The Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the largest mass gathering in the world – is an annual event typically occurring during late August to early September. Officials often identify sporadic outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory, or bloodborne diseases during and immediately following the Hajj. Those with pre-existing heart or respiratory conditions are more likely to experience negative health consequences when participating in Hajj events.
To protect the health and safety of the travelers and residents alike, Saudi authorities have mandated several immunizations. These...
On July 27, Jamaica’s Senate unanimously approved a new extension of the Emergency Power Resolution for Saint James Parish, following a similar vote by the House of Representatives. The vote extends the state of public emergency that has been in effect in Saint James Parish since January to Nov. 1. The extension comes due to the positive results the policy has shown, and the safer environment it has created in the region. Saint Catherine North, an area within Saint Catherine Parish, is also under state of emergency since March.
Why the State of Emergency was Implemented
Montego Bay, the...
Courtney joined WorldAware in July 2014. She obtained her degree from Marlboro College with a focus on combat psychology and traumatic brain injuries in military veterans from the Vietnam Era through OEF/OIF, with a minor in Islamic studies. She is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and has practiced her skills for over seven years with fire departments in Vermont and Maryland, and has worked in rural medical clinics in Zimbabwe and Guatemala.
Jose is a Regional Intelligence Analyst for the Americas. He is originally from Venezuela, where he practiced journalism and worked in political communications until 2011. He studied for a year in Madrid and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he has been living since 2012. He recently completed a Master’s in Political Science at American University. He is a big sports fan, a political junkie and enjoys traveling. Besides being a native Venezuelan, he is also a Portuguese and Costa Rican citizen.
Alison Payne serves as an intelligence analyst on the Middle East and North Africa Team at WorldAware. She holds a Masters of Arts in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, where she also studied Arabic through the Arabic Language Institute's intensive program. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East from Washington College.
Mike is responsible for service delivery of WorldAware’s world-class intelligence portfolio WorldCue® to our global clients and partners, leveraging strategic subject matter experts for bespoken intelligence analysis, and providing a full spectrum of security & risk consultancy to the largest, most complexed corporations and organizations in the world.
Mike is an experienced intelligence professional in both government service and the private industry. Mike was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations officer and served multiple combat tours as a US Army Major. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, Washington DC, and was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Star for Valor in the field.
In the private sector, Mike created competitive intelligence programs for Fujitsu Limited (Tokyo) and Ernst&Young LLP, and cofounded the cyber intelligence company, iSIGHT Partners (acquired by FireEye). He established the industry’s first cyber threat intelligence programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California and at Visa Incorporated.
He is on the United States Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University Foundation Board of Directors and the ASIS International™ Strategic Planning Commission, is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM™) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP™).
Recently, FCM Travel Solutions' unveiled a travel-intelligent "chatbot." The chatbot, named "Sam," is short for "Smart Assistant for Mobile."
One of the upgraded features - Sam Duty of Care - automatically receives WorldAware location-based alerts in real time based on the travelers current itinerary and prompts travelers to report if they are safe via a push notification. These real-time alerts help travel managers navigate security disruptions and stay informed of the status of each traveler.
WorldAware President, Bruce McIndoe, sat down with Baltimore Business Journal to chat about the evolution of WorldAware, the lessons he's learned along the way, and the shifts he's seen in the security industry as businesses have become more concerned with protecting their people.
"...The type of intelligence we’re focused on is called warning intelligence. So our job is to ferret out indicators that would point to something bad happening in the future. And that’s where companies get the value of it: by understanding what protests or weather or war or whatever it may be early and they can...