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Schneider Trucking- Thank You on Behalf of Vets! July 9, 2020

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schneidertruckUntil yesterday I had a passing knowledge of Schneider National, Inc. (Schneider Trucking).  Through an unfortunate circumstance (read below). I became much better acquainted.  First, let me tell you what I learned.  This company has been around since 1935! Additionally, 22% of their drivers are veterans.  Probably once of the most impressive things I learned was their dedication to all veterans.  They have a military apprenticeship program and other benefits for vets.

Schneider has (since 2007) a very cool program called Ride of Pride where, if a veteran driver applies and is selected, they get to captain a custom rig that is absolutely beautiful.  Check out the picture at the top! Check out this cool video, as well!  It is a great honor for drivers and, apparently, very selective.  In addition to driving they get to attend special functions around the country representing the program, and veterans.  Again, amazing effort by Schneider to show support for vets. In 2020 they released their 12th Ride of Pride truck.

Unfortunately, there are always some people who want to take advantage of a good thing.  Schneider’s website listed their newest driver and listed his military background and bio.  This immediately caught the attention of the US Marine Reconnaissance and Scout/Sniper community with which I am a member. Many of our members are combat vets, disabled vets, and wounded vets.  Without going into too many details in this post, suffice it to say that the claims this person made appeared clearly fabricated.  I called Schneider, as I am sure many others did, to report the discrepancies.  I received a call back within two hours to inform me that an investigation was already being undertaken.

Literally within hours the website was scrubbed of that driver and Schneider had issued a statement.

“Since 2007, Ride of Pride trucks have served as rolling tributes to the U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces within Schneider’s fleets. These commemorative trucks are made even more special by their drivers – military veterans who command the road with the same valor as they displayed while serving their country. To that end and in light of recent feedback, we are reviewing our captain selection process. One of Schneider’s core values is integrity, and we are committed to ensuring integrity in the Ride of Pride program. Thank you for your support for the Ride of Pride and the military branches and servicemembers it honors.”

I am not privy to how the investigation resulted nor do I care to know.  What I do know is that Schneider took the concerns seriously, and moved with lightening speed to address the concerns raised by numerous veterans.  It would have been very easy to have just ignored the concerns.  In addition, from the statement, it appears that Schneider is taking further steps to maintain the integrity of this amazing program.

For this Schneider ….THANK YOU!  Many companies say they support vets…you have shown in no uncertain terms with your hiring practices, your Ride for Pride and your quick action to resolve an unfortunate situation that you “walk the walk”!

Chris Mark published in Computing Security Magazine May 21, 2020

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Computing Security magazine recently published an article I wrote on COVID19 and Threats, Vulnerabilities and Exploits.

“The suitability of security strategies is relative to the controls implemented to address risks; therefore, security should be viewed as a function of time and resources. Naturally, there can be no guarantee of security when threats are constantly adapting. Adaptive Threats are caused by something that can change its behaviour in reaction to prevention. As defences improve, threat actors adapt and so this cycle continues.

Adaptive Threats react to take advantages of vulnerabilities which are characteristics of design, location, security posture, operation and they render an asset, system, network, or entity susceptible to disruption, existing even if yet unidentified. An exploit is something that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability and can be used to gain advantage of a susceptibility in a control. However, not all vulnerabilities are of equal risk or severity.

Furthermore, exploits and vulnerabilities are not mutually independent, and one can only exist without knowledge of the other…”.READ MORE!

How to publish your first Article in a Magazine! April 5, 2020

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As we are all spending time at home, I thought I would publish a quick video on how to write and publish an article.  I have published scores of articles and frequently get asked how to identify a topic, research, write and then publish an article.  This is about a 40 minute discussion of what has been successful for me! I hope you enjoy!  Would love any feedback anyone has!!  Here is where you can download the actual preso with narration.  Easier to watch. https://maritimerisk.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/publishing-your-first-article.ppsx

A Perspective on Guns & Killing from “A Marine and his Rifle” (Updated 2020) February 25, 2020

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“I left the sky in the middle of the night
I hit the deck and I’m ready to fight.
Colt .45 and Kabar by my side
These are the tools that make men die.”

-Infantry Cadence

With the recent political debates raging and ‘gun control’ once again front and center of the Democrat candidate’s platforms, I felt it was appropriate to update and republish for 2020.   This post is not a position on gun control rather it is intended give some insight into a side of the issue few outside of specialized jobs probably recognize or acknowledge.  That of the human weapon. (more…)

“Satisficing” in 2020!- Choose the Best Available Option. February 25, 2020

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Herbert Simon

As  we are well into this 2020 political cycle I thought it prudent to reference an important political (and decision making) concept.  In his seminal 1947 work Administrative Behavior the esteemed Political Scientist, Economist and Nobel Prize Laureate Herbert Simon referenced a concept he called Satisficing.  The concept was formally put forth in 1965.  So what exactly is Satisficing?  First it is a portmanteau which combines “satisfy” and “success”.   According to Wikipedia Satisficing is: Satisficing is a decision-making strategy or cognitive heuristic that entails searching through the available alternatives until an acceptability threshold is met.” The term satisficing,  is a combination of satisfy and suffice.”

We all Satisfice every day.  Consider the last car you bought.  (more…)

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