine communications satellites for handling large amounts of bandwidth transmitting and exchanging secure data. Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands are also planning to become part of the network system. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

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